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Dover Castle – English Heritage

Castle Hill, Dover, CT16 1HU. England

Enjoy a visit to Dover Castle and experience 2000 years of history. Start at the Roman lighthouse, then explore The Great Tower to learn more about Henry II. Descend into the Medieval tunnels on the way to the atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels. Find out more about WWI and the role of the WWI Fire Command Post by using our handling box, full of artefacts and activities and book the education room to dress up and imagine what life would have been like as a medieval lady or knight.

GBST OFFER – English Heritage have a fantastic offer for free Discovery Visits: ‘Knights, Feasts & Garderobes’ and ‘Secret Codes and Ciphers’ for 30 pupils, see below for more information. This offer is applicable for schools with over 30% free school meals. Click ‘Apply Now’ for a chance to apply for this offer.

If you’re not eligible, don’t worry – you can still apply for a bursary. Scroll down for more information.

Venue resources

Risk Assessment PDF 0.07MB Download
Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 7-11 ZIP 12.31MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 11-14 ZIP 12.31MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 7-11 ZIP 12.2MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 11-14 ZIP 12.2MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Book via The Great British School Trip and your school will be automatically entered into our fantastic competition! See details below.

Discovery Visits at Dover Caslte

Discovery Visits at Dover Caslte

Knights, Feasts & Garderobes

What was life like for the lords and ladies who lived at the Castle and for those who served them? Find out on an interactive tour of the Great Tower at Dover Castle including lessons on courtly language and behaviour, role play and object handling. Availability: November and March: Thursday, April to October: Tuesdays during term time. Sessions last for 1 hour.

Secret Codes and Ciphers

The castle played an important role in WWII, in the planning of ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and also became a top secret HQ. Find out more about the work carried out inside the Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle by breaking codes and helping to complete a secret mission. Availability: March to November: Thursdays during term time. Sessions last 1 hour.

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Education at English Heritage

Inspire your students in the places where history really happened on a free self-led visit or an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop. The following offers are included as part of The Great British School Trip:


You can bring your class to any of our sites entirely free of charge. We offer free entry to pre-booked schools, as well as free planning visits to help you make the most out of your day. Use our free downloadable resources to help with your planning and risk assessment.


Award-winning and immersive Discovery Visits are available at selected sites from just £100 per session per class. Students of all ages and abilities can meet characters from the past, role-play or handle intriguing objects.

Venue Details



Castle Hill, Dover
CT16 1HU. England

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary depending on time of year. Please check the website for further detail.