Shore Excursion examples from Dover
A quick dip into English history and culture through the ages.
From Dover Cruise Terminal we set off to Canterbury to visit the Cathedral, mother church of Anglicanism and explore the medieval history of the city of Canterbury. Then though the English countryside and quaint villages towards the eponymous town of Sandwich to explore the winding streets of this ancient town, one-time home to Thomas Paine of Rights of Man fame. Time for lunch at a little English pub, then a stop in at Walmer Castle, traditional home of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, for a quick brush with royalty, dukes, battles and gardens. On the return to Dover a stunning photo opportunity at Dover Castle. Two thousand years of history in just one day!
Step back 600 years into quaint cobbled streets and tales of smugglers, sea and secret derring-do.
From Dover Cruise Terminal we follow the coast road past the 19th century defenses put in place against French Napoleonic invasion, through the evocative Romney Marshes and tiny villages, never complete without a church, a school, a village green and of course, the local pub. We stop in the medieval walled town of Rye, once an important royal port, now stranded inland as the sea has retreated over time. Stroll through its cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere that attracted the author Henry James to make his home in the town. EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels were set in Rye (aka Tilling) and many of the locations can still be visited today where the atmosphere of between-the-wars small town life can be evoked in an instant. After lunch at the pub we drive to Tenterden to see the steam railway and, if time permits, why not take a trip on the railway to Bodiam Castle? Our vehicle will follow and pick us up for the return leg to Dover.
Sir Winston Churchill's Chartwell.
From Dover Cruise Terminal we travel north to visit the house chosen by Churchill as the family home. See for yourself the spectacular views across the Kentish Weald; the view that Churchill said ‘seduced him’ into purchasing Chartwell. Today the house is still much as it was when the family lived here – pictures, books and personal mementos evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family, providing an insight into the private life of the great man. The visit includes an exhibition in Churchill’s studio tucked away by the lawns of the house; the largest single collection of Churchill’s paintings. Surrounding the house are fabulous gardens, some designed by Sir Winston Churchill. There may be time to visit another site on the way back to your ship, perhaps continuing the Churchill theme by visiting Dover Castle and the Operation Dynamo exhibition deep within the wartime tunnels of the White Cliffs themselves.
Leeds Castle and Walmer Castle are two other suggestions of sites which can be visited within the day.