About Dover

The town and port of Dover has always been of strategic importance due to it’s location at the narrowest point of the English Channel. The Romans were probably the first to recognise that fact and as a result buolt a large fort and settlement here. The evidence of which can be seen in the remains of a roman villa which is one of the best preserved in Britain.

The adjacent White Cliffs and Castle which dominates the skyline are now the two most visible landmarks associated with the town. Dover Castle started to take recognisable form in the 12th century and was developed continuously thereafter, Henry Vlll being responsible for various additions. In Napoleonic times the tunnels beneath the castle were first excavated and these remained in use until after the Second World War.

Surrounding Dover is the Kent countryside and an area which is known as the garden of England. Over the last fifty years in addition to traditional farm produce, Kent has become home to a thriving wine growing industry and there are several award winning vineyards in the area. Also within its green fields there are many historic sites and places of interest. Leeds Castle is one of Britain’s finest moated castle’s and nearby Hever Castle, though smaller, is equally fascinating. Considerably more modern though some might say of equal importance is Chartwell House, the old home of the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

For pilgrims, the city of Canterbury and its 11th century cathedral is of great importance as it is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury who is the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its interior has been the site of many historic events, the most infamous being the murder of Thomas Becket who was at the time the Archbishop.

Just 90 minutes drive from Dover are the many sites and attractions of London which are too numerous to mention but known worldwide to millions. A full itinerary for even the most ardent sightseer!