Over the past few years we have been many times to
visit Dover Castle. This above any other historical
attraction is our favourite one. It was here many years
ago during the nineteen sixties that I took my first ever
photograph, it was of my mother and father next to the
battlements at the top of the Norman Keep.
The castle and surrounding area have a long history stretching
back to the iron age. This is probably due to its
strategic position over looking the straits of Dover towards
France. On a clear day France can be viewed quite easily
As well as the Norman Keep which was
built by Henry the second on the spot of earlier defences, there
is also a Roman Pharos (lighthouse) and Saxon Church which can
be visited within the Castle grounds.
The castle as had many extra defences added over
the centuries and must be one of the most fortified places that
you could ever come across any where.
During Medieval times tunnels were excavated
to enable safer movement of troops to one of the outer
defences. Further tunnels were excavated during Napoleonic
times into the white cliffs themselves, and during the Second
World War these were extensively enlarged and a underground
hospital, telecommunications centre and control room were
added. The retreat from Dunkirk was controlled from within
this labyrinth of tunnels, been commanded by Vice Admiral
After the Second World War a third
level of tunnels was excavated which was going to be used as a
regional headquarters for the south of England in the event of a
nuclear war breaking out, during the dark years of the cold war
with the USSR.
The Napoleonic and Second World War tunnels are
open for the public to view but not the third level of tunnels
The property is in the hands of English Heritage and
to be honest you will need far more than a day to take in all
to return to the top of the page.
Above Dover Castle has viewed from the
Saxon Church and Roman Pharos.
The Saxon Church and Roman Pharos.
One of the many artillery pieced that can
be viewed within the castle grounds.
Click on the pictures below to get a better
Above is a statue of Vice Admiral
Ramsey. Below is one of the entrances into the Second
World War secret tunnels.