At arrival of the ferry you just wait on the upper deck until the doors are opened.
Thereafter you proceed via the walkway and go down to the shuttle bus.
The bus will stop at customs for a check and pick you up again to the drop off point at the ticket office.
Favorite thing: Departing ferry foot passengers are being picked up by a shuttle bus from the ticket office waiting room. From there there is a stop at the immigration office for a passport check (leave all your luggage at the bus) and a second stop for luggage inspection by customs. Final stop is at the foot passenger entrance building. Here you enter the building and go uo 2 floors and enter the ferry via a long walkway.
We enjoyed seeing the White Cliffs of Dover in August - September 2013. This is where we shoved off and then disembarked. The whole British Isles Cruise was spectacular. We had great weather with each port of call. It only rained on our two sea days.
Fondest memory: Having a drink in the lounge watching the White Cliffs of Dover out the window.
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent in South East England. Unfortunately we arrived there too late and couldn’t see the famous castle. On the back way it was also too late to see something in the dark.
The town is home of the Dover Calais ferry through the Port of Dover. The surrounding cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover and the narrow sea passage nearby – the Strait of Dover.
It is the narrowest part of the English Channel. The shortest distance across the strait is 34 km (21 mi).
How can we reach England from continental Europe?
I know three ways: by plane, by railway and by ferry.
When I planned my visit to England I choose the third way – by ferry.
This way seemed the most exciting for me because I wanted to see the white cliffs of Dover which form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliff face, which reaches up to 350 feet (110 m), owes its striking façade to its composition of chalk accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover.
The cliffs have great symbolic value in Britain.
You can watch my 1 min 49 sec Video White Cliffs of Dover out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
You can watch my photo of Dover on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 51° 6' 37.51" N 1° 23' 0.93" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio White Cliffs of Dover .
Dover Castle opens at 10am and closes at 6pm.
If you have read my tips and the website, you will realize there is a lot to see here.
We spent a lot of time, and saw a lot, but still missed out on quite a bit.
I suggest that you come here for the day, you really need this amount of time to see EVERYTHING the Castle has to offer.
Leaving Calais, on a fine sunny morning, and arriving in Dover, on a cold, wet, windy morning...
Tip......I would suggest leaving a sweater or cardigan out of your luggage. I hadn't, and I froze!
We were "foot passengers," so we went through the Arrivals Hall, and through passport control and customs.
Tip......Have your passport handy and out!
Tip.....Cost 1 euro or 1 pound, and is refundable when you return and clip in the trolley to another.
Toilets, Pay Phones & ATM Machines are here.
A good information centre for England.
Major hire car companies have desk's here.
Food outlets, so no need to starve or die of thirst.
Bus stop is by the building, so easy to reach Dover.
Our hire car company picked us up from the Terminal.
We went through the whole process very easily. I must admit, it wasn't busy, so it may be different in school or summer holidays.
We couldn't complain!
More information is available on their website.
We crossed the English Channel on a P & O Ferry. I chose this form of transport as it was cheaper and I thought we might see the white cliffs of Dover.
We sure did!
If you want to see them, then this is the way to go. We had great views of the cliffs from quite a way out. I took photo's through the windows, but you could go to a higher deck, and be blown away with the wind, and maybe get a better photo!
Favorite thing: I guess one of the most incredible things about the Port is that it has been built on top of the sea. You can tell when you look back at the Cliffs behind you that you are standing on artificial land, its pretty amazing. But unfortunately, has ruined the cliffs appeal to a large extent.
Dover was one of the original (five) Cinque ports that supplied shipping to the Navy and provided essential lines of cummunication and defense for this South East corner of England, probably from as far back 1229, when. The Cinque Ports Confederacy was necessary because this area was the closest point in the whole of England to France (about 26 miles -42km) and has been attacked by both shipping and airplanes.
For more information and history on Dover than I can give, click here
Fondest memory: Dover Castle, although there are other castles worth looking at around the area, Deal and Walmer Castle to name but two.
Favorite thing: If you don't fancy going for a walk to see the view across the English channel then go to the Roman Quay Pub for a pint with the landlord Gus. tell him you like rugby, drinking and documentaries and you will have found a friend for life...
Beware, the toilets at Dover railway station do not stay open till all hours. You may need to find a station staff person to unlock them for you.
Incidentally the Gents has an eerie blue lighting scheme.
Please don't hate me for asking stupid questions... but is that the English Channel in the distance? Oh well. I should have paid more attention in school.
In any case, check out THAT view.... as seen from Dover Castle, of course.
Favorite thing: There is a lot to see in Dover if you are not just passing through enroute to Europe like I was. In which case you see the road in, the port and the famous white cliffs as you sail across the channel (or the tunnel if you drive). But if you do have time, then there is Dover Caste, Abbey's and churches, the old Roman fort and great areas surrounding Dover.
Favorite thing: Dover is one of the most-visited towns in England largely due to millions of people who go there to cross the English Channel to France or Belgium which means all you really get to see is the Ferry terminal and of course the famous White Cliffs as you leave the shore behind.