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Visible for miles from sea, the White Cliffs of Dover are an instantly recognizable symbol of England, with Dover known as the gateway of England.  Modern highways are thought to make Dover the "doorstep to London - Britain's ever-fascinating capital" (a claim also made by Tilbury, Southampton and even Harwich.  However the modern highways end on the outskirts of London and you have road congestion and the M25 motorway ring to contend with before you get to the motorays/trunk roads leading to the ports.)  Like all capitals, there is a lot to see and do in London.   However, unlike Tilbury, Dover has more to offer in its own right.  Dover is also your gateway to Kent´s countryside (known as the garden of England), dotted with old medieval towns and castles, with Canterbury also rich with history.

Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK.   It has played a major role in world history since the days of the Norman invasion, even the Romans were there.  Today the 13th century Dover Castle dominates the harbour below.  The famous white cliffs, that are a welcome sight for today´s cross-channel travellers, are also riddled with tunnels and were used during World War II for defense and convoy planning and control, and also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage.  Within the walls of the town´s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town´s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world´s oldest known seagoing vessel.

If you are travelling to Dover by car then be aware of the possibility of Operation Stack which can cause traffic delays.  C.f. D/DoverRoute.htm.

fact infornmation
Location Latitude=51.12614, Longitude=1.327760
Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Zone GMT (BST)
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal (2 terminals).
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.
Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 09:00 to 17:30 Monday to Saturday. A few shops may be open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
Emergency Services Dial 999 or 112, see Wikipedia article.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street (see shopping above).
link description
maps.google.co.uk/maps Berth at Dover.
(There are 2 cruise berths at Dover, the smaller ships use the second one and the larger ships the first one you come to, the old railway terminus.)
www.whatsinport.com Dover United Kingdom Cruise Port
www.doverport.co.uk/ Official web site of the Dover Harbour Board,
sales.doverport.co.uk/ Car Parking at Dover through the port.
Other options are available if you Google "cark park Dover".
DoverCP.php Notes on car parking at Dover, two of the options.
English Heritage .../dover-castle/ Dover Castle
It is possible to actually stay in Dover Castle but you have to book early and stay for a while.
.../wartime-tunnels/ Secret World War II tunnels.
www.dover-castle-friends.org/ Friends of Dover Castle
www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk// This site says the best places to see the white cliffs are Samphire Hoe, near Dover, St Margaret's Bay, or the East Cliff & Warren Country Park, Folkestone.
www.dovertowncouncil.gov.uk/ Attractions on Town Council site
www.visitmyharbour.com/ Dover marine charts
Triposo United Kingdom
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