The other main roads, travelling west and east, are the A20 to Folkestone and thence to London and the A258 through Deal to Sandwich.

Haider told the BBC he had been on the road for nearly 24 hours with his wife and three children.

You can appreciate their beauty and enjoy their special appeal through the seasons by taking one of the dramatic cliff-top walks offering unrivalled views of the busy English Channel and the French coast.

The Port of Dover is also used by cruise ships. The old Dover Marine railway station building houses one passenger terminal, together with a car park. A second, purpose built, terminal is located further out along the pier.[12]

Hop on board one of the county’s glorious steam trains and explore the Garden of England from a whole new perspective.

The Romans build a lighthouse here to guide ships into the harbour, the base of the fleet patrolling the Channel.

The railway reached Dover from two directions: the South Eastern Railway's main line connected with Folkestone in 1844, and the London, Chatham and Dover Railway opened its line from Canterbury in 1861. Trains run from Dover Priory to London Charing Cross, London Victoria or London St Pancras International stations in London, and Ramsgate or Sandwich in Kent. Trains from Dover Priory are run by Southeastern (train operating company).

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Dover College, a public school was founded in 1871 by a group of local business men.[21]

Massive earth ramparts and ditches are constructed, which will provide the foundation for the medieval castle's curtain walls. Regular cross-Channel trading takes place.

The Napoleonic tunnels have a new role as naval and later combined services headquarters, where the Dunkirk evacuation is masterminded. Air attacks earn the area around Dover the nickname 'Hellfire Corner'.

Find out more about the history of Dover Castle

Independent stores continue to grow in Dover,[citation needed] but the main town centre of Dover remains in decline compared to other towns like Deal (Telegraph High Street of the Year 2013), Canterbury, Westwood Cross and Ashford who continue to take trade away from Dover.[citation needed]

The garrison of 20 remains loyal to Charles I. A daring merchant called Drake and 11 men scale the cliffs and take the castle for Parliament, with few shots fired.

Originally established in 1606, the principal activities of the Dover Harbour Board (DHB) are to administer and maintain the Port of Dover and its facilities and to develop resources to meet future demands.

Dover figured largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. It also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the French during the Napoleonic Wars; and against Germany during the Second World War. It was one of the Cinque Ports during medieval times.[citation needed]

Dover Leisure Centre on Townwall Street, is operated by Your Leisure, a not for profit charitable trust,[30] which caters for sports and includes a swimming pool.

England's most charismatic chunks of chalk, chic eateries, boutique sleep spots, history-rich ports and prime golf courses, make Dover a must-see stretch of the Kent coast.

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The UK officials remain on standby to help.

"We left Birmingham at 9am yesterday morning. My little one has just thrown up, he's been feeling car sick for the last couple of hours and he's just thrown up."

The delays persisted into Sunday as more travellers continued to head for Dover while the port was still dealing with Saturday's backlog.

The Duke of York's Royal Military School, England's only military boarding school for children of service personnel (co-ed ages 11–18), is also located in Dover, next to the former site of Connaught Barracks.

The castle's last gun batteries are scrapped.

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Join in for the annual Braderie in the lovely seaside town of Deal, nr Dover, and celebrate the nation's best craft, collectables, antiques and odds and ends.

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Dover Harbour, from the cliffs above.

A tram system operated in the town from 1897 to 1936.

The port said it had raised concerns over French staffing levels with the UK government earlier this week, which were then brought up with its French counterparts.

A 2013 study [3] suggested the name may come from an ancient word for 'double bank' referring to the shingle spit(s) that formed across the harbour entrance, for which a word dover is still used in the Isle of Wight. Subsequent name forms included Doverre;[4]

Police said the weekend's disruption was caused by the large volume of holiday traffic and increased checks at the border following recent terror attacks in France.

Sea fishing, from the beach, pier or out at sea, is carried out here.[33] The so-called Dover sole (solea solea) is found all over European waters.

National Express runs coaches from Dover to other towns in Kent including Canterbury, Folkestone, Ashford, Kent, Maidstone, Gillingham at Hempsted Valley shopping centre and Greenhithe at Bluewater Shopping Centre for Dartford to London including Bexleyheath, Eltham, Walworth, Canary Wharf, Elephant & Castle, The City (The City of London) and to Victoria Coach Station

Discover the family home Sir Winston Churchill. Explore the house, the range of memorabilia and try fresh produce from the garden.

Henrietta Maria, the teenage French princess, occupies the castle but is said to be 'poorly accommodated'. It is later refurbished by George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.

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"We got some bats and balls and played a spot of tennis over the central reservation. We made the best of it."