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Camping near Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover are as English as roast beef. They offer the first glimpse of the UK for visitors from across the Channel and the last view when you’re heading to France. But Dover is more than just a place to hop aboard the ferry. It’s a great place to go camping too. In addition to the stunning coastline, it’s surrounded by idyllic Kent countryside and has a wealth of attractions - including its famous 2,000-year-old castle. And where else can you camp and count a day trip to France among the things to do?

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Campsites in Dover

There are plenty of campsites in Dover where you can park up and pitch up ahead of an early Channel crossing the next day - but why not stay a little longer? There’s plenty to see and do in the area from visiting the historic sites around the town to walking along the top of those iconic cliffs. And while this sprawling seaside town could do with a bit of sprucing up, the wider Dover district spreads out into rural Kent with pretty villages among the orchards and farmer’s fields. It’s here that you’ll find some lovely Dover camping and glamping sites. The area has the usual mix of traditional campsites that welcome tents, caravans and motorhomes, back-to-basics farm camping sites and more up-market glamping options where you can stay in a lone shepherd’s hut, treehouse or cabin. The great thing about all these campsites in Dover is that they are easily reached from London thanks to two motorways (the M20 and the M2) and a highspeed railway. A weekend getaway, a week-long holiday or a simple place to stay that’s near the port - all are possible at campsites in Dover.

Things to do in Dover

Dover’s crowning glory is its 2,000-year-old, English-Heritage managed castle. If you’re camping in Dover and looking for things to do Dover Castle is the natural place to start and it has enough within its ancient walls to keep visitors occupied for a full day (and more) with secret wartime tunnels, an underground hospital and a church to explore as well as the central castle keep. A walk along Dover's famous white cliffs is also a must. How far you want to go is up to you - but an easy place to start is at the National Trust visitor centre above the port. From here you might want to walk the two miles to the South Foreland Lighthouse where there’s a tearoom and exhibition. There’s more history at the Battle of Britain Memorial a couple of miles outside town in the other direction, towards Folkestone, which has its own appeal thanks to plenty of independent shops, art galleries and a popular sandy beach. The quaint and historic towns of Sandwich and Deal are a short drive (or long walk) from Dover too and historic Canterbury, with its mighty World Heritage-listed cathedral, is also close enough for a day trip.

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The town of Dover has seen its fair share of history, with a 2,000-year-old castle to show for it, while the famous White Cliffs stand over it all – a popular walking point for campers in the area. There are ample tent pitching options nearby, too, with the very best Dover campsites making it onto our shortlist.

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