Dover

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Dover showing a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a fountain
Discover the “Lock and Key to England” with its iconic white cliff coastline, charming gardens and historic castles.

The busy port town of Dover sits among the immense White Cliffs that historically represented England in times of exploration and war. Located just 21 miles (34 kilometers) from continental Europe, Dover is the ancient gateway to England from the sea. People from prehistoric, Stone and Bronze ages through to Roman, Saxon and medieval times have called this area of outstanding natural beauty home. Dover has the busiest passenger ferry port in the world and offers a wide range of natural, coastal and historic attractions.

Kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the English Channel at Dover Beach, a scenic beach sheltered on either side by the harbor walls. The beach is located a 15-minute walk from Dover town center and features stylish seafront restaurants, cafés and a picturesque harbor promenade. Follow the network of footpaths and bicycle trails that meander along the River Dour to the White Cliffs of Dover.

Pack a picnic and wander along the cliff tops to the South Foreland Lighthouse. Marvel at the breathtaking views that span across the English Channel. On a clear day, catch a glimpse of the coast of France. Spot the diverse range of birds that live among the white chalk cliffs and see beautiful wildflowers blooming in summer.

Medieval history comes to life in Dover Castle, the incredibly well-preserved 12th-century fortress that has views over the town and out to sea. Experience the royal court life within the ancient battlements and discover secret tunnels used in World War II. Drive 20 minutes north of Dover and you can explore another fortress at Walmer Castle and Gardens. Discover more about Dover’s rich heritage at the Dover Museum.

Dover is in Kent County, in southeast England. The town is included in the Southeastern train network and buses conveniently serve East Kent. Dover’s picturesque seaside scenery is best enjoyed in the warmer months, as the cooling coastal winds can be prevalent in winter. Enjoy plenty of indoor attractions when the famous English drizzle sets in. The cliffs are astonishingly beautiful year-round.

Holiday Inn Dover
Holiday Inn Dover
4 out of 5
Singledge Lane Whitfield, Kent, Dover, England, CT16 3EL
The price is $86 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dover. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Expedia should 5star this property! Better than any property we stayed in the UK. Great food, bar and rooms."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Holiday Inn Dover
Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Dover Waterfront, Waterloo Crescent, Dover, England, CT17 9BP
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Dover. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (964 reviews)
"I believe this hotel is overpriced considering the service provided here. The available lift is too small considering the volume of guests to the hotel. The waiting time before being attended to at the reception can be shortened too. Nice meal at the restaurant though and clean room."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
Churchill Guest House
Churchill Guest House
4 out of 5
6 Castle Hill, Dover, England, CT16 1QN
The price is $119 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this 4-star guesthouse in Dover. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (154 reviews)
"Beautiful house and the best handmade breakfast in town."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Churchill Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Dover Town Rooms
Dover Town Rooms
2.5 out of 5
5 Eastbrook Place, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, England, CT16 1RP
The price is $46 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this property in Dover. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Dover Castle and White Cliffs of Dover are located nearby. Discover ...
3.8/5 Good! (5 reviews)
"This is really a review of Expedia, not Kent Escapes and Dover Town Rooms, who had closed the latter for long-term water-damage repairs. Apparently they told Expedia this, who replied that they'd note the change, then cancel and refund outstanding reservations. That didn't happen in my case, which ..."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Dover Town Rooms
Country Escape Lydden
Country Escape Lydden
3 out of 5
1 Warren Lane, Lydden, Dover, England, CT15 7EU
The price is $129 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this 3-star property in Dover. Enjoy free internet, free parking, and 3 bedrooms. Popular attractions Dover Castle and White Cliffs of Dover are located ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
"A clean house in a beautiful location. Unfortunately the whole area experienced a power cut whilst we were there, which limited our use of the facilities in the kitchen. Communication qith the owners was fantastic during our stay, they answered my call immediately and were very accommodating. The ..."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Country Escape Lydden
Luxury Self Catering Holiday Accommodation Overlooking St Margaret's Bay
Luxury Self Catering Holiday Accommodation Overlooking St Margaret's Bay
Dover, ENG
Stay at this apartment in Dover. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
First class
"Very clean patio over looking the sea patio furniture supplied the host's were faultless and friendly the whole accommodation was excellent😀"

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Luxury Self Catering Holiday Accommodation Overlooking St Margaret's Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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