DOVER CASTLE, a defended site, high up on The White Cliffs, from the Iron Age up to World War Two, DOVER TOWN MUSEUM and the ROMAN PAINTED HOUSE.
Programme for the day:
7.30am: Pick up point in St. Mary’s Square, Hitchin
7.45am: Pick up point outside Letchworth Library, Broadway, Letchworth
10.00am: Arrive Dover Castle, at Constable’s Gate
10.00am – 4.00pm: Self guided visit of the Castle site of 80 acres:-
The Outer Bailey with the Roman Pharos of AD 50 and the Saxon church, St. Mary de Castro
The Inner Bailey with Henry 2nd’s Great Tower and its six newly refurbished medieval ‘Royal Rooms’, and, up a spiral staircase, a marvellous view across the town and out to sea
On the cliffs: The World War Two Secret Tunnels with two exhibition areas: ‘Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk’ and the ‘Underground Hospital’
On the Castle walls: Walks along the Battlements, with views across The English Channel
DOVER TOWN MUSEUM in Market Square to see the Bronze Age Boat, the oldest known sea-going vessel, on display in the 2nd floor gallery; free entry.
The ROMAN PAINTED HOUSE of c.AD 200, in New Street: adults 3.00, concessions 2.00.
4.00pm: Depart Dover Castle, from Constable’s Gate
6.15pm: Drop off point outside Letchworth Library, Broadway, Letchworth
6.30pm: Drop off point in St. Mary’s Square, Hitchin
The Castle is an outdoor site on a hill, with some steep slopes on its tarmac paths. The chalk Tunnels can be chilly! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. A ‘Land Train’, with two covered carriages, regularly circulates around the site, and one can hop on and off, for free!
The Castle entry price includes admission to the tours of The Secret Tunnels: 60 mins. for Operation Dynamo, and 20 mins. for the Underground Hospital. Entry is on a ‘1st come, 1st served’ free flow basis.
Refreshments are available at 3 locations on the Castle site: the NAAFI Restaurant, the Great Tower Café, and the Tunnels Tea Room. To save time and money, we advise you to bring a picnic lunch!
Our coach will have a toilet on board.
SOCIETY FINANCES: Your Committee would very much like to fill all the 33 seats on the coach, and thus earn some income for the Society. We do urge all members to come! Non- members are welcome to come too, thus, please do ask your family, friends, and neighbours to join us!
Download the booking form (PDF format): NHAS7