Dover Castle – Dover, Kent, England

The Anglo-Saxon church and Roman lighthouse
Inside the Roman Lighthouse

Our other main stop in Dover was Dover Castle (so we managed to hit the National Trust and English Heritage in one day).    In addition to an Anglo-Saxon church (lovingly restored in the near present day), which is next to the remains of a Roman lighthouse, on the grounds, the castle itself goes back to William the Conqueror.    The Great Tower is kitted out as it would have been in Henry II’s day, when it was a major stop for well to do pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.

There’s also a whole section dedicated to the wartime tunnels used in the second world war, which we did not have time to go into, but sound fascinating.

Here’s the view of the Castle from the Cliffs (aka, notice the changeable weather from when we started our cliff walk and finished it):

Dover, Kent, England


One interesting thing about Dover is the port.    It’s easily visible from the cliffs and the castle, and it’s huge.    The sheer volume of lorries (and cars) arriving on land and ferries arriving and departing by sea is fascinating.     It’s like watching clockwork.

It’s easy to see why it’s so busy – France is clearly visible on the other side of the Channel.    And not only are there tons of ferries going between Dover and Calais, but lots of other traffic just passing through.    I’m probably geeking on this somewhat, but I found it fascinating.

White Cliffs of Dover – Kent, England









This year’s day trip was to Dover, to see the White Cliffs, and the Castle.

The cliffs very conveniently have a section managed by the National Trust, with parking and a couple different options for tea rooms.     There are a couple different walking paths, though the one closest to the cliff-side has by far the best view, even if it’s a bit uneven (I did the equivalent of 73 staircases on my Fitbit that day).



The longest walk brings you to the South Foreland Lighthouse, where the Mrs. Knotts tea room absolutely won my ongoing survey of British cream teas (for science!) on atmosphere, at least.    It’s actually in the lighthouse, has the most perfect English tea room kit, and was delicious.