Dover town guide
Dover has played a major role in British history for over two thousand years. Since Roman times it has been one of England's most important ports. Dover is one of the Cinque Ports and has one of the busiest passenger terminals in England.
Dover Castle dominates the town, harbour and sea approaches. It is well worth a visit as from the battlemented roof you get wonderful views of the Channel, its shipping and on a clear day the coast of France.
Due to its close proximity to France, it has been here that various feats of endurance have taken place. In 1875, Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim the Channel. Bleriot first crossed the Channel one way in a monoplane in 1909 and a year later Charles Rolls did the first two way Channel flight.