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Welcome to the Port of Dover

Originally established in 1606, the principal activities of the Dover Harbour Board (DHB) are to administer and maintain the Port of Dover and its facilities and to develop resources to meet future demands.

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of passengers and trade. It is also an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in the UK and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Other successful businesses include a cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities. The business mix is diverse.


Christmas Opening Times

Please take note of the Ports opening times and sailing times over the Christmas period.

Christmas Eve Day

Last Sailings:

P&O to Calais - 13:55hrs

DFDS to Dunkirk - 12:00hrs

DFDS to Calais - 13:45hrs

Cut off for the last sailing is 20 minutes, please arrive in plenty of time for your sailing. The Port will close at 13:30hrs.

Christmas Day

There will be no sailing on Christmas Day.

Boxing Day

Open at 06:00hrs for the travelling public

First Sailing:

P&O to Calais - 07:35hrs

For Further details of sailing times please contact your chosen operator.


Who Are We?

15th Dec 2017
Port of Dover supports local young carers this Christmas
The festive season will be made extra special for local young carers in Dover, with support from the Port of Dover....

5th Dec 2017
Dover Western Docks Revival attracts more talented young people
A young Dovorian has joined the growing ranks of local talent for the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development apprenticeship programme with the Port of Dover's principal contractor, VSBW....

29th Nov 2017
Letter to Exiting the European Union Committee from Port of Dover Chief Executive

28th Nov 2017
Port of Dover Director, Barbara Buczek to speak at the International Cruise Summit.
Barbara Buczek, Port of Dover Director of Corporate Development and Operations will speak at the International Cruise Summit in Madrid on 29 November 2017....

Goodwin Sands Aggregate Dredging Environmental Statement:
Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Marine Licence Application

Further Information (September 2016)
Further Information

Further Information (August 2017)
Further Environmental Information, Public Representation Response, Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3

Based on accepted methodology, Oxera have conducted a socio-economic impact assessment of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. Oxera are leading international and independent economists who advise governments, policy makers, regulators, courts and companies around the world.
QUITE SIMPLY: The commitment is to be the Best Port in the World for the benefit of our customers and community

Port of Dover, Harbour House, Marine Parade, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BU
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