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Address: Snargate Street, Dover, England
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A must visit...and even more-so with others!!

Open for only a few days of the year :( I already knew about this place...and on 'going down' I had to do a 'Double Take'!!! The race back to the top with someone else on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
Darren W
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Canterbury
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Canterbury
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Open for only a few days of the year :( I already knew about this place...and on 'going down' I had to do a 'Double Take'!!! The race back to the top with someone else on one of the other spirals is definitely 'a bit of a larff'!! What's wrong with Britain that this amazingly Historic space is not open... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

A really interesting piece of history and a feat of engineering. I'm pleased we stopped here, although check opening times as it appears to be closed a lot

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Great bit of engineering three spiral stair cases, nothing to do with wives, officers anything else like that, it's just toget lots of troops down quickly to the harbour and off to war against old Fenchy. Had a good talk about it with the guys on the only day open in March. Opens on the last Sunday each month, not... More 

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Thank PHIL A
Dover, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 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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16 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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Kent UK
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Dover, United Kingdom
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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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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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