Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Dover Castle

It was sad leaving Bertie and Honey behind as all too soon it was time to leave and move onto another adventure.  This time with Victoria and her little family.  We were heading for Disneyland Paris using the Euro tunnel from Ashford in Kent.  We drove down from Norwich and stayed overnight, giving us plenty of time to enjoy Dover Castle and its surroundings.

The drive up to it was magnificent as was the white cliffs of Dover which we took time to view.  There was so much more than we had anticipated and not enough time to do it all. 






There was a train that took you around the grounds and from one exhibition to another, made it so much easier for Gerard to get around.  There were actors within the castle and the courtyard bringing life as it as in medieval times to life.


A highlight for Gerard was the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queens Regiment Museum.  He loved talking to Wilbur and Hector about his time in the Army and looking at the exhibits together.







There are many displays videos and recordings which took us up to the Regiment's most recent operations in support of the UN and NATO in Iraq and Afghanistan

Another highlight was a stroll around the Church St Mary-in-Castro which for centuries was the Garrison Church for the Dover and then later Dover/Shorncliffe Garrisons with military padres leading services.  The church remained active with daily services right through the battle of Britain which was fought overhead.








Although now part of the Diocese of Canterbury the military ethos remains with regular services attended by veterans groups and as repository of many memorials from units and individuals who served in the area.  It is legally an "Extra-Parochial Place" as the church pre-dates the parish system and the castle was variously a Royal or Military place.

Although a beautiful day there was a lot of wind which made it fun for rolling down some of the banks and flying a kite.



Finally, the views were spectacular you could see for miles around.








As always I thank you for your visit and for your uplifting comments.

See you soon.

47 comments:

  1. such a beautiful place to visit! I would never have experienced this without your post, I thank you for that!!

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  2. Ditto to the above comment. Great post.

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  3. I love places like this, full of history and so beautiful ☺

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  4. thank you for letting me tag along. The church is beautiful inside.The countryside stunning.

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  5. A wonderful, historic area. It all looks quintessentially British and I am sure you had a fine time exploring. You are lucky to be able to visit mainland Europe so easily.

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  6. Wow what a wonderful post we dont have castle's in Australia and i find them so full of history,thankyou for sharing your pics with us,what amazing places you got to see xx

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  7. I've been close to but never visited Dover Castle. It certainly is a most wonderful historic area.

    I have once again enjoyed seeing all of your photographs, and those stained glass windows look amazing.

    All the best Jan

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  8. Thanks for sharing this beautiful castle. The view is stunning.

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  9. Oh how lovely Dover Castle is! You had glorious weather I see. And the beautiful interior of St. Mary in Castro with the stained glass windows is quite interesting. You and Gerard have had a glorious holiday with the grands!

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  10. What a wonderful day from the weather to the scenery to the company!

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  11. I so wanted to visit Dover when we were in the UK but our tour didn't go there. Glad I got to see a bit of it through your photos.

    God bless.

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  12. Oh that castle is amazing and how great that there's a train that can take people around who otherwise would have difficulty. Or who are just plain tired.
    I can imagine one could easily spend days exploring it. The church is also lovely with the stained glass windows. So glad you had sunny weather.

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  13. Thank you so much for taking us with you on the visit to the museum and St. Mary in Castro. Dennis, with his military history, found the museum photos very interesting while I loved the church. The beautiful interior is stunningly done. When I think of the buildings that were made centuries ago without the use of modern machinery, the craftsmanship amazes me. Now, at least here in the U.S. they build buildings that are either torn down or fall apart a scant number of years later. Very sad.
    I remember taking a ferry from England to France from Dover and seeing the white cliffs disappear behind us. The water was terribly rough that day and almost all of the passengers were ill on the crossing. Thankfully, somehow Dennis and I remained fine as could be.
    I'm looking forward to reading about the next leg of your holiday.
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  14. What a lovely spot, so much to see and do with wonderful views. It was excellent that they had a train too, a great idea for young and old.

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  15. What a wonderful visit, I've enjoyed your photos as I've never been to Dover Castle and have only ever passed through the pace on the way to the ferry. So much to see and do, it's good that you had the time to explore before setting off on your adventure.

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  16. I made it once to Dover but only to take a bus to Canterburry ! You had apparently wonderful holidays with your family !!

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  17. It looks like you had a wonderful day out. It's been a long time since we last went to Dover. That's a good way of making your holiday last longer too! Enjoy EuroDisney. Best, Jane x

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  18. It was very interesting to see photos and read about your visit to Dover Castle. I visited it when I was very young, back in 1973. At that time there was no exhibitions, and no actors to bring it to life. But also to walk around and explore the castle was a great experience. It would have been nice to visit it again!

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  19. Wow that was a fun virtural tour. Beautiful!

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  20. gorgeous views!! I'll put this one on my virtual bucket list :) If and when we travel abroad.

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  21. Dover Castle sounds like a very interesting place to tour. It's always fun when there are actors to bring it to life.

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  22. Looks like a very fun adventure!

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  23. What a wonderful castle. I have been to Dover loads of times but usually just to get on or off the ferry. It would be nice to have time to look around.

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  24. So much history in that castle - if walls could talk.

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  25. I'm glad you're getting to spend lots of quality time with your grandkids. They are going to have wonderful memories of you both. Have fun at Disneyland! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  26. It's an area I've never visited, other than to take the Ferry, it looks great.

    It's not really a British holiday until you've been to a castle!

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  27. Thank you for the lovely tour . . . I do my traveling through blogging . . . it fits my budget, LOL.

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  28. I've never been to Dover Castle but that looks like a really good day out. x

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  29. Wow, that's gorgeous! The kite flying looks like so much fun.

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  30. Thanks Lorraine, for the tour in words and photos. It’s great to see placed I may or not ever visit in person and the views were wonderful, I agree.

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  31. Very impressive and interesting castle. A lovely place to explore and to fly kites.

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  32. Wow!! What history! Love all the architecture and information. What fun photos of the little ones running down the hill and flying their kites! You always have such great adventures with friends and family. Thank you for sharing with us. xo

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  33. Amazing photos!! Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for stopping by!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  34. Thanks for the photos of the beautiful castle and church!

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  35. What a wonderful view. The Dover castle looks so beautiful.

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