City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Dover

Dover is a beautiful city known for its lovely port that is the major port in southeast England. Due to its position, the city was invaded and needed a strong and powerful defense that was possible due to strong and tall forts and castles. Dover is also known for its beautiful, green areas, well known buildings and landmarks that must be visited and admired.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Dover (See other walking tours in Dover)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: jenny
Merchant Navy Memorial

1) Merchant Navy Memorial

Merchant Navy Memorial is a monument dedicated to those that died during the wars at sea. During the wars, ships suffered the most important losses due to the location of the city and the fact that they were attacked from the sea. Thousands of sailors died trying to defend their country from enemies. Merchant Navy Memorial is located on Dover sea front.
Dover Museum

2) Dover Museum (must see)

The Dover Museum was founded in February 1836 by the town's mayor Edward Pett Thompson and was initially housed in the old Guildhall and run by the Dover Philosophical Institute. The Town Council formally took it over 12 years later, constructing a new building to house it and the town's market, in Market Square.

Shelled from France in 1942 during the Second World War, the Museum lost much of its collections, including nearly all of its natural history collections. Much of the surviving material was left neglected in caves and other stores until 1946, and it is estimated only 30% of the pre-war collection survived to that date. In 1948 a 'temporary' museum was opened in the Town Hall's undercroft, but this, in fact, lasted until 1991, when a new museum building on three stories was opened in Market Square.

On 20 July 1999, the Queen opened a new gallery on the Museum's second floor centred on the Dover Bronze Age Boat that dates to 1575–1520 BC, which may make it the oldest substantially intact boat in the world (older boat finds are small fragments, some less than a metre square). In December 2000, this gallery was awarded the British Archaeological Awards ICI Award 2000, for its contribution to archaeological knowledge.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 10am-3pm (Apr-Sep, closed Oct-Mar)
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St Mary's Church

3) St Mary's Church (must see)

St. Mary the Virgin Church represents the main and most impressive church of the town. It is said that the Saxons established this church and then Normans and Victorians continued to add some elements to it. The church was closed during the life of King Henry VIII but reopened in 1544. In the nineteenth century it was rebuilt and enlarged, giving it a new image. Some arches and towers were rebuilt using stone and giving them a modern, more fashionable look. The parish has a nice choir that sings religious songs at every church service. It also has a youth club where children are taught how to pray and how to glorify God.
The Roman Painted House

4) The Roman Painted House (must see)

During the Roman invasion of Britain, Dover was one of the principal ports of the empire. A great amount of money was spent by the Romans to construct buildings. One of the finest in Dover was discovered in the 20th Century and opened to the public as the Roman Painted House. The museum has on display an elaborate series of rooms, each bringing alive the Roman way of life to the modern visitor.

Operation Hours:
1st April to 22nd April: 5 days/week — Tuesday to Saturday.
23rd April to 31st May: 2 days/week — Tuesdays & Saturdays only.
1st June to 20th September: 5 days/week — Tuesday to Saturday.
10am to 5pm.
Dover Town Hall

5) Dover Town Hall

Dover Town Hall is a beautiful place where different ceremonies are held on different occasions. It seats up to 500 guests and has many different rooms. The entrance is large and can be accessed via a flight of steps. Now it is managed by Thanet Leisure Force. The Hall is open all year round and even civil marriages take place here.
The Maison Dieu

6) The Maison Dieu (must see)

The Hospital of St Mary, Domus Dei, or Maison Dieu, is a medieval building in Dover, which forms part of the Old Town Hall buildings. It was founded in 1203 by Hubert de Burgh, the Constable of Dover Castle, as the "Hospital of the Mason Dieu" to accommodate pilgrims coming from the Continent to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. de Burgh gave the manors of River and Kingsdown to the hospital in order to fund it.

The original buildings consisted of one large hall with a kitchen and living quarters attached for the Master and Brethren who 'practised hospitality to all strangers'. The hospital accommodated permanent pensioners and other wounded and poor soldiers, as well as pilgrims. In 1834, the building was sold to the Corporation of Dover who used the Maison Dieu as the Town Hall. At first, the building was used by the Town Council with minimal restorations. Eventually, the Council turned the old chapel into a courtroom and built a prison below. The Council decided to fully restore the building, and in 1851 they agreed to implement renovations suggested by Victorian architect Ambrose Poynter.

