What to see in Dover in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Not just London. The UK it is a real "forge" of places that deserve, at least once in a lifetime, a visit, even if fleeting. If you want to treat yourself to 24 fairytale hours, ranging from religious architecture, castles worthy of a king and breathtaking views, then Dover is for you. The city south-east of the English capital, famous above all for its white cliffs, it is ideal for carving out a day that is not only different from the others, but undoubtedly unique.


  1. One day itinerary in Dover: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Dover: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Dover: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Dover: Morning

1 - White Cliffs, Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Breakfast with homemade desserts, accompanied by a steaming tea of ​​a thousand flavors, with a price starting from £ 4,00 at the National Trust Visitor Center Cafe.
After walking along the White Cliffs of Dover (White Cliffs), a true masterpiece of Mother Nature, accessible to all, but which obviously requires attention so as not to run the risk of falling into the void. Another unmissable stop, alongside the White Cliffs, is undoubtedly the Fan Bay Deep Shelter: it is a refuge dating back to the Second World War, consisting of underground tunnels, to be visited strictly wearing comfortable shoes. Recommended for lovers of time travel, to be done with your own legs.

2 - South Foreland Lighthouse

After immersing ourselves head to toe in the history of Dover, let us be enchanted by a visit to the suggestive South Foreland lighthouse. This little Victorian-style jewel - whose beauty is admirable and photographable from the outside - can be visited internally via guided tour, which culminates with a visit to the top of the lighthouse, from which to admire a dream panorama.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: White Cliffs, Fan Bay Deep Shelter (full £ 10,00; reduced £ 5,00), South Foreland Lighthouse (full £ 6,00; reduced for children £ 3,00)
  • day trip to the Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury
  • Where to have breakfast: National Trust Visitor Center Cafe, Upper Road | Langdon Cliffs

One day itinerary in Dover: Afternoon

1 - Roman Painted House, Dover Museum

Lunch break at Blakes of Dover Restaurant: cod with vegetables, a mug of beer, the appetizer is not recommended, considered by some diners too expensive. Average cost around £ 15,00. We walk to the Roman Painted House. It is a quaint museum, run by volunteers eager to revive the cultural tourism of their locality (but, unfortunately, little supported by the local administration), containing Roman ruins whose state of conservation is truly commendable. Furthermore, admission to the attraction costs very little and the money raised is invested to subsidize the museum itself.
Not far away we find the suggestive Dover Museum, an enchanting three-storey building that will allow you to retrace the history of the city for free. Noteworthy is the room dedicated toBronze Age.

2 - Dover Castle

It is time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of the fairytale Dover Castle. Majestic, regal, emblem of the all-British beauty of this type of building, the castle, surrounded by greenery, is a veritable mine of surprises, from the basement to the terrace, from which to admire the extraordinary location.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,9 km / 1 h 41 min
  • Places visited: Roman Painted House (full £ 3,00; reduced £ 2,00); Dover Museum; Dover Castle (full £ 19,40; reduced for children aged 5 to 15 £ 11,60; reduced for over 60s £ 17,50)
  • Where to have lunch: Blakes of Dover Restaurant, 52 Castle Street

One day itinerary in Dover: Evening

1 - Dinner and Bleriot Memorial

It might seem like a real paradox, but you can't give up tasting a delicious Margherita at l'italianissimo Dino's Italian Restaurant (prices starting from £ 7,00, excluding drinks). For those who want to delight themselves with a classic dinner based on cannelloni or dishes of tricolor fish, no fear: the staff of the restaurant will be able to satisfy all your needs, alleviating the nostalgia of Italian cuisine.
It is just a few minutes (by car) from the restaurant-pizzeria the last attraction to visit in this short but intense tour in the city of Dover. This is the Bleriot Memorial, a plaque dedicated to the first man who dared to cross the English Channel by plane, back in 1909.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Bleriot Memorial (free)
  • Where to dine: Dino's Italian Restaurant, 58 Castle Street

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Clothing: wear comfortable clothing and shoes;
  • Climate and weather: keep the weather forecast under control;
  • Transportation: find out about the means of transport (very useful for getting around) or, alternatively, rent a car to get around easily;
  • Safety: never underestimate the safety factor (especially when visiting the white cliffs of Dover).

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