Dog Friendly Day Out in South East England

Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels

A dog friendly day out in Dover, Kent.

Harold's Road
Off Castle Hill Road
CT16 1HU

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DogPeople Says : Dover Castle (WW2 Special)

Lottie visited for a WW2 special on May Bank Holiday 2013. We bought tickets on-line before setting out so Lottie didn't have to wait in any big queues but, sadly, we might as well not have bothered. We walked from the events car park in a nearby field to be confronted by a massive queue at the Constable's Gate entrance. There was a single queue for both ticket holders and those needing to buy them - so we had to wait for forty minutes or so. If there was an 'up side' to this it was that we noticed an out of date sign saying dogs aren't allowed - even though they are welcome in the grounds. When we got in we met many other dogs and Lottie had many admirers. The castle grounds are extensive and this is a truly magnificent heritage site. We know from previous visits the castle, especially the keep, and both sets of tunnels are well worth a visit. The restaurant in the inner bailey has outside picnic tables and a dogs' water bowl, so a good place for a rest and refreshment. If there are two of you who are happy to take it in turns to investigate the grounds with your dog and the indoor areas of the site without your best friend you'll have a full and enjoyable day. The 'special' included a range of WW2 re-enactors, equipment and exhibitions. The set piece was a 'skirmish' between post D Day British and German troops. We knew Lottie might be upset by the gun fire so thought carefully about where we would watch from so she could be easily got away if scared. Unfortunately information about the location of the event was scarce and it transpired the bank overlooking the arena we chose was used for the approach of some of the troops - but we didn't know until 'moved on' (we weren't alone so it was a shame the site's planning hadn't matched ours). All in all a good day ... but it could have been more enjoyable with better management. The site is definitely worth a visit on an 'ordinary' day.


Lottie between inner and outer bailey Spitfire - WW2 Special Event Garrison Church and Pharos

Key Info:
Extensive grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths but there are some very steep slopes. Wheelchair routes. On site parking - entrance in Castle Hill Road. On East side of Dover (OS Map 179; ref TR 326416)

If you are looking for places to enjoy days out with your beloved pet and family look no further than Dover Castle. With its large grounds and fantastic views you will all have a great day out exploring the sites fascinating history.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Dover Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

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