Gateway to the continent and far more besides, the White Cliffs Country of Dover is known as the place the country meets the coast and history collides with beauty. The history of Dover is among the richest and most important of any town in the UK, while general recreation and relaxation opportunities are second to none.
A land of hidden gems, Dover has reputation for being a premier destination of choice for lovers of the great outdoors. There is literally nowhere else in the world you can take in impressive chalk grasslands, leafy paths and ancient cliff-top woodlands with the UK on one side and the coast of continental Europe on the other!
The sea is still crucial to the continued economic success of Dover, and shipping and transport are the largest commercial enterprises in the town. The Port of Dover overlooks one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and is a major employer. Other businesses, particularly freight and transport businesses, are also key employers in Dover, thanks to its outstanding transport links to the rest of Europe.
Today's Dover also serves up ample options for those preferring to remain a little more urban, with several important World War II museums and the imposing Dover Castle remaining unmissable sights. Several other historic towns including Sandwich are also within easy reach, offering further insights into the unique history of a fiercely proud British region. Meanwhile, sports lovers can visit an excellent leisure centre, try a spot of beach fishing or, for the truly hardy, swim across the Channel!
The historical feel of Dover is reflected in its retail opportunities, which range from the most modern of chains to pre WWII family businesses and an endless array of market stalls. This is furthered by the food and drink amenities, which again range from traditional pubs in century-old buildings right through to elegant fine-dining options.
And with the coast of France lying only 45 minutes away by fast ferry or even quicker via the Tunnel, there's no reason not to consider taking things overseas for a day or two!