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Address: Snargate Street, Dover, England
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Instead of going to the gym ...

Do the stairs up and down a few times. It's a lovely spiral staircase, great history behind it and wonderful pictures to take.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Wil283
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do the stairs up and down a few times. It's a lovely spiral staircase, great history behind it and wonderful pictures to take.

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Thank Wil283
London, UK
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This extraordinary piece of Napoleonic-era engineering is only open a few days a year. It was built to ensure that troops could get from their barracks on the clifftop down to beach level as quickly as possible in the event of an invasion or attack by the French. To enable as many soldiers to use it as possible it was... More 

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Thank brixx
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

You can only access this shaft if you go into the Dover castle tunnels, very interesting and informative.

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Thank Russell M
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

The volunteers are amazing at the Grans Shaft, their knowledge and commitment to our history is fantastic. Thank you and well done. We arrived early and had breakfast in a local cafe that gave us the energy to climb the shaft. You definitely know your heart is working when you reach the top.

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Thank Jacksonsinbrighton
Kent, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Triple staircase built to allow large numbers of troops from the barracks (now demolished) at the top of the cliffs to get down to ground level and fight off the French. When we visited one of the three staircases was closed. However, the other two give plenty of opportunity to get to the (lower) cliff top, from where you can... More 

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Canterbury
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of 5 bubbles 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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Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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