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Notice: Fan Bay Deep Shelter - The tunnels are open everyday this week with spaces available to book in person, each day from 9:30am. Except Thursday 30th July, when the tunnels will be closed for an event.

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 can see reminders of this past at the newly opened Fan Bay Deep Shelter a complex of Second World War tunnels hidden within the chalk.


We're taking part in a nationwide coastal BioBlitz, our biggest ever wildlife survey. Join us for a series of interesting walks to see what plants, animals and insects live here. We've got wildlife experts on hand to help with identification, so you don't any special skills or knowledge. The event is also a great chance for families to get outdoors too.

  • Wednesday, 29 July, 10:00am - 4:30pm, free event.

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Take a tour into the White Cliffs of Dover

Take a tour into the White Cliffs of Dover

Take a guided tour of the forgotten Second World War tunnels at Fan Bay, which are now open for the very first time. Find out why the tunnels were built and how, 50 years after being abandoned they were re-discovered.


We've got loads of great volunteer opportunities available including underground tour guides at Fan Bay Deep Shelter or helping with our annual plant fair, so why not find out a bit more or come along to one of our open days?


Could you help us keep an eye on our animals? We're looking for local volunteers to help us to do daily visual checks on the animals in our care.

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?