British Culture

Why visit Rochester and Dover Castle in one day

If you love literature and history, you’ll fall in love with this inspiring tour of Rochester and Dover Castle, a wonderful day trip from London in which you’ll discover the world of Charles Dickens and medieval fortresses.

Here are five reasons to visit Rochester and Dover Castle in one day.

Discover Rochester Town

With picturesque streets and historic landmarks, Rochester was the backdrop for some of Charles Dickens’s most beloved tales. As you wander Rochester town, you’ll be transported to the pages of “Great Expectations” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

See Rochester Castle ruins

Overlooking Rochester, Rochester Castle is a true medieval gem. Built in the 1080s by the Bishop of Rochester, it was one of the earliest buildings in England. The castle survived three sieges, including the assault by King John in 1215, when one corner of the keep was destroyed.

Although it was a royal stronghold in the late Middle Ages, it fell to ruin in the 17th century and is still a strong symbol of medieval power. Step inside its ruins and climb the steep steps to the top (only if you feel like it) for breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Catch the best photo of Rochester Cathedral

Dominating the city of Rochester and just steps away from the Castle, Rochester Cathedral impresses with its Gothic architecture. If you make it to the top of the castle, you’ll catch beautiful glimpses of the Cathedral from up there. But if you don’t, you can still approach the Cathedral and admire its details.

Visit Dover Castle and the White Cliffs

Your journey doesn’t stop here as you’ll drive to Dover Castle, an iconic symbol of England’s strength. Built after 1066 and perched on the White Cliffs, Dover Castle also endured epic sieges. During World War II, it again became a fortress of defence. The tunnels beneath the castle cliffs became the nerve centre for orchestrating the miraculous Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 during the Second World War. 

Delve into Dover’s war history

Dover Castle played a pivotal part in World War II, especially underground, as its hidden tunnels facilitated the Dunkirk evacuation. Also known as Operation Dynamo, the operation evacuated more than 338,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between 26 May and 4 June 1940. Follow in the footsteps of brave soldiers and relive the sacrifices made during Britain’s darkest hours.

Whether you read Charles Dickens’s timeless tales or are eager to uncover England’s past, prepare for a day rich in discovery. Treat your family to one of our insightful day tours from London!