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Dover, England

Dover is a small seaside village with a huge history. It is also the main port for the ferries to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as a cruise ship port. Dover dates back centuries and played a critical roll during WWII. Dover’s small, but quaint village is a wonderful place to take in everything English.

Dover stands beneath the famous White Cliffs which are topped by its massive castle, and overlooks the Straits of Dover. It is an excellent place to watch the worlds busiest shipping lanes.

Dover has a wonderful historical district with a great pedestrian shopping street (Cannon Street). Shops are found along the main street and on the side streets that adjoin it. The best place to start is from Market Square close to the underpass that leads to the oceanfront. Other attractions include the Dover museum, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Secret War Time Tunnels.

Things to see and do

* White cliffs of Dover
* Deal Castle
* Dover Castle
* Roman Painted House
* Secret war time tunnels

General information

Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (GDP)
Language – English
Land Area – 34 sq km
Population – 29,000
Electricity – British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44

Port Location – Ships dock at the Port of Dover’s main cruise ship terminal in the Dover harbor. It is only a ten to fifteen minute walk into the main part of town.

Transport Links – If traveling to Dover by car, the A2 runs north to Canterbury and on to the M2. The A20 follows the coast south to Folkestone, and the A256 heads north towards Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate. Trains and buses are also available to and from Dover. Due to its proximity to continental Europe, Dover is one of the busiest cross-Channel ports in the UK, Regular ferry services operate from Dover to Calais, Dunkerque and Ostend. The Ferry between Dover and Calais costs around £12-18 each way if on foot or bicycle, and around £80 for a car, although big discounts are available if booked in advance or with special offers.

Buses operate in Dover, however it is small enough to get around on foot.

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