Dover (England)

Dover town and castle
White cliffs of Dover and harbour wall

Dover is a port in East Kent, in the South East of England.


Dover has been a permanent settlement since at least the time of the Romans, who were the first to record its presence, giving it the name Dubris. It also marked the start of Watling Street, a major Roman road. The Roman lighthouse built on the present-day site of Dover Castle is one of the oldest buildings in Britain.

Today Dover is a major port town facing into the English Channel and, at just 21 miles from the French port of Calais, it is the closest port to continental Europe on mainland Britain. It is most famous for its white chalk cliffs which have been celebrated in song.

Get in

By car

The A2 runs north to Canterbury and on to the M2. The A20 follows the coast south to Folkestone, and the A256 heads north towards Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate.

By coach

National Express operates a regular coach service (number 007) to&from Dover Eastern Docks and Pencester Road, to London Victoria Coach Station. It has intermediate stops at Canterbury, some north Kent towns, and local stops in south-east London. It's much cheaper than the train service.

By train

The only remaining station is Dover Priory, which is west of the central shopping area, and about a 2.25 km walk from the Eastern Docks.

Fare and timetable information is available from South East Trains , tel. +44 8457 484950.

By boat

Due to its proximity to continental Europe, Dover is one of the busiest cross-Channel ports in the UK, with 18 million passengers passing through its gates every year. Regular ferry services operate from Dover to Calais and Dunkerque.

The ferry between Dover and France costs around £12-20 each way if on foot or bicycle, and around £80 for a car, although big discounts are available if booked in advance or with special offers. P&O Ferries operate to and from Calais while DFDS Seaways sails from Calais and Dunkerque.

Other Routes are present within the UK (and might be cheaper).

Get around

By bus

Stagecoach East Kent are the main bus operator in the Dover area. Maps, Timetables and Fare information are available on their website. Stagecoach run both urban, rural and inter-urban local buses, including regular buses to Deal, Folkestone, Canterbury and further afield.

By foot

Dover is small enough that much of it can reasonably be explored on foot. The main shops are in King Street, Cannon Street and Biggin Street.


The Battle of Britain Memorial


There is a cliff-top 6 km walk from near the Eastern Docks to St Margaret's Bay.


The main shops are in King Street, Cannon Street and Biggin Street.


Country pubs nearby

Indian Cuisine



Go next

St Margaret's Bay is just a few miles east towards Deal. This bay breaks up the white cliffs with a small hillside village, a scenic beach, lots of parking and some eateries (including the Coastguard Pub, the closest pub to the continent). On a nice day, the afternoon sun lights up the white cliffs on the French side of the channel quite clearly.

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