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Magnificent coastal site overlooking the English Channel

These high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast.

The best way to see the cliffs is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects like the chalkhill blue butterfly and the pyramidal orchid.

The cliffs also have a special place in our national history and they were used for defence in both World Wars. You’ll see reminders of this past all along the cliffs from the slit trenches dug by soldiers to the concrete remains of the range finding station.

Great British Walk

Join our volunteer guide for an informative and interesting Great British Walk to South Foreland Lighthouse, taking in the hidden history on the way.

  • 10 October. Meet at the White Cliffs visitor centre, 11am. Free event, no booking is needed.

Enjoy a Great British Walk on the cliffs

Take a walk along the famous White Cliffs of Dover as part of the Great British Walk. We've made a walking guide to show you some of the things that you can see while you're out and about. Why not share your pictures with us on our Facebook page?

Find us on Facebook

We're now on Facebook, so for all the latest updates about the White Cliffs plus loads of lovely pictures why not see our page?

Gifts galore

Why not pop into our shop for some great gift ideas? We've loads of lovely things to tempt you from picnic sets and jams to rugs and fleeces.

Going underground

We're working to uncover a Second World War underground shelter within the cliffs. Find out more about the project and the work we are doing to get ready to open to the public in 2015.