What to expect from your visit

Here is a summary of what is open at the moment, to help you plan your visit to the cliffs.

Updated 31/07/2022

Car parking

The car park is open as usual and there is no need to pre-book tickets. Please pay for you parking at the parking booth as usual when it is open. We would perfer card payments at the moment, so please have your membership card or credit/debit card ready when you arrive.

If you arrive when the car parking booth is closed, you can pay for your parking using the Pay by Phone app our location code is 803459 for cars and 803461 for mobile homes. Parking is valid for the rest of the day from when you pay. Please remember the car park closes each day at 7pm.

White Cliffs Visitor Centre Café & Shop

The cafe & shop is open 10-5pm every day

We are serving a selection of home-made cakes and pasteries, hot food such as jacket potatoes, sausage rolls and soups as well as sandwiches and ice cream. 


We have a wonderful selection of locally themed items and National Trust favourites.


The toilets will remain open each day 9:30am - 7pm

South Foreland Lighthouse

Mrs Knotts tearoom at South Foreland Lighthouse is open every day, 11-5pm until the end of  September.

The lighthouse tower is also open Friday to Mondays, plus every day in local school holidays. You don't need to pre-book to visit the lighthouse. 

We have lots of great things for families to do at South Foreland each day - you can find out more about visiting with your family here

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

The tunnels are now open Friday to Monday each week. The first tour leaves the tunnel entrance at 11am. You can find out more about visiting the tunnels here 

Please remember that we can only take cash payments for tours at the tunnel entrance, members are admitted free, but need to show a valid membership card.

Other things to note 


We are pleased to confirm that our coach park is now open. Normal parking charges will apply. 


We welcome and encourage cyclists in the car parks, we have cycle racks near the visitor centre which you can use. Please remember that cycling on the cliff paths isn’t allowed as they are only designated as footpaths and cycling contributes to cliff path erosion.

Keeping safe while walking

In most places the cliff edges are unfenced. Please keep safe by keeping back from the edge at all times and keeping dogs on a lead.

Fire and Barbeques

Fires, barbeques and camping stoves are banned anywhere on site because of the high fire risk and the damage they cause to the landscape.

Camping and overnight stays

Camping anywhere onsite is prohibited. Campervans are welcome during the day but cannot stay past the car park closing time time of 7pm.


Drone are strictly prohibited anywhere on National Trust land but additionally because of the proximity to the Port of Dover there is a controlled zone air space zone in place. Please see the Port of Dover’s website for more information.

If you need more information please call the main office on 01304 207326 or email us