Monday, 12 September 2011

A castle made to last: Dover Castle: Part 1

Dover is my all time favourite castle. I'm partial to the big, heavy ones built not for show but for defence (or defense, if you're American).

Once part of a Saxon fortified settlement, the grounds were first converted by William the Conqueror. Later, Henry II built the great medieval fortress that stands today.

Standing tall above the White Cliffs of Dover, the castle has guarded British shores for centuries and has been successfully updated for every European war that threatened Great Britain.

We visit the castle at least once a year. Dover Castle is maintained by English Heritage. Since we're members, entrance is free. We love our English Heritage membership. Definitely good value for money.

During the summer, the castle hosted a Knight's Joust, and weekends found Henry II, his servants and court in attendance. Jolly fun to hear the cook and his wife arguing in the kitchens!

I'll be sharing more photos later in the month, so be sure to check back.



  1. An itty bit drop of drool might just be finding its way to the corner of my mouth. I enjoyed these photos and look forward to more.

  2. I'm not far from the International Railway Station!Great photo's.

  3. @tgeering: Thanks! Are you near St. Pancras/King's Cross? I like taking the "fast" train to St. Pancras. It isn't really all that fast, but it is cleaner. :D