White Cliffs Country
The White Cliffs of Dover have stood for millennia and have long been regarded for their role in the nation’s identity. Both Shakespeare and Wordsworth have written of their beauty and described the cliffs as “A place of savage beauty”.
This area has a legacy of castles, historic monuments and interesting places to visit. Dover Castle is splendidly situated on the cliffs above the sea. The nearby seaside town of Deal is worth a visit and a few miles inland is the Cathedral city of Canterbury.
Dover Castle – Just 4 miles away from The White Cliffs Hotel lies one of the largest castles in the country, strategically located at the shortest crossing point to continental Europe, Dover Castle has played a prominent part in national history. Its origins lie in the Iron Age, and a Roman Lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church can still be seen within the grounds.
Walmer Castle – Walmer Castle is around 10 minutes drive from The White Cliffs Hotel it was built by Henry VIII in 1539-40 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion from Catholic France and Spain. It was one of three forts constructed to defend the Downs, an area of safe anchorage protected by the Goodwin Sands.
Deal Castle – Deal Castle, a little over 5 miles away form The White Cliffs Hotel, was built by Henry VIII in 1539-40 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion from Catholic France and Spain. It was the largest of three forts constructed to defend the area of safe anchorage known as the Downs.
Leeds Castle – Set in 500 acres of parkland in the midst of the Kent countryside around 40 minutes drive from The White Cliffs Hotel The castle takes it name not from the city of Leeds but from its first owner, a man named Leed, or Ledian, who built himself a wooden castle in 857. The first stone castle was built in 1119 on an island in the lake, and was later rebuilt and extended by Edward I, who added a set of outer walls, a barbican and the ‘gloriette’, a D shaped tower built on the smallest of the two islands in the lake.
Top 10 Things to do during your stay…
1. Visit The White Cliffs National Trust Visitor Centre and walk the coastal paths – more info>>>
2. Spend a day at Dover Castle with it’s amazing Great Tower & New Secret Wartime Tunnels Exhibition – more info>>>
3. Discover St. Margaret’s Bay and walk the Frontline Britain Trail to The South Foreland Lighthouse – more info>>>
4. Relax and indulge yourselves with a day in The Garden of England Spa at Wallett’s Court – more info>>>
5. Take a day trip to Calais on one of P&O’s fabulous new ferries – more info>>>
6. Book a table for dinner at the Michelin Rated Restaurant at nearby Wallett’s Court – more info>>>
7. Take a Pilgrimage to Canterbury with its stunning Cathedral, the shopping is pretty fabulous too! – more info>>>
8. Have a mooch around the bohemian antique and bric-a-brac shops in nearby Deal & Sandwich – more info>>>
9. Get down to Margate for a wander around the newly opened Turner Contemporary Gallery – more info>>>
10. Take a tour of The Garden of England with your own chauffeur and guide – more info>>>