Visiting Fan Bay Deep Shelter
Fan Bay Deep Shelter is now closed until further notice. Please see back here for updates about when we will be able to open again.
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This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please check our homepage for the most up to date information about visiting.
Experience the adventure of a hard hat, head torch lit tour of this incredible time capsule hidden beneath The White Cliffs of Dover.
Fan Bay Deep Shelter is a tunnel complex constructed in 1940/41 as accommodation for the gun battery above. Today this network of abandoned tunnels is virtually all that remains of these long forgotten defences.
You too can experience the incredible adventure underground. Take a journey into the past on a guided tour of the tunnels with one of our expert volunteers, peering into the darkness and back in time into a different world, hidden within the cliffs.
The tunnel tour also includes a chance to see two sound mirrors, First World War early acoustic warning devices, up close and find out more about them.
What you need to know
- Tickets for the tunnels tours are sold at the Fan Bay tunnel entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours leave every 30 minutes through the day with a maximum of 12 people on each tour. National Trust Members can visit for free, but must show a valid membership card at the tunnel entrance.
- Due to the remote location we are unable to accept payments by card.
- You can check the availablity of tunnel tickets by asking in the White Cliffs Visitor Centre, before walking to the tunnel entrance.
- The opening times of the tunnels varies through the year. Please check if the tunnels are open before your visit. You can check when we're open on our opening times page.
- We no longer have a strict minimum age limit of 12, there is now an advisory age of 8 years as we do not think the raw nature of the tunnels is suitable for under this age.
- It takes 45 minutes to walk to the tunnels, which are located 1 ½ miles from the White Cliffs Visitor Centre.
- The tunnels are only accessible by 125 steep steps to get into the shelter and back out again.
- All visitors must have sensible shoes or boots to visit the tunnels, sandals and heeled shoes are not suitable; access to the tunnels could be refused if footwear is unsuitable.
- There is no toilet or catering facilities at the tunnels. The nearest are located ½ mile (15 minute walk) away at the South Foreland Lighthouse.
Video: A visit to the tunnels
- The nearest parking is at the White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre. There is a parking charge of £5.00 per car (free for National Trust members). Please note the car park closes each day at 7pm.
- You don’t need to bring a torch as we will provide one but you will need to wear sensible footwear, access to the tunnels could be refused if footwear is unsuitable.
- Although the tunnels don’t feel confined you will be 70 feet underground and this may not be suitable for those who are claustrophobic.
- Please contact us should you need further information please check out our FAQs.