This town has always been the entranceway to the British Isles from continental Europe, and is the main ferry port for crossings from France and Belgium.
Approaching from the water, the first thing you see are those exalted white chalk cliffs.
On land you can take a memorable walk along the grassy cliff-tops, on a route that will get you to Kingsdown eight miles away.
As the closest port to France, the town needed to be fortified, and Dover Castle took its current form in the 12th century, during the reign of Henry II. There’s an overwhelming amount of history on this site from the Roman Lighthouse (one of England’s oldest buildings), to the 18th century artillery emplacements and the secret Second World War tunnels.