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Dover Priory Station
Dover Priory Train Station is located about a five minute walk from Dover town centre. It opened on the 22nd July 1861 and now handles around a million passengers a year. All of the trains here are operated by Southeastern Facilities include a cafe where hot and cold food and drinks are served and public toilets. There are two platforms within Dover Priory Station and there is a ticket office located just inside the entrance.
Dover Transport Museum
At Dover Transport Museum, visitors can see road vehicles of all different types. Items on display include Kent Coalfield items. Within the museum there is a maritime room, bygone shops and a 1930's garage. The museum is open from Easter until the end of September. The admission charges are: Adults - £3.00 Children - £1.50 Concessions - £2.50 Family tickets are also available for £7.00
Connaught Park is the first park to ever be built in Dover and is located across the road from Dover Castle. The park consists of landscaped gardens and concrete walkways which are suitable for disabled persons. The top half of the park has a number of small paths which lead around the park and provide excellent views across Dover. At the bottom half of the park there is a lake with a fountain in the middle. There is also an aviary which holds budgies, quail, finches and cockatiels. Concrete and grass tennis courts are available for visitors to use at a cost of £3.60 for adults and £1.30 for children. There is also a large children's play area in the lower section of the park. Admission is free and this attraction is open 7 days a week. .
Kearsney Abbey Gardens
Kearsney Abbey Gardens is dominated by the large lake which is set in the centre of the gardens. Visitors can take a walk through the woodland and around the park, where many animals such as ducks, swans, moor hens and geese can be seen. Toilet facilities are available, as well as two good sized car parks (which are free). There is also a children's play area and a cafe which sells ice creams, tea and coffee and snacks. Onsite facilities also include a BBQ / Picnic area where visitors can enjoy the surroundings of the gardens.
Like its near neighbours Deal, Camber and the now vanished Sandown castles, Walmer was built in the 1530s by Henry VIII who was expecting an invasion from the continent. It shares the distinctive clover-leaf shape which helped defend against canon balls and provided gun platforms for return fire. Defence remained important along the south coast over the centuries, and Walmer was regularly garrisoned. It owes it excellent state of repair today, however, to its becoming the official residence of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports in 1706. Famous holders of this honorary post include the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. Wellington died here, and there is a display of his personal items. Lord Wardens over the years furnished the official rooms many of which can be visited. They also had extensive gardens laid out, notable for their yew hedges and herbaceous borders. The Queen Mother's garden was created during her tenure and is particularly attractive. The castle is run by English Heritage. Opening hours vary through the year and details are available on the website, as are access facilities for the disabled. Allow about 2 hours for the visit, which is self-guided with an audio guide included in the entrance price. Refreshments and a shop are also on site.
White Cliffs of Dover
White Cliffs of Dover are one of the most famous landmarks of Britain and they have been greeting visitors arriving in Dover since Roman times. National Trust (charity dedicated to protecting natural and historical heritage of England) own part of the site and help manage the privately owned sections. White Cliffs are not only a landmark but also site of special scientific interest, with rare animals and plants typical for chalky clifftop soil. The site provides good walking, spectacular views across the Channel and along the cliffs. The Visitors Centre contains shop, cafe, toilets, information panels and extensive parking. Entrance is free but there is a 1.50 GBP charge for car parking. Public transport is available to the Dover Eastern Docks and then a 10 minutes steep walk up to the cliffs.