5 places to see the White Cliffs of Dover
Ah, The White Cliffs of Dover. You know the ones we’re talking about, right? The iconic natural landmark that greets you when you arrive across the Channel from France? Featured in more than a handful of award-winning films? Hash-tagged on Insta over 37,000 times (and counting…)? Oh and there’s even a song about them. Yeah, those are the White Cliffs we’re talking about. They’re kind of a big deal…
Now, the thing is, when you're perched right at the top of them, it can be pretty tricky to get the perfect photo that really encapsulates the size and scale of this striking chalk face (believe us, we've tried!) So where can you see the White Cliffs of Dover? Ask no more as we've rounded up our top five alternative viewpoints for these iconic cliffs. Your Instagram feed can thank us later!
Drink in those spectacular views of The White Cliffs with a refreshing pint in hand at this perfectly positioned sea-front pub. "Britain’s nearest pub to France", the Coastguard has kept watch of the waves for more than 300 years. Tucked away at the feet of the cliffs in St Margaret's Bay, this nautical themed spot offers a warm welcome to all who come aboard. Aye aye, Captain.
Whilst our next suggestion is the very definition of sea views, there's no need to fear. You needn't don your wetsuit or brave the cold waters just yet. Step onboard one of over 20 daily P&O ferry crossings from Calais and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing journey to Kent, arriving in just 90 minutes. There's positively no need to set your camera to panoramic, you'll have the perfect view of this iconic landmark as you cruise elegantly into shore. Sail away with me.
Who says you need to be outside the cliffs to catch a good view? Delve deep within the chalk face to witness the drama of these eerie, winding medieval tunnels. Today, visitors can experience the sights and smells of the underground hospital and join a brilliant immersive tour revealing the story of Operation Dynamo, masterminded in the tunnels to rescue stranded troops from Dunkirk. No need to keep this photo spot a secret.
With breathtaking views of the White Cliffs and undisturbed views of the English Channel, The Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa's location is pretty unrivalled. Spend a long weekend exploring the local hotspots before enjoying a good night's rest, or simply pop in and indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea whilst gazing wistfully out to sea. Room with a view.
Stretching out to the west of Dover Harbour this long stretch of shingle is cited as a bit of a hotspot with swimming enthusiasts. In fact, swimming the Channel from Shakespeare Beach is the shortest distance between the UK and France! Whilst a little further afield than the rest of our viewpoint suggestions, we just couldn't leave this gem out! Walking enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful beach, catching glimpses of impressive chalk face from the nearby Shakespeare Cliff along the way. Swim, stroll and snap.