Dover Castle

We travelled to Dover Castle on Sunday 14th June 2015 to continue our tour around the United Kingdom.

The Castle can be seen from miles away as you approach Dover as it is a rather large and raging structure. Looked after by English Heritage the building was amazing and one of the largest we have seen to date.

In the grounds there is a NAAFI which sells refreshments just to keep you going during what could be a very long day if you wanted to have a look in every corner of the Castle.

In the Castle grounds there is a shop selling memorabilia of all type as well as the normal English Heritage books with all the historical references you need in regard to the fortress. There is also the tower where you get some magnificent views of all of Dover including the near by Docks and sea front.

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

Dover castle the largest castle in England.

The site may have been fortified with earthworks in the Iron Age or earlier, before the Romans invaded in AD43. This is suggested on the basis of the unusual pattern of the earthworks which does not seem to be a perfect fit for the medieval castle. Excavations have provided evidence of Iron Age occupation within the locality of the castle, but it is not certain whether this is associated with the hill fort. There have also been excavations on the mound which the church and Roman Pharos are situated on, which has been discovered to be a Bronze Age mound.

The Church and old Saxon Lighthouse or Pharoses

The site also contained one of Dover’s two 80-foot Roman lighthouses (or Pharoses), one of which still survives, whilst the remains of the other are located on the opposing Western Heights, across the town of Dover. On the site is a classic montrol (campsite) where the Normans landed after their victorious conquest.

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