26.12.2016 - General
For many of our touring visitors, Dover is their first experience of England, arriving by ferry to the busy port. From the port you are directed to join one of the main roads out of Dover towards the M2 or M20 motorways. This is great for you to arrive at one of our parks but unfortunately this does not give you the chance to explore Dover – and there is plenty to explore.
Dover is famed for its white cliffs and it is these cliffs that provide a wealth of history, from the imposing Dover Castle across to Dover’s Western Heights you are swept through the centuries and significance of Dover right up to the present day.
There is even more history below the cliffs as the geographical significance of Dover has been recognised from Roman times.
Once you have settled in at Hawthorn Farm, Little Satmar or Quex Park make a plan to visit Dover.
– After defeating Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror moved along the coast and took control of Dover. It was then that the first inception of Dover Castle took shape. A century later Henry II rebuilt the castle and over the next forty years through to Henry III the castle was completed and ensuing royalty further established its significance.
– Throughout history Dover was threatened with invasion, none more so than during the Napoleonic Wars. It was deemed that Dover needed to reinforce its military protection and an amazing fortification was developed including a drop redoubt. It has to be seen!
– In Dover’s town centre you can visit one of, if not the finest, Roman house in Britain. Discovered in the early 1970’s this ‘Mansio’ or hotel was demolished, as part of a Roman fort expansion project in AD 270, but some of the house was buried in such a way, that when discovered, three rooms were substantially intact. You can now see the preserved painted plaster and much more.
One of the best ways to see Dover, and if you are keen walkers, is the Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail. This is a self-guided walk with a printable guidebook and bronze pavement markers to alert you of significant sites.
The cliff top walks are also highly recommended with amazing views, wildlife and landmarks. The National Trust has a Visitor Centre where you can park and a café which overlooks the ferry port.
As we say there is so much more to Dover than just being a gateway to Europe and vice versa.