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Dover is a principal arrival and departure port to and from England; it is located in the county of Kent, in the southeast of England, only 34 kilometres from the French port of Calais and continental Europe. Dover is home to the world's busiest shipping lane with regular ferry services across the channel to France.

Dover is known for its internationally famous White Cliffs, the first glimpse of England seen by passengers arriving from the Continent. These imposing cliffs offer a variety of walks and provide fabulous and inspirational views across the sea. The white cliffs of Dover retain their white colouring because they are in fact comprised of chalk

The medieval Dover Castle is one of the most interesting sights of the city; it is a splendidly positioned defensive complex, home to an Anglo-Saxon Church, St Mary in Castro; an Iron Age hill fort and a network of secret wartime tunnels built in the medieval age and last used as a headquarters to plan the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II. The Castle offers a great view of Dover below.

During World War II, Dover was badly bombed because of its role as a marine base; much of its infrastructure was destroyed.

There were settlements here long before the Romans arrived to build their own defences, some still visible such as the Pharos, a Roman lighthouse built in A.D.50 on the present-day site of Dover Castle, apparently the oldest standing building in the United Kingdom.

The Roman Painted House is an ancient guest house that was excavated at the beginning of the 1970s, the house possesses important frescoes, the remains of an underground Roman heating system and mosaics; it helps unravel the multi-layered history of the town.

There are two museums the main Dover Museum and the Transport Museum, the Dover Museum, located on the Market Square, has three floors packed with educational displays on Dover's past, including a 3,550 year old boat from the Bronze Age.

Also a worth visit are the Maison Dieu, known also as Hospital of St Mary or Domus Dei, is a medieval building founded in 1203 by Hubert de Brugh as a hostel for pilgrims.

Other important sights in Dover include the working Crabble Corn Mill, the Grand Shaft, the reserve Samphire Hoe, the Vista Leisure Centre and the remains of the Roman’s Watling Street. Fishing is a popular activity from the beach, pier or on the sea.

Also, many visitors to Dover choose to travel around nearby towns and cities, such as Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Rochester, Cromer and Hastings. One of the other attraction that you can visit, is the Cromer Pier, on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. If you're interested you can check the Cromer webcam in that webcam online tool and watch other attractions in England like the Dover Castle or Canterbury town.

The town is also well-known for the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994, often referred to by locals as “Chunnel” marked a development in the economy of Dover. Nowadays, Dover is a bustling town with fine shopping centres, a flourishing cultural scene and an animated nightlife.

Dover is just a two-hour drive from London. The train leaving from Waterloo station in London to Dover takes an hour and forty minutes.

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