"Gateway to England" Top 5 Page for this destination Dover by chrishc

Dover Travel Guide: 353 reviews and 743 photos

Glad to call it home

Not the nicest town in the world, but it is a working port so you have to make allowances and it does have some redeeming features.

The castle which dominates the skyline is superb and the white cliffs are great when the sun catches them right.

Dover has many little villages nearby several are very picturesque and have nice hostelries hidden in them.

Travel tips

The ferry port is about a mile from the railway station, but there is usually a shuttle bus running between the two.

Shuttle buses also service the cruise terminal in the Western docks when required and the Hoverport (where the Seacats dock) is similarly served.

The trains to London are old and draughty but quite frequent, (the Charing Cross route is the quickest). (I work in London).

Western Docks

The western Docks are used by the cruise ships and also the sea cats (catamarans), known locally as the vomit comets, I think they are a good way to cross the channel, and quick. These docks are situated onthe other side of town

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A useful place, has history, set in some nice countryside
  • Cons:Shopping not very good apart from De Bradleigh
  • In a nutshell:A working town scattered with a few jewels
  • Intro Updated Oct 23, 2004
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  • Mar 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    what a great site! it answered all my sightseeing questions. you could be a travel guide. fuzzyfl

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    Aug 21, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    I have a photo of me there, with the castle in the background, from when I was 9! We were staying in our favourite Broadstairs.

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 10:08 AM

    Thanks for the super pictures!

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 12:57 AM

    Great page and beautiful photos. Happy Birthday to you.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2006 at 10:09 PM

    Happy Birthday from one who has passed through Dover a few times, but never had a chance to see it until today visiting your page.

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2005 at 1:43 AM

    So much more here than just White Cliffs! I enjoyed the Samphire Ho tip too, things like that interest me.

  • Apr 19, 2005 at 2:01 PM

    Hi Chris,really good Dover pages,i know Dover well,great photos also,Lynda : )

  • pocketpiglet's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 6:41 AM

    very interesting pages about Dover, the photos are lovely. Very happy birthday to you :)

  • Elena_007's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2004 at 12:40 PM

    Hi Chris, Great tips here. I went to Swanage, but I have a few postcards of the white cliffs of Dover. They look spectacular. Nice restaurant tips, especially helpful. Well done! ~Elaine~

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    Nov 13, 2004 at 12:42 PM

    Excellent Dover page, Chris! I remember a song called the white cliffs of Dover...they must be very popular. Greetings from Malta. Anne

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