The disabled cruiser visiting Dover will find the area around Dover has excellent disability access. With the exception of an inward opening door to the accessible toilet, one mobility scooter user called their visit to Dover Castle a ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ experience. Dover Castle’s land train has a wheelchair lift and is useful for getting around the site. There is also lift access to the Secret Tunnels, but not the Medieval parts of the castle.
Samphire Hoe, created during the construction of the Channel Tunnel, is one of the best spots to view the famous White Cliffs of Dover. After driving through the tunnel you emerge on the Hoe. Separated from other land areas it offers views of the sea and white cliffs plus a landscape to view nature. Paths are up and down on a firm but cambered surface. There is a good toilet and cafe with picnic benches.
Dover is in the county of Kent, in south east England.
Dover, home to the famous White Cliffs, is small enough to be explored on foot relatively easily. It is around a 20 minute walk from the port. Dover Castle, which is over 2,000 years old is well worth a visit.
South Foreland lighthouse was bought by the National Trust in 1989, the building has been preserved and is open to visitors.
Samphire Hoe Country Park is situated 3km west of Dover. It was created by using chalk marl from the Channel Tunnel excavations. It is accessible via a single track tunnel controlled by traffic lights, which crosses over the Kent Coast railway line. Visitor facilities include car parking, toilets and a tea kiosk.
Other attractions include St Margaret’s Bay beach and nearby Pine Gardens, Dover Transport Museum and Dover Museum.
London is also accessible from Dover via high speed train from Dover Priory Station or coach (from Pencester Road). There are also a number of car hire companies in Dover itself.
Where You’re Docked
Dover has two main Cruise Terminals – Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Shuttles into Dover tend to operate when ships are in dock. Car parking is available.
Dover’s city center is a brisk 30-minute walk from the port terminal (ten-minute ride) and it offers basic services — drugstore, cybercafe, grocery store. But otherwise, most of the city’s major attractions require auto transportation.
Anything from the outlet shops at Dover’s De Bradelei Wharf because it sells discounted merchandise; you may get deals like 70 percent off everything from lingerie to glassware from England.
There are an abundance of restaurants to choose from, ranging from fast food to international options.
Points of Interest
- Dover Castle – walk or take a bus to see the the King’s Hall, the Outer Bailey, the King’s Chamber, the King’s Brewery, the Guest Hall, the Guest Chamber, the castle walls and the medieval tunnels of the castle with central part in the history of England. For the Disabled Cruiser you can park right up near the keep. There is a land train that is free and runs frequently and is wheelchair accessible. There is disabled access to the wartime tunnels and you can hire an electric mobility scooter or wheelchair should you need to. If you want to hire an electric scooter then its best to ring and reserve one on the day you are going. The only things as a disabled wheelchair user you are unable to visit the medieval tunnels and the battlement walk.
- Roman Painted House – the Roman Painted house, dating from AD 200. Open from June to September. Fascinating little place in the historically rich city of Dover. For a small admission fee you can visit the well preserved Roman house as well as Roman fortification walls that were later built through it.
- White Cliffs Of Dover – enjoy adorable English Channel views from 320ft. Enjoy a walk along the Langdon cliffs or see the South Foreland Lighthouse – open for tourists during the summer. The Disabled Cruiser will find that Samphire Hoe, created during the construction of the Channel Tunnel, is one of the best spots to view the famous White Cliffs of Dover. After driving through the tunnel you emerge on the Hoe. Separated from other land areas it offers views of the sea and white cliffs plus a landscape to view nature. There is a solid surface ramp down to the sea wall (where you can’t see over unless at standing height). Ramps assist you to a middle section where you can see more and walk/roll west to the end. You can then take the path through the grass and shrub land back to the car park. This route is solid surface but hilly and some cambered slopes.
- Dover Museum – visit the famous museum and enjoy original historical exhibitions. The most popular thing to see there is the Bronze Age Boat, 3500-year aged. The Disabled Cruiser will enjoy good access for wheelchairs, with a lift to every floor.
- St. Margaret’s Bay – charming, sunny place with delightful beach, benches for sitting, a kiosk for ice cream and plenty of parking area. It is located 4 miles from Dover, direction East. For the Disabled Cruiser, there is no promenade to walk along so not good for anyone in a wheelchair. There are disabled toilets however, so that is a plus.
Dover Accessible Excursions
There are no organized accessible shore excursions in Dover.