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The Grand Shaft

Snargate Street, Dover, England
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Ranked #17 of 26 Attractions in Dover
Type: Military Museums
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- Oct 18, 2014
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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Dover, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the most amazing feats of engineering. A triple helix staircase dropping down 120 feet through the chalk to the old wharf's Not to be missed.

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Sunland, California, U.S.A.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Peter, my taxi driver from Heathrow to Dover, mentioned that the building doesn't look very imposing from the outside; however, it is really darling inside, filled with antiques and beautifully restored by Alex and his Mom & Dad, Betty and Alistair. "THE CHURCHILL HOUSE is a Grade II listed Georgian period townhouse which was built in around the year 1834,... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visited this after seeing it on The One Show. We were not disappointed. Such an amazing feat of engineering and what an idea - to get as many soldiers as possible down to the sea via 3 helical staircases. Amazing! Shame there wasn't a proper café at the bottom though - to prepare for the journey back up!

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Took the kids to see the grand shaft and was surprised to find lots of reinactment going on with soldiers and others from Napoleonic, WW1 and WW2 times. Parked down at the harbour and went up the shaft to the fort.The Grand shaft is worth a visit on its own, truly unique and great fun racing the kids on different... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Only open a couple of weekends a year, but worth a visit for it's sheer ingenuity of construction. My older children loved it (some moaning on the way up!!) but much laughter trying to spot each other in the different staircases on the way down!

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Dover, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Brilliant place, only a few open days a year however. Great place to go but I can imagine only when staffed. It needs money invested in it. Be aware there are no facilities because of no council? help.

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Kent, United Kngdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited this place and were just blown away. Imagine 3 contra running spiral staircases each running 120 degrees away from the other other and you have a triple staircase as used in Napoleonic times to transfer munitions from top to bottom of the cliff Truly amazing ingenuity. Well worth a visit

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Dover, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'm sure you won't find a staircase like this - anywhere. It really amazes me how imaginative and resourceful people were 200 years ago. Check out WHPS for next opening - it's worthwhile!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

For such a well known local monument, it seems incredibly undervalued and under preserved. Other than two plaques outside there is little information about the history of the Grand Shaft. The surrounding area is covered with litter and graffiti and a breeding ground for many of Dover's drug addicts. The place is understaffed, every time I have made the long... More

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