7 Things to See in and Around Dover, England

7 Things to See in and Around Dover, England

Widely known to be a common thru-city between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, there is actually much more to Dover than the fact that it’s a departure point for trips across the channel. The city is riddled with historical, cultural and natural sites that are often overlooked by travelers eager to get to the other side. From centuries-old castles to the famous chalk-white cliffs, here are 7 reasons to make time to explore this city (and its surrounding areas) before or after your next channel crossing:

7. Richborough Roman Fort

About 25 km North of Dover, in the heart of the East Kent marshes, lies Richborough Roman Fort. The fortress was built in the third century, but remains an important landmark of both the beginning and end of Roman rule in the area (43 AD– 410 AD). The site contains the ruins of a triumphal arch that is speculated to have been erected to mark the place of the initial Roman landing in 43 AD, at which point Richborough was a lagoon island linked to the mainland by a causeway. This environment established it as an ideal invasion point and military base for the Romans in Southern Britain. Today, the fort is accessible daily from 10 am-6 pm, and visitors can check out the 18 century old stone walls that mark the outer perimeter of the fortress, learn about Roman occupation in the site‘s museum, and even take a boat ride from nearby Sandwich see the area as the Romans would have when they first landed.

6. Dover Museum

Found in the heart of the town, the Dover Museum is among the oldest in the county (created 1836) and houses an impressive collection of records and artifacts of the historic port. Spread over three floors, visitors can check out exhibits chronicling the city’s history from the building of Roman forts to the making of stunning Saxon jewelry. The most recently created gallery, the Dover Bronze Age Boat gallery is the undisputed highlight of the museum, showcasing not only elements of the bronze age in the area, but also the excavation and preservation of the famous Dover boat, the oldest known seafaring boat in the world. For those on a time crunch but still interested in learning about the area, the museum is the perfect place to get an extensive dose of local history all in one convenient location.

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