Port Location: The Port of Dover is located in Dover, in the South East of England. It is only 80 miles from London and London’s busiest airports are between 136 and 177 kilometres from Dover.

Transport: Five minutes by taxi from the Port is the Dover Priory Railway Station. The Station can also be reached on foot in 30 minutes. Shuttles are available from the London airports to the port and back again. For getting around Dover and to some of the outlying areas use Stagecoach East Kent, the main bus company in this region. Dover is also small enough to discover by walking.

Description: The Port of Dover is England’s cross-channel port as it is the closest port to France, which is only 34 kilometres from Dover. The Port of Dover is one of the biggest passenger ports in the country largely because it is the starting point for Dover cruises. It is located in Kent and is home to the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The Straits of Dover have been a gateway into the country for many thousand years. Because of this Kent is home to a large number of historic castles, homes, and museums. In fact, it has more than any other region on the coast in all of the United Kingdom.

Sightseeing and Excursions: Get a taste of English history before or after Dover cruises by witnessing the White Cliffs that stretch 9 miles along the British Coastline in this region. Walk along the Dover Beach and experience views of the sheer 351 metre high cliffs on one side and vistas of the English Channel on the other.

On top of the White Cliffs is Dover Castle, which was likely built as a fortress later improved upon by William the Conqueror. Explore more of Kent, known as the “Garden of England”. There are over 300,000 historic buildings and mile after mile of beautiful country littered with Kent’s famous oast houses. The hills that surround Dover provide views that include the English Channel, the castle, and the town of Dover. Take a tour of the secret wartime tunnels that were used for the evacuation of Dunkirk during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Beaches: Dover Beach half way down the promenade between Eastern Docks and Prince of Wales Pier.

Shopping: In Dover a series of old warehouses have been made into a large shopping area called De Bradelei Wharf where all manner of famous brand clothing, linens, china, and other products can be found at discount prices. Snargate Street near the harbour is Dover’s most charming shopping street. These are interesting places to wander while waiting for Dover cruises to depart.

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