- Caves and Mines
- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor
The Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle provided privacy from prying eyes and protection from enemy fire, the tunnels under Dover Castle have served a strategic military role from Napoleonic times.
Using artefacts, interactive elements, moving real life stories, striking images and original wartime film footage this new exhibition traces the history of the tunnels across the centuries. Highly educational but absolutely fascinating, with some potentially upsetting content, like a box of fragments from Nagaskai and Hiroshima, but these can fairly easily be passed by.
Immersive new exhibits use state-of-the-art effects and real film footage to bring the spirit of Dunkirk to life in operation Dynamo! It's exciting stuff for amateur historians and general little warmongers, but the sensitive sort may not enjoy this part.
The Underground Hospital is equally atmospheric and it's unclear form the site what the sound effects contain, so if you've got nervous types it might be another one to either check out first or skim over.
Access to the Wartime Tunnels is on the Dover Castle Ticket so doesn't cost any extra.
You can also explore the winding medieval tunnels built around 1216 and burrowed deep beneath the castle, an interesting comparison to the more modern version which they surely inspired!
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April to 31st July
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
1st August through 31st August
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
1st September to 30 September
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
1st October to 31st October
Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00
1st November to 23rd December
Monday to Friday closed Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
24th December to 26th December: closed
27th December to 1st January
The last entry time is 1 hour before closing time.