Day 2 of the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise

Dover, in the county of Kent in southeast England, has understandably been one of the most important ports of entry to the country for centuries, given its location on the English Channel across from France. The famous White Cliffs of Dover greet you as you arrive, and the city has a number of historic sights, including a medieval castle. For many travelers, however, it is primarily a gateway to London. Few places can compete with England’s capital for sheer energy, atmosphere and variety. London’s vibrancy—in art, in music, in architecture—is formidable. It’s a city with not only multiple attractions, grand structures and great cultural institutions (though there are plenty of those) but also scenic parks, walkable villages and striking modern additions.Culinary pioneers are reviving traditional techniques and introducing menus that are at the forefront of the world’s premier restaurant experiences. Leg-powered sightseeing (by bike or on foot) around London maximizes opportunities for stumbling across secret alleys, courtyards housing quirky art galleries and tiny old pubs serving fresh British ales. Shoppers will want to check out the items at some of the retail emporiums known the world over as well as diminutive boutiques stocking unique souvenirs.

While in Dover, be sure to take in some of its exhilarating sights!

Just 10 miles south of the city is the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, nicknamed “the Chunnel,” which stretches 31 miles under the English Channel from England to France. Trains inside the Chunnel carry cars and passengers, traveling at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. Visitors wanting to experience an exhilarating state-of-the-art ride can hop on board! If you prefer to stay in the city limits of Dover, visit the well-maintained Roman Painted House, complete with decorative frescoes—proof that Romans settled in Dover in the first century AD.

Dover Castle

Perched atop the gleaming White Cliffs, massive Dover Castle is the oldest fortress in England. The castle is associated with William the Conqueror, Henry II and VIII, and World War II. It features a labyrinth of WWII wartime tunnels and Europe’s best-preserved Roman lighthouse.

Dover Museum & Bronze Age Boat Gallery

Marvel at a boat that crossed the English Channel more than 3,500 years ago (predating Stonehenge!). Also, see artifacts from Dover’s Roman and Saxon past, beginning with prehistoric artifacts and continuing up to 1066.


If you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, the outlet shops at De Bradelei Warf are perfect for discount shopping near the sea. Or, set a course for Regent and Oxford, London’s famed shopping streets.

Canterbury Cathedral

Standing 16 miles northwest of Dover, this stately cathedral is home to the leader of the Church of England. Ever since the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket—a purported miracle worker—in 1170, pilgrims have been flocking to his shrine here. Such adventures are chronicled in Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic Canterbury Tales.

St. Mary-the-Virgin Church

Visit the Anglican church that sits in the center of Dover. Christians have worshipped at this site for more than 1,000 years. It maintains a fine musical tradition, with a robed choir of more than 30 members.

Langdon Cliffs

For a vigorous and invigorating experience, hike along the Landon Cliffs, east of Dover. They offer a panoramic view of the Straits of Dover and are a superb spot to watch the world’s busiest shipping lanes. There is also a visitor center, known as “The Gateway to the White Cliffs,” with information about the landmark and a coffee shop.

Big Ben

Those who wish to take advantage of Dover’s nearness to London can visit the iconic clock tower—a beloved symbol of the United Kingdom and a House of Parliament landmark since 1858.

British Museum

For an educational experience of human history and culture, visit London’s British Museum. Guests are treated to a large collection of historical artwork, treasures and artifacts from all around the world.

Buckingham Palace

Over 50,000 visitors flock to London’s Buckingham Palace each year—and for good reason. Tours of the State Rooms, where the Queen and the Royal Family conduct official affairs, are offered year-round.

Travel Information

What to know before you go to Dover, England.

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As is the case throughout the United Kingdom, English is universally spoken in Dover.

How to Pay
The British monetary system is based on the pound sterling (GBP). However, some shops in the south of England accept euros. As most taxis, stores and restaurants may only accept pounds, you’re better off converting your currency. (Note: taxi drivers in Dover will not accept dollars.)

Throughout most of Great Britain, tipping is generally 10% of the bill and applies to restaurants, bars and taxis. However, be sure to check your bill to see if a 10% service charge has been included. If so, it is not necessary to leave a tip.

How to Get Around
Visitors have a wide range of transportation options in Dover. Dover is small enough to get around on foot. However, taxis are available if you’d prefer a ride and are generally very safe and quick. Local buses service the area and you can buy your ticket from the driver when you board. Additionally, there is a local double-decker tour bus that offers stops at most of Dover’s attractions.

Safety in Dover
Tourists are always advised to follow safety precautions to protect valuables. Please follow these tips to help ensure that you have a fun and safe vacation.

Do not keep large amounts of cash with you or show money in public. Leave passports, air transportation tickets and cruise documents in the safety deposit box of your stateroom. You do not need your travel documents while visiting Dover.

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Arrival Information

Learn about departure port details such as driving directions, parking and onboarding information.

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Dover Port Terminal

Dover Cruise Terminal Two (PTA)
Dover, Kent, CT17 9BU, United Kingdom

There is no parking at Terminal Two; however, parking is available nearby. Reservations are recommended during the peak summer months of July through September. During peak periods, additional parking is available at other Dover Harbour Board facilities.

Parking is charged at a per-day rate (subject to change without notice)
A fee will be charged for cancellations made within 7 working days of the first day of the reservation
Unused reserved parking days will not be refunded
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Remember to bring extra layers year-round if walking along the White Cliffs of Dover.
It’s fortunately very easy to walk between Dover sights, so don’t worry about hiring a vehicle.