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Walking the Western heights

Great if into war themes and history as dates back to Napoleonic times especially the drop redoubt... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

What a fantastic hidden gem! The British defenses intended to halt an army from invading Old Blighty. If you haven't been there, it will blow you away - just as was intended for Napoleon's army.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PaulC8888
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Great if into war themes and history as dates back to Napoleonic times especially the drop redoubt Great views on a clear day to France and a good place to watch channel shipping. History well documented by signing at various places , can get unsavoury...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank stevestejoh
Reviewed 18 September 2018

A local Dover tour guide took us to see several sites in and around Dover, and the Western Heights were our first stop. They are quite the impressive fortification, especially considering that they were constructed in the late 1700's. We started the tour by visiting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hsbvim
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Standing on the Western Heights looking out over Dover Harbour has a certain magic on a misty day. You may not have the distant views, but the overall panorama of this busy site has much to offer. More locally on the Heights you can inspect...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely walk around western heights today, fabulous views and the fort really gives you that feeling of history, although visited in a day when the fort wasn’t open, it’s still a lovely walk. Paths are a little run Dow and my 77 yr old Dad...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank avrilmob
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Deliberately hidden in the Dover hills, this huge statement of architecture, military power and history makes for a fantastic day out for adults and children alike. Being surrounded by interesting walking trails, coupled with gorgeous views, finding the fort is a delightful challenge and when...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank MagellanSmiles
Reviewed 9 August 2018

So much work has been done to revive the site. The people are knowledgeable and they really care about the history of this corner of Dover. Got to put it on must see if you're visiting

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Kit B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Dover's Western Heights are one of the relatively unknown attractions in Dover. They are a set of huge fortifications, mostly constructed in the 19th century after fears of a French invasion. The architecture is amazing, and there is loads to see, as well as amazing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Charlie F
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views across the channel and lots of places to explore. You can make the walk as hard or as easy for yourselves as you like and can venture all the way over the hills towards the seafront area. It can be difficult to walk...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kirsty B
Reviewed 26 July 2018

There is a sign to it from near the railway station, or you can approach through a housing estate nearer the middle of Dover. The area is quite fascinating, with large military remains, but sadly no sign boards to explain what it all was. Multiple...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Heather S
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Barry C
23 March 2016|
Response from Mandy W |
There is a cafe selling drinks and cakes inside the Redoubt and a burger van but only over the open weekend, four days a year. But the site is only 5minutes drive from the main town, or a 15 minute slow walk.