Now on to Dover! We chose to start with the Dover Castle, built in the 1180’s by Henry II, on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.
We arrived on World War II weekend with a 1940 display of WWII encampments and displays.
Henry II’s Great Tower
Bread bakery above and wine casks below!
Henry II’s grand throne and I was “Queen” for at least 20 seconds!! LOL!!
The mechanisms for drawing water into the castle.
The King’s chambers and crown
The Royal Chapel
The dining hall above and a galley slave, below!! LOL!
The Dover Castle also has 26 meters of Wartime Tunnels underneath the castle, including a hospital. The tunnels were used in the Rescue and evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in May 1940 and WWII protection of England from the advancing Germans from France.
Leaving Dover Castle, we walked to the Cliffs of Dover. Below are some of the coastal areas.
Great views from the cliffs! They are over 5 miles long and yes, we thought we saw a piece of France on the other side of the English Channel! The cliffs are composed of chalk and accentuated with streaks of black flint. Quite impressive!
Very enjoyable day and learned a lot of history!!