Travelling the UK: The White cliffs of Dover in Kent
Fancy a weekend exploring England? Then the White Cliffs of Dover are a great spot to witness its beauty.
As much as we love the city life in London, escaping it is equally as awesome. Sea air, rolling countryside and long walks exploring cute villages is a medicine, and we had the best dose of that when we visited the White Cliffs of Dover.
A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a Kent coastal road trip. Seeing as Matt’s from Kent and his parents still live there, it was about time we explored what the East of England has to offer. Packing up the car, we headed off on a beach hunt, driving up the coast through Margate and eventually arriving at The White Cliffs of Dover.
We arrived around 2pm on a beautifully sunny day and naturally, it was a tad busy. However, thanks to the huge expanse of land surrounding the cliffs, it didn’t feel overwhelmed with tourists which was lovely.
After paying the £5 parking fee and being guided into a space, we headed off to walk along the cliffs and admire the insane views. It’s incredibly peaceful and we slowly ambled along the pathways until stopping at one of the many viewpoints to eat our packed lunch.
A few facts about those famous chalky cliffs
This iconic coastline is definitely one to visit and makes a great family or friends day out. There are so many historic facts and stories of days gone by about the White Cliffs of Dover, here’s a few of them…
Those dramatic white chalk cliffs are 350 ft (110 meters) above the sea level.
Due to their location, this part of the coastline have been welcoming people into the UK for centuries. It’s the first thing they see as they arrive into the Dover Port.
Standing the test of time, they witnessed the arrival of the Romans and the return of the British forces from Dunkirk.
They are a global icon of Britain and symbolise home, hope, freedom and security.
Thanks to their pure limestone, the soft, white chalk is a very rare and iconic natural geological feature.
They are a little bit famous; Dame Vera Lynn mentioned them in her wartime classic song, The White Cliffs of Dover.
On average, 3.4 million people have been said to visit the White Cliffs of Dover each year.
White Cliffs of Dover from London
GETTING THERE BY CAR
We drove from London but if you don’t have a car it’s easy enough to navigate your way there. The car parking fee is £5 but if you have an annual National Trust ticket, then that will cover your parking costs.
Sat Nav Address: Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HJ
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN
You can get the train from St Pancras station, the fast route takes just over an hour. Best to travel in off peak times so you can get the cheapest prices, to find deals on tickets click here.
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Once you arrive, the White Cliffs of Dover are a 2 mile walk. This takes around 40 minutes and you’ll be guided by the brown tourist signs. Or, you can order a taxi from the station. Once you’re all explored out, then the visitor office can order you a taxi back to the station for your return journey to London.
The White Cliffs of Dover opening times
You can witness the cliff’s beauty every day except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The opening times are as follows…
Car park: 09:00 – 19:00
Visitor centre: 10:00 – 17:00 (here you’ll find a cafe and toilets)
Where to stay if you want to make a weekend of it
There are so many beautiful attractions in the area that you could definitely enjoy an overnight stay to maximise you visit. With Dover Castle, Deal and the coastal town of Margate in the surrounding areas, it would be rude not to!
Premier Inn, Dover A20 – Only 2 miles from the local train station it’s an easy and cheap option. A perfect pit-stop to rest your head for the night after a full on day being a tourist.
The White Cliffs Hotel, Dover – With its friendly atmosphere and great British food, this is like home from home. A great location for rambling and hiking the Kent coastline.
Alkham Court, Farehouse B&B – Located on a Kentish farm, this B&B oozes luxury. If you’re after a weekend escape in style then this is just the ticket.
We hope we have inspired you to visit this breathtaking part of the UK and whether go for a day trip or make a weekend out of it, we can guaruntee you won’t regret it. If you want to see more of our UK hotspots then check out the rest of our blog HERE.
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