We’re really pleased to see our lovely town and many local attractions re-opening in these cautious times.
Many have reopened with social distancing being respected and the need to book pre-timed tickets.
To avoid disappointment, if you are interested in any specific attractions it would be worth checking they are open and whether they require advance booking before heading to them (just in case).
Please do visit, support and enjoy our lovely town!
Dover Castle – Over 900 years old, delve deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War. Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
Trip to France – No. 6 is just a 15 minutes drive from the Ferries (P&O and DFDS) at Dover. It’s then just a relaxing 90 minute trip across to Calais. If time is of the essence, or you don’t fancy the high seas, then the house is only a 30 minute drive from the Eurotunnel terminal from where it is only 35 minutes on the train for a smooth and easy trip to Calais.
Cooking School – Chequers Kitchen Cookery School is a beautiful venue situated near the sea in Deal, Kent offering a wide range of cookery courses for adults and children, team-building corporate events and private dining for special occasions. They pride themselves on using many local, Kentish ingredients. The Chequers, Golf Rd, Deal, Kent CT14 6RG
Walmer Castle – Walmer Castle is a wonderful castle bringing to life the Duke of Wellington’s career and the story of his life and death. You can even see the original Wellington Boots. Outside there are 8 acres of award-winning gardens to explore, including a newly-opened Glen and a planted former chalk quarry accessible for the first time in over 100 years. Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
‘Prawning’ at Oldstairs Bay – This is the place to try to catch your own supper. At low tide you can try your hand at ‘Prawning’. The best times are September through until April with the primary months being November until around late March. Underfcliffe Bay, Kingsdown CT14
Sandwich Bay – A long sweeping inlet of the sea between Ramsgate and Deal. The coastal area consists of sand flats with their associated salt marshes and coastal sand dunes. The Sandwich Flats stretch for about five miles (8 km) along the coast. Sandwich, CT13 9QB
Deal and Sandwich Shooting School – Have a go at Clay Pigeon Shooting! Situated right next to Sandwich’s glorious long-winding seafront, the Deal and Sandwich Shooting School provides you with the perfect location to enjoy a glorious day out. Deal, Sandwich CT13 9QD
Dover Transport Museum – Home to many forms of wonderful historic vehicles, there are also two large exhibition halls where the museum team have recreated street scenes of old Dover that will stir the memories of many older visitors and give younger ones a glimpse of how things used to be. A visit to the museum makes a memorable family day out. Dover Transport Museum, Willingdon Road, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 2JX
Rib Trip’s and Watersports Eqipment Rental – Dover Sea Safari – Head out on a RHIB and choose to see the White Cliffs up close, visit the seals in their natural habitat or go and see the Maunsell Sea Forts up close… whichever your sea legs fancy. Dover Sea Sports Centre, Esplanade, Dover CT17 9FS
Rent a Kayak, SuP or Topper – No need to book, just turn up and rent a Kayak, Stand up Paddle-board or Topper (& wetsuits). Dover Sea Sports Centre, Esplanade, Dover CT17 9FS
Canoe Wild – Kayak, Paddleboard or Canoe’s available to book via the website: 1 hour hire’s, guided tours, private 1-1 Lessons and small group taster sessions. The Paddle House, Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Canterbury CT3 4BP
Wingham Wildlife Park – WWP covers an area of 26 acres housing over 200 different species including moon bears, chimpanzees and penguins! In addition to the animal collection there are two large play areas, indoors and outdoors plus a sheltered tropical house, reptile house and museum. For directions, please refer to their website. Rusham Rd, Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1JL
Kingsdown Play Park – A lovely small park on the outskirts of Kingsdown village, which has adventure and play equipment for children, a football pitch and an outside gym. Ringwould Road, Kingsdown CT14
Samphire Hoe Country Park – Stunning location, outstanding scenery, walks, wildflowers, birds, sea angling, picnics, peace and quiet. The park was created by using 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl from the Channel Tunnel excavations and covers a 30-hectare site at the foot of the famous Shakespeare Cliff, between Dover and Folkestone. Samphire Hoe is off the Dover to Folkestone carriageway of the A20, accessed through a traffic light controlled tunnel in the cliff. Postcode: CT17 9FL
Betteshanger Park – Betteshanger guarantees an energy-packed day out for adults and kids alike. There is a huge range of activities, some are available every day such as the cycling trails, whilst others need to booked in advance or only take place on special event days. Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF
