You probably know Dover as a major global seaport and the home of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, but there is so much more to this historic port town surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a small place with a lot to say, and you can easily spend a few days exploring the local area when you stay in one of our hotels in Dover. From its role on the frontline of both world wars to its time dealing illegal alcohol across the seas, Dover has seen and done it all. Not to be missed are the breathtaking views of the White Cliffs and Dover Castle, which can be seen from almost any vantage point in town. You won’t be short of things to do either; there’s a rich pub scene specialising in real ales and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep you occupied, whatever the weather. From incredible seafood restaurants to fantastic flea markets and everything in between, our guide will help you decide what to do in Dover.
Things to do in Dover
From a festival dedicated to films shot in the area to the fantastic collection of museums in Dover, the cultural focus of the town is all about its rich history and the amazing stories of the people that have lived here.
Places to eat
From quaint little cafés to the best restaurants in Dover, we take you on a tour of the places you need to eat when you’re in town. From Italian to Indian – and with plenty of British classics and fresh fish along the way – you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the food scene in this seaside town.
Traditional pubs are the name of the game when you head for a night out in Dover. With a focus on real ale and cider, the drinks here are unique, as is the setting. Many of the pubs have stories to tell, and the locals are always happy to share the history of the area with you over a pint.
Although best known as a ferry port, there are lots of other ways to travel to, from and around Dover including by car, bus or train. Our guide to transport in Dover gives you all the information you need to venture around this small and stunning town without a hitch.