Dover is the town in Kent which is geographically closest to the continent and, as the world's busiest ferry port, many justifiably describe as 'the gateway to England'.
The Straits of Dover have served as both Britain’s frontline and her gateway for many thousands of years.
This goes some way to explaining why this region in Kent has more than its fair share of castles, stately homes and museums than any other coastal region in the UK.
The Famous 'White Cliffs of Dover'
"The most popular stretch of the UK coastline".
(National Trust Survey)
"Voted One of Britain’s best loved icons”.
(The Icons Collection)
The world-famous, majestic white cliffs of Dover, which for centuries have played a key role in our history as Britain’s ‘front line’, now provide a welcoming sight for many millions of people.
The cliffs are popuplar with tourists to Dover and offer the opportunity for wonderful walks and superb views out towards the English Channel. Or you may simply choose to simply gaze at them from the beach.
See historic Dover Castle
Sitting proudly atop the White Cliffs of Dover and overlooking the busy ferry port, Dover Castle has a long and eventful history.
The site of Dover Castle has been of vital importance since the Iron Age with the first castle at Dover most likely an Anglo-Saxon fortress until the arrival of William the Conqueror when its existing fortifications were improved.
For free brochures, activity ideas, accommodation, shopping and food and drink information, you can find it all at the White Cliffs Country website.
Spend some time in the 'Garden of England'
Kent is known as the Garden of England for its rich farming and hopmaking heritage. Kent stretches from Dover's White Cliffs Country to medieval Canterbury in the east, elegant, Tunbridge Wells to the west and the historic Medway towns to the north.
In between Kent has over 300,000 listed historic buildings, miles of idyllic countryside and winding lanes, and every now and then, the county's unique white-tipped oast houses.
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dover Marina Hotel & Spa (Leaf Hotels) is situated on the attractive waterfront overlooking the beach and harbour with Dover Castle in the background. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of the town centre.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, a business facility and a gym for hotel guests. Free wi-fi internet access and free parking is also available.
Cruise passengers can enjoy a choice of accommodation at special rates, including a free transfer to Dover Cruise Terminal. Just call or email the hotel and mention 'DOVER CRUISE' to find out more about this special offer.
To book telephone 01304 203633 or email email@example.com and quote 'DOVER CRUISE'.
Don't know where to start?
If you're looking for ideas to help you plan an excursion to Dover or Kent, see the Visit Kent website.