Blakes of Dover
52 Castle Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PJ, United Kingdom
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Entrance to tunnels and small shop
View on Dover
castle chapel. thomas becket preached here
Dover to Southern Brittany
We will be coming off a NCL cruise ship in Dover and then want to travel to Quimper in Southern Brittany to get to a Keycamp site near Benodet. We assume the easiest way is to catch a ferry over to Calais and then catch a train from Calais. We are from New Zealand and haven't traveled round the UK or France before, so any advice would be appreciated.
Re: Dover to Southern Brittany
You can get a ferry with either P&O
or Seafrance: http://www.seafrance.com/seafrance/opencms/uk/en/passenger/
From 12GBP one-way, takes around 75/90 minutes. It's worth booking in advance online, even as a foot passenger, just to make sure you get the ferry at the tiome you want (there are plenty of sailings per day).
www.sncf.com will give you times and fares for the onward rail journey.
You cannot get a direct train from Calais to Quimper (according to SNCF): you have to go into Paris and change. This is quite a lengthy process (because of the connnections, and because Paris>Quimper takes 4 hours) and involves changing stations in Paris itself.
Therefore you might consider taking the train all the way to Paris from either London St Pancras or, possibly, Ebbsfleet or Ashford it the train connections from Dover work well (see nationalrail site linked below). You will then have to change stations for the train to Quimper. The cheapest Eurostar options are booked well in advance (the 'window' is open 120 days before departure). www.eurostar.com
You might also consider purchasing the Paris>Quimper tickets online, to save youselves additional hassle.
You have both train and coach options from Dover to London: www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.nationalexpress.com for times and fares. Coach is cheaper but takes longer.
I'm assuming you won't be making this journey before next Spring at the earliest. Times and fares for those dates will not yet be in the relevant databases, but neither are likely to change much so you can draw up your basic plans.
Travel Tips for Dover
Who says Dover, says White Cliffs
As entrancegate to Great Brittain, over also holds the most looked at white cliffs in England. It is remarkable how the island raises out of the oceans waters into the blue (mostly rainy or at least cloudy) sky.
If entering the Unitd Kingdom by Dover, try to be a couple of hours early and take a walk along the amazing chalkrock-formations. It will include many great view over the waters of the Channel. Call me sentimental: again the Hovercraft.
After a good night's rest at the local hostel I set off for the ferry docks and Mainland Europe. It was early, cold and rainy; the perfect time for homesickness and frustration to set it. But I was not alone! The sight of local children heading off to school, trying their best to enjoy themselves minutes before the routine of the day and a stiff chair sapped their energy, lifted my spirits and was charming enough to ensure that the next time I visit England, Dover will be getting more than just an overnight visit.
Rye is a picturesque town...
Rye is a picturesque town just outside of the county of Kent, in East Sussex.Originally a seaport, Rye became a full member of the Cinque Ports in about 1350. From the 15th century the port began its steady decline as silting of the river estuary proceeded. The sea is now 2 miles from the town. The town walls were constructed during the reign of Edward III ( 1327-77) but of the three original 14th century entrance gates, only the Land Gate remains, together with the earlier (12th century) Ypres Tower.
Rye is situated on a hill overlooking the River Rother. It is a pretty town, with cobbled streets and many timber-framed and Georgian houses. Of special interest to the traveller is the Mermaid Inn built in 1420. The photo here is one of a number of old windmills, some of which, like this one, have been carefully restored. I believe there are at least 4 windmills hereabouts. The black and white photo is of Rye about 60 years ago, but if you walked up this street today, nothing much will have altered - except perhaps the period pram!
Go on, mention the war
You can't really avoid wars, particularly the 1938-45 brouhaha, in Dover. The town has always been of great strategic significance and reminders of Our Island Story are omnipresent, from the castle down to tea-towels celebrating the largely lamentable collection of aircraft the RAF entered WW2 with. (the Fairey Battle, indeed)
The photograph shown the scorecard for one of the huge German railway guns which bombarded Dover, creating the opportunity to build many of the much-loathed landmarks in the Dover of today. It's on the promenade.
Depends on how you are travelling, but suitcases or rucksacks are fine, but we dont have a lot of porters anymore and you will be expected to carry your own stuff. Airports have luggage carriers though :-) Dover can vary in temprature but in Summer tops and shorts are fine in winter good warm clothing. BUT!! no matter what time of year, keep you eye on the weather forcasts and get an Umbrella, :-) it can appear even on a nice sunny day. Just use good common sense and you cant go far wrong. You can buy everything you need in Dover, but make sure you have enough prescriprion drugs with you to last, if you do not belong to the EU as Medical costs are high and a lot of meds cant be bought over the counter, if you are not sure go to
they have a lot of info there. Dover can deal with any of your Photographic needs it may be a little more expensive than the US and Canada though.