What to See in Dover & Surrounding Areas
Situated in the beautiful area of Kent, Dover and its surrounding towns, cities and natural landscapes are superb. Kent’s southern location also means it benefits from some of the best weather in England. Getting the ferry to France from Dover or just arriving? Why not take a little extra time to explore Dover and Kent.
The famous white cliffs attract a great deal of attention, and you certainly get the best views onboard the ship, whether you arriving or departing. However, further along the coastline is the imposing Dover Castle which is frequently used in films due to its effective atmosphere, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Into the Woods. The Secret Tunnel Museum also exposes many of the castle, and regions, hidden secrets from centuries past. For even more information on local history, visit the Dover Museum. Be sure to take a stroll along the Samphire Hoe, a conservation area which is ideal for bird watchers or anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors.
Shop ‘til you drop
With no luggage restrictions onboard, why not treat yourself while you’re in the area? The Ashford Designer Outlet boasts up to 60% off the top designer labels, including Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker, and is just 30 minutes from our Dover port. If you’re in Canterbury, head to the King’s Mile, an ancient street packed with your favourite brands as well as independent boutiques, eateries and beers. Faversham, a mere 40 minute drive from Dover, has a selection of adorable shops to choose from, including jewellery boutiques and second hand bookstores.
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A taste of England
Kent has some of the most picturesque and typically British towns and architecture in the country. It is renowned for its quaint, charming towns that give you the true English experience. Visit Rye for cobbled lanes are lined with Tudor houses, painted white but overgrown with rich, green ivy. Rye Castle, built in 1249, was once a paramount feature in protecting England’s coastline. Though no longer a military stronghold, it still guarantees an amazing historical venture. For an authentic experience, have a pint in Rye’s Mermaid Inn. Whitstable epitomises the English seaside town with shingle beaches and pastel beach huts. Make sure to try the oysters, a staple in Whitstable. Take a walk down by the harbour and through the old town to absorb classic British culture. Canterbury, too, is exceedingly beautiful. The gothic cathedral dominates the skyline as the smaller, ancient establishments beneath include timbered facades, white-wash pubs and even more ancient ruins.
The great outdoors
Quex Park, with 250 acres of stunning gardens, is ideal if you’re looking to get outside. Quex House, situated in the grounds, is a beautiful, old structure dating back to the 1813. The estate, however, is far older. If you tire of the 250 acres in the park, why not go and explore the other 1500 acres of farmed land and see if you can catch a glimpse of the local animals? Stretching all the way from the London region to the White Cliffs is Kent Downs, an expansive countryside landscape. Enjoy one of the set hiking trails and take in the views, plant life and wildlife. While you’re there, pass by Leeds Castle, almost 900 years old in sits in tranquillity on a quiet moat. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is as stunning as the name promises. It is over 1400 square km with vast, pastoral landscapes as well as densely wooded areas and even vineyards.
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