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White Cliffs of Dover

See the historic and legendary gateway to England that defended the country in wartime. Today the cliffs greet home-comers arriving at the busy Dover port.

The dramatic and distinctive White Cliffs of Dover are a symbol of national pride for the English. Wander atop the immense white chalk cliffs to experience this historic and beautiful area at your own pace.

A walking track extends from the east side of Dover over the grassy cliff tops to South Foreland Lighthouse. The walk offers beautiful views of the dramatic landscape and the English Channel. Spot some of the birds, butterflies and wildflowers, including the unique pyramidal orchid, which can be found throughout the chalk grasslands. Visit the pebbly beaches of Langdon Bay and Crab Bay below and get a closer look at the soft white chalk flecked with flint and quartz. Descending the cliff face on steep stairways is not for the faint of heart. Visitors are instructed to keep well away from the cliff edge since some parts occasionally crumble into the sea.

The landscape is made even more dramatic by the area’s wartime history. The cliffs were a vital point of defense in both world wars. Still visible along the coast are the slit trenches dug by soldiers in the 1940s. Check the signposts along the way to the lighthouse and learn about the history and significance of the area.

Finish your cliff-top stroll at the South Foreland Lighthouse café. Relax with a pot of tea and a plate of fresh fruit scones with jam and cream. This walk is best enjoyed on a sunny, warm day, since winds on the cliffs can be quite strong and cold.

The White Cliffs walking trail spans approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) from the Dover town center to the lighthouse. For a shorter stroll, start your walk at the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover visitor center, located 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the lighthouse. Bring a bottle of water and some snacks to enjoy while you take in the breathtaking view that stretches across the sea to the French coastline on a clear day.


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Dover Waterfront, Waterloo Crescent, Dover, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Dover hotel is in the historical district and within a 5-minute walk of Dover Beach and Dover Museum. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dover Priory Station is 12 minutes by foot and Dover Eastern Docks Station is 13 minutes.

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    The Old Fire Station

    The Old Fire Station

    The Old Fire Station Reach Road St., Margarets-at-Cliffe, Dover, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Dover, this golf cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Margaret's Bay Beach and White Cliffs of Dover. South Foreland Lighthouse and Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      The White Cliffs Hotel AU$183
      The White Cliffs Hotel

      The White Cliffs Hotel

      High Street, St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Dover, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Margaret's Bay Beach and White Cliffs of Dover. South Foreland Lighthouse and Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Hope Cottage
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        Hope Cottage

        1 Hope Court, High Street, St Margarets at Cliffe, Dover, England
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dover, this residence is close to St Margaret's Bay Beach, White Cliffs of Dover, and South Foreland Lighthouse. Local attractions also include Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle.

          Dappledown
          Dappledown

          Dappledown

          Flat 2 Townsend Farm Station Road, Dover, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Margaret's Bay Beach and White Cliffs of Dover. South Foreland Lighthouse and Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km). Dover Martin Mill Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Loddington House Hotel AU$136
            Loddington House Hotel

            Loddington House Hotel

            14 East Cliff, Dover, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dover, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Museum. White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dover Priory Station is 20 minutes by foot and Dover Eastern Docks Station is 20 minutes.

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              Saxon Way Cottage

              Saxon Way Cottage

              Saxon Way Cottage St. Margarets Bay, Dover, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dover, this golf cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Margaret's Bay Beach and White Cliffs of Dover. South Foreland Lighthouse and Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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                Churchill Guest House

                Churchill Guest House

                6 Castle Hill, Dover, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Dover Museum and Dover Beach. Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal and Dover Castle are also within 15 minutes. Dover Priory Station is 12 minutes by foot and Dover Eastern Docks Station is 13 minutes.