The Grand Shaft

The Grand Shaft, Dover

The Grand Shaft
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James Macleod
Folkestone, UK3 contributions
Closed - Read Website
Oct 2020 • Couples
Failed to take the steps of the Grand shaft maybe try again in the near future 😉😂

Read the website to understand that they open on the 3rd Sunday of the month during April - November
Written October 28, 2020
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Donsafe
Canterbury, UK1,029 contributions
Unfortunately Closed in Winter!
Feb 2020
Unfortunately when we came, the steps were closed so we will have to return. But the walk around the surrounding area was a delight.
Dover gets neglected as a tourist destination as well as by locals. It has far more to offer than people realise. We spent a wonderful day here in February. Really well worth the visit for people of all ages and plenty on offer in the rest of Dover.
Written March 6, 2020
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Fernleigh
Margate, UK7 contributions
One way to keep fit!
Sep 2019 • Couples
Great triple spiral staircase in the cliffs. Descending the stairs was much easier than coming back up them! Well worth the effort though. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. We visited this along with the nearby Fort which makes a great day out.
Written November 19, 2019
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Hatfield_visitor
Borehamwood, UK370 contributions
Need to be fit!
Sep 2019
Not visited for a while. As part of a visit to the Western Heights (Redoubt, North Entrance, Citadel) visited the Grand Shaft. Great walk down to the bottom.... bit harder climbing back up all those stairs. Great place to visit. Thanks to volunteers for opening and maintaining all of these sites on the Western Heights
Written September 22, 2019
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Ms D
Kent, UK281 contributions
A nice historic place
Sep 2019 • Couples
We visited this place and was pleased to read about the history. It’s worth the visit on a nice day (free entry) About 130 steps to climb. At the top it’s a nice walk to see the Western Heights.
Written September 15, 2019
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957Jane
Dover21 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2019 • Friends
The Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft in Dover is only open a few weekends a year during the summer but is well worth visiting. Closed in winter owing to protected bats taking up residence at this time it is worth keeping an eye open for publicised open days. Volunteers impart their knowledge with enthusiasm from Napoleonic Wars through to WW2. Not interested in history? The views across the town and channel are stunning. The Grand Shaft consists of three spiral staircases running from the cliff top to the seafront and is a stunning example of engineering as well as being aesthetically beautiful. It was built to get troops quickly from one location to another.
Written September 7, 2019
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pennie2016
Kent, United Kingdom15 contributions
an amazing day
May 2019
we went to the open day, amazing! and all done by volunteers. well presented, well organized. what a lovely surprise, we live in dover and decided to visit the Grand Shaft, (nostalgia time folks!) we went to the Fort. the layout and information was extensive, the enthusiasm of the volunteers catching. More Open Days please
Written May 29, 2019
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Max M
Whitfield, UK22 contributions
The Grand Shaft
Apr 2019 • Solo
I visited the Grand shaft for the first time on Easter Sunday its free entry but donations are welcome. I entered from Snargate St and went up its a fascinating double spiral staircase allowing movement up and down at the same time without interferance it is quite steep and may be a bit much for some however you can reach the top using Military Hill road and descend the stairs. The shaft has been restored by volunteers and it is well worth a visit. Once at the top the view across the Western Docks is magic especially with the works going on there at the moment. There is a trail around the old barracks site which is worth making. The Drop Redoubt is next door I left this for another day. It is open on the 3rd Sunday from about 1100
Written April 28, 2019
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kawakent
Westerham, UK26 contributions
Wonderful construction
Sep 2017 • Couples
Is it a helix? good fun for family - each can take a different stairway. Fair old climb to the top though
Written August 22, 2018
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MagellanSmiles
Folkestone, UK28 contributions
You have to see this most incredible spectacle....
May 2018 • Solo
Checkout opening times on the Western Heights Preservation Society website, but you have to see this ingenious triple helix staircase. What an incredible engineering marvel, so big they rode a horse down it! Not least of which look as you descend look through the windows at people walking up towards you, who you will never meet?! A magically wonderful experience - who would have thought stairs such fun!!
Written August 20, 2018
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