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Address: Snargate Street, Dover, England
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Visited the Grand Shaft ,on a Heritage open weekend. Although I was aware it existed, I have never seen it before. It is a set of three staircases which start together at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
Usansay
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Dover, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit Dover you simply must go for a wander around this fort! So many places to explore and if you are lucky you'll happen upon a rare open day run by the Western Heights Preservation Society. Google them to get the next date!

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Thank Lyndsay12354
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

A unique piece of Dover's history, one we've been intending to visit for some time. If you aren't fit we would suggest you start at the top, but otherwise start at the bottom and experience the climb, it makes the downward journey even more enjoyable. :)

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Thank Tony P
Kent UK
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

A unique remnant from the long military history of Dover Looked after and opened on the third Sunday of the month from March to November , special events and group tours by the volunteers of the Western Heights Preservation Society

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Thank PaulKent123
Dover, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A lot of steps to go down. Go down instead of up!! A very interesting structure. Only open at certain times. But definitely worth a trip. Not suitable for small children or people with mobility needs due to many concrete steps. But just standing at the bottom and looking up is worth it for those unable to climb. Accessible from... More 

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Thank Tamar B
Sheerness, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Had driven past this hundreds of times decided to visit it with a few friends and i was well impressed ,a little gem hidden away just for the fun of it i have returned and done all three staircases. In fact i was so impressed it convinced me to join a group helping to keep it open

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Thank BobR16
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We done the Western Height tour then walked down to the shaft. This is amazing, and easy to imagine all the troops stamping down those steps. We went down one set of steps and walked up another. Well worth a visit and it's free. Have to check to see when it's open. We loved it.

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Thank Terri W
Kent, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Visited the Grand Shaft ,on a Heritage open weekend. Although I was aware it existed, I have never seen it before. It is a set of three staircases which start together at the bottom of a cylindrical building go between the two cylinders using separate routes and then end at the top together. The used of the steps changed over... More 

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1 Thank Usansay
Rochester
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58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visited in April 2015 on one of the open days as I have always wanted to see inside. It is a nice climb but it is certainly worth the effort and make so much sense to visit St Martin's Battery and have a wander around the Western Heights, shame the Redoubt Fort wasn't open on the same day.

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kent
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

an interesting structure set back from the road and not often noticed. the foot is opposite the old docks and the head is on the cliff top near the barracks as were. the construction allows a huge amount of solders to split from column and march down using a selection of intertwined staircases and then reform at the bottom in... More 

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Thank rolandKent
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This wonderful feat of engineering consists of basically two staircases one inside the other going up to the Western Heights; the reason why there are two staircases is so the Officers and their Wives can use the Staircase without seeing or meeting the rough and smelly soldiers on the way up or down, can you imagine this happening today, but... More 

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