Kent Map of trip
The White Cliffs and Dover Castle
15th & 17th June 2015 Photos by Hetty
We parked by the National Trust’s visitor centre at The White Cliffs and walked to the South Foreland Lighthouse
On the way we saw some rabbits
We had a very interesting guided tour of the South Foreland Lighthouse (National Trust) (built 1846)
Walking back we can see the Port of Dover
Next we went to Dover Castle (English Heritage), where there is a lot to see, so we came back another day as well.
There may have been an iron age hill fort here, and the Romans built a lighthouse. William the Conqueror strengthen the defences in 1066. As it is such a strategic site, this has been a military castle continuously from the 1180s until 1958, so is not ruined.
Mr H on the loo!
View of the Anglo-Saxon church and Roman lighthouse
Anglo-Saxon church, and Roman lighthouse (to guide Roman ships into Dover harbour after AD43)
The church was partly rebuilt in mediaeval times, and restored by the Victorians
There are two lots of tunnels to visit with sound & vision stories ,
- secret wartime tunnels (reused 18th century barracks)
- the underground hospital (1940s)
as well as mediaeval tunnels
Queen Elizabeth’s Pocket Pistol is a 24 ft cannon built in 1544
Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay