Dover is an easy day trip from London and well worth the train ride. We caught the 10:10 train from St Pancras and made it to the Dover Priory station by 11:15. The taxi from the train station to the White Cliffs of Dover Visitors Center cost £7 and took 15 minutes. We ate lunch then headed out for a hike around the area. The visitors brochure listed the Top Five Things to Do while in Dover:
- Watch the hustle and bustle of the World’s busiest passenger port ~ check
- Enjoy a gentle stroll along the famous White Cliffs of Dover ~ check
- Catch a glimpse of France on a clear day ~ sadly, despite the warm temps and sunshine it was too misty to see France across the channel
- Experience a wonder of Victorian engineering at the South Foreland Lighthouse ~ check
- Discover the rare plants and insects that make the cliff top their home ~ don’t think they’re rare, but I loved the poppy fields
White Cliffs of Dover
The cliffs are gorgeous and we lucked out with a sunny and warm day to enjoy a two mile hike to the South Foreland Lighthouse.
The pathways are marked with the purple or pink trail signs. We had no problem finding our way but I can imagine on a heavily misty day, it might be difficult to know where you’re going.
The South Foreland Lighthouse was built in 1843 and guided boats safely around the dangerous Goodwin Sands. It also claims to be the first lighthouse to use electric light.
Looking over the White Cliffs of Dover
As always, we love exploring the English countryside…