Cottington Lakes Fishery – Set in 45 acres of delightful wooded Kentish countryside Cottington lakes provides a choice of five mixed coarse lakes, two specimen carp lakes & a snake-shaped match lake, which is about one-and-a-half miles long. There are also several slow-running streams meandering though the complex, which can be fished between 16 June and 14 March, & which hold good stocks of fish including carp well into double figures & pike to over 20lbs. Although parts of the dykes are densely weeded, they can be fished by anyone holding a day ticket to fish one of the Cottington lakes waters. On site are a tackle shop, café & bar. There are also modern and clean toilet & shower facilities. Cottington Court Farm, Sandwich Road, Sholden CT14 0AR
Turner Contemporary – One of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Petticoat Lane Emporium – South East’s biggest and best indoor extravaganza of Vintage, Retro, Craft, Art & Antiques. It also has the statutory cafe. Petticoat Lane Emporium, 47 Dumpton Park Drive, CT11 8AD
Micro Museum – Home to a unique collection of vintage personal computers, calculators, games and micro electronics. The curators are keen collectors, having amassed this collection over the passed 4+ decades – finding, buying and rescuing old equipment wherever they could. They now have hundreds of items to share with visitors. The Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA
Micro Museum Games Gallery – Next door to the Micro museum and accessed with your museum ticket is the Games Gallery. An entire building dedicated to retro videogaming where you can get hands on with some vintage tech. The Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum – The iconic RAF fighter planes of the Second World War, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and the Hawker Hurricane IIC, housed under one museum roof at the historic Battle of Britain airfield in Manston, Kent. The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, The Airfield, Manston Road, Ramsgate CT12 5DF
Ramsgate Tunnels – Beneath Ramsgate lies an abandoned labyrinth of tunnels which extends for more than 3 miles around the town. This unique underground city was constructed as part of the town’s Air Raid Precautions in 1939 and includes a former main line railway tunnel dating back to 1863. Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate CT11 8FH
Shell Grotto – 2000 SQFT of mosaic, made from 4.6 million shells, in 70 feet of underground tunnels. Grotto Hill, Margate, CT9 2BU
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club – This golf club is a Members’ Club with an 18 hole Championship Links golf course, regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. The Club also has excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, putting, chipping and pitching greens. Visitors are welcome and the club has a flexible policy to suit the requirements of societies, corporate events or small social groups. They are predominantly a twoball or foursomes club with three and four ball golf permitted on Mondays and Thursdays. Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club – Golf Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6RF
Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club – This golf club was designed by renowned course designer James Braid who created the course around the natural landscape high up on the edge of the White Cliffs of Dover, incorporating a sharp ridge and steep valley leading into the adjoining countryside, ensuring that it maximised the panoramic views in every direction from the unique location. The Downland course measures 6471 yards off the white tees and is eminently playable while offering fascinating challenges for all abilities in truly wonderful surroundings. Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club, The Leas, Kingsdown, Deal, CT14 8EP
Revolution Skatepark & Climbing – Kents premier indoor Skatepark and Climbing Centre. Oakwood Industrial Estate, Dane Valley Road, Broadstairs CT10 3JJ
Folkstone Snowsports: Have a go at ski-ing or snowboarding or if thats not your thing you can have a go in a Sno-ring! Folkstone Sports Centre, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone, CT19 5HX.
Wildwood Trust – Over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland. See Bears, Wolves, Arctic Foxes, Bison, Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Lynx, Wild Horses, Badgers, Beavers and much more as you make your way around the park. Wealden Forest Park, Canterbury Rd, Herne Common, Herne Bay CT6 7LQ
Hornby Hobbies Visitors Centre – Journey through the history of Britain’s best-loved toys. Featuring rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives. The centre also tracks the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo. Hornby Visitor Centre, Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX
East Kent Railway Trust – Journey back in time along the historic East Kent Railway. A once a thriving industrial line serving the Kent Coalfield, the four mile round trip takes you on a scenic journey between the pretty villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne. You will also find two Signal Boxes, both housing interesting displays on the history of the EKR, the Walmer Model Railway Club and their exciting model display in a beautiful LMS coach and the EPB Preservation Group, Southern Electric Group and the Trolley Bus Group. The railway runs trains on most Sundays throughout the year, with the exception of winter months, when a limited service may be in operation. Check their website for details to ensure the trains are running. East Kent Railway, Station Rd, Shepherdswell, Dover CT15 7PD