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Dover College

7) Dover College

Dover College is a co-educational independent school in Dover. It was founded in 1871, and takes both day pupils and boarders. The school occupies some of the medieval buildings of Dover Priory, on a site just east of the eponymous railway station. In 1869 Robert Chignell, who had a private school at Westmount, in Folkestone Road, leased part of the Dover Priory buildings for a private school.

It is set in the grounds and ruins of the Priory of St.Martin, which was ransacked by King Henry VIII as part of his dissolution of the monasteries. The priory gives its name to Dover's main railway station which was built on the western part of the priory site. Some of the original medieval buildings remain.

The College was founded and opened modestly as a boys' school on 15 September 1871 and by the end of the first term there were already 21 boys in the school; by the end of the next summer another 32 had joined them. It acquired the large hall, or guest-house, in 1879 and converted it into a school chapel by enlarging the east end into an apse. In time, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners made over the whole property to the College Trustees.

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Pencester Gardens

8) Pencester Gardens

Pencester Gardens appeared in the city centre architecture in 1924. It is a beautiful place, green and fresh, and located in a very central location, where people come from all over to have a great lunch or enjoy a pleasant evening or weekend with family and friends. It includes a special zone for kids to play and a golf zone for adults. In 2000, a pavilion was built where concerts and other ceremonies are organized.
Dover Castle

9) Dover Castle (must see)

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Kent. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

Dover Castle is a Scheduled Monument, which means it is a "nationally important" historic building and archaeological site that has been given protection against unauthorised change. It is also a Grade I listed building, and recognised as an internationally important structure. The castle, secret tunnels, and surrounding land are now owned by English Heritage and the site is a major tourist attraction. The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports is officially head of the castle, in his conjoint position of Constable of Dover Castle, and the Deputy Constable has his residence in Constable's Gate. Between 2007 and 2009, English Heritage spent £2.45 million on recreating the castle's interior. According to figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, nearly 350,000 people visited Dover Castle in 2010.

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St Mary in Castro

10) St Mary in Castro (must see)

St Mary in Castro, or St Mary de Castro, is a church in the grounds of Dover Castle, Kent. It is a heavily restored Saxon structure, built next to a Roman lighthouse which became the church bell-tower. St Mary serves the local population and the army, and is the church of the Dover Garrison.

The 28 feet high arches at the east and west ends of the crossing appear to be original, and their west faces are outlined by strip work of projecting tiles. A tall round-headed, stone-faced doorway (now blocked and with not much left of its original stripwork outline, but with its typically Saxon alternating horizontal and vertical slabs) gave access to the nave from the south. Unusual double splayed round-headed windows pierce the nave's north and south walls, and Scott (who found them during his restoration) suggested there were another pair near the west end of the nave's side walls. He saw this pair of windows, and putlog holes in the walls for supporting timbers, as evidence for a west gallery, for which space needed to be left between that pair of windows and the west wall.

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Walking Tours in Dover, England

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dover is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings Tour in Dover

Religious Buildings Tour in Dover

Dover is a beautiful city with interesting attractions and nice people. There are many places of worship that you can visit and admire. These places offer a great chance to see and understand the different periods and the cultural and architectural influences of those times. This tour offers a great possibility to visit the city’s most famous churches.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Historical Sights of Dover

Historical Sights of Dover

Dover is a small city that is full of beautiful places to visit, like forts, churches and castles. This tour around the city offers a great possibility to visit numerous historical landmarks that relate to the history of the city. Most of them are very old and are preserved very carefully by local authorities. Take this tour and visit one of the most interesting and famous historical landmarks in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Dover Pubs Tour

Dover Pubs Tour

England has a great beer tradition that has been developed and maintained over the years. Pubs are a place for meeting and spending time with friends. Dover is known for having an interesting pub history. There are pubs with live music and dance floors where special parties are organized. Some of these pubs where known for a long period of time and their tradition lives on. This tour gives a...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles