The North Entrance, Dover

The North Entrance, Dover

The North Entrance was the main entrance to the Western Heights fortification. This entrance was close to the town of Dover, making it a convenient point for military access or carrying supplies into the fortress. It dates from the 1860s and features two bridges that cross over ditches leading to a tunnel. A pair of arched doorways are at the outer end of the tunnel.

Inside the tunnel is a staircase leading to three gun rooms. There are also three large water tanks. In the past, they supplied water to the Western Heights barracks. An inner entrance leads to a guardroom, a brick structure accessible from the roadway. Interestingly, the guardroom contains an early type of central heating in the form of a grate with ducts for moving cold and hot air.

This historic landmark is currently in a state of ruin and has been the target of vandalism over the years. Tours are available to explore the inside of the tunnel only once a year during a Western Heights Preservation Society open weekend.

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The North Entrance on Map

Sight Name: The North Entrance
Sight Location: Dover, England (See walking tours in Dover)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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