Travelling from France to England and vice versa is incredibly common, because the trip doesn’t take that long via ferry. There are many ports that you can go through, but a favorite of many locals is the Dover Ferry Port, located near Dover in Kent, England. It’s just over the Channel to France, and it is also one of the oldest ports in the entire world.
As you may expect, this port is one of the busiest in this area of Europe. The ferry companies that go to and from this port include DFDS Seaways (a Danish company), P&O Ferries (Southampton), and MyFerryLink, all of which have several ferries that go back and forth throughout the day.
Since there are so many different things for you to do and enjoy while you’re in and around the Dover Ferry Port, it’s important for you to have an idea of what’s there. Here’s a quick look at what it has to offer.
Restaurants: No matter what you are craving, you will be able to find it in the Dover area. There are several restaurants within walking distance that serve inexpensive, diner-style food, including the Marine Court Table, the White Horse Inn, and Castle Take-Away. If you’re looking for something a little more classy and refined, you will want to see what they have at Chapter Eight or Il Rustico, which are a little higher class and have esteemed chefs making delicious meals.
Shopping: Directly at the Port are two buildings called Passenger Services Building West and Passenger Services Building East. These two buildings have a variety of restaurants and shops that you can enjoy while you’re there. If you go a bit further, you can check out De Bradelei Wharf, which offers a variety of different types of clothing at fair prices (and they’re all brand names as well!).
If you head over to Biggin Street, you will see many more shops as well, including Boots, Peacocks, and more. The shopping district in this area is constantly expanding, and so you may want to consider a few trips in order to see what’s new.
Other Attractions: One of the most popular attractions in Dover is the White Cliffs, which is a beautiful cliff arrangement located near the Channel. There are, however, a variety of historical sites that you can also see when you’re there, including various castles (including the well known Dover Castle), the Roman Painted House, and the Transport Museum, which lays out all of the different things that have gone on with the development and technology behind travel that has been centered in and around this area of England.
History is a huge part of what you’re going to see at Dover (and in most other parts of England), so you will want to make sure that you see the Secret Wartime Tunnels, the South Foreland Lighthouse, and a variety of forts and castles that were constructed throughout history in order to keep this region of England safe.