Allow for at least three hours to make the most of your visit. I would recommend parking at the National Trust visitors centre a few minutes out of Dover (free to NT members) and then walking along the cliff to the Lighthouse itself. There are several paths one can use and also a downloadable map available from their website although this is not really necessary if one keeps on heading in the general direction of the Lighthouse which becomes visible after a short time. Attaining a reasonable walking pace one can arrive at the Lighthouse in approx 30 minutes - a little longer if you want to stop and take photographs etc of Dover Harbour.
We found the volunteer staff to be both enthusiastic (important in our view) and knowledgeable in the history and functions of the Lighthouse itself. To make this a truly nostalgic visit if one considers the important role this Lighthouse and other nearby properties etc played in WW2 then a cup of tea, a muffin also maybe or even a plate of hot stew from Mrs Knotts tearooms (part of the Lighthouse complex) is to be highly recommended - a real throwback to another era.
Whilst I have ticked yes to the question 'is there a fee for this attraction' the answer should really be yes and no because of course the attraction is free to NT members.
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