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Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

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Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

We cannot decide what would be better, we have only 7 hours. Should we stay in Dover and check out the cliffs and castles or travel to London and parttake in all the touristy things there? I know the trip is about 2 hours from Dover to London which would mean we would only have about 3 hours in the city to sight see before we have to head back. And that may be cutting it close. All opinions are very much appreciated!!!

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1. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

You could spend a fair amount of time at Dover Castle--the War Tunnels are especially interesting.

4 hours travel for 3 hours of London doesn't seem like a good choice in terms of time. Diminishing returns and all that.

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2. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

Fast trains from Dover Priory to London St Pancras make the journey in an hour and ten minutes, considerably faster than in the past.

But if your brief stop in Dover is at the weekend then trains may not be as frequent; having to sightsee with one eye on the clock may not be the way you wish to spend your leisure time.

If you'd like to have a quick look at the capital, let us know a bit more about your trip: day of the week and times of arrival and departure, whether you'll travel before mid July or after and what you think you'd like to see in London.

How about a quick jaunt to Canterbury? Trains to Canterbury East take about 20 - 30 minutes, return fare about £8, could be worth a look.

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3. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

You could take the train to Canterbury which is 15 minutes from Dover

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4. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

Canterbury for a few hours would be a very good idea. The city and cathedral are top of many lists, it can be crowded.

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5. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

I wouldn't travel up to London with so few hours, I second Laura's suggestion of the war tunnels, and Dover castle as that's definetely worth a visit :)

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6. Re: Cruise Port in Dover, Should we Stay or Go to London?

With 7 hours, you could (just) do both Canterbury and Dover. The railway station at Dover Priory has regular trains up to Canterbury ( East), calls at 7 villages en route, so a quick rail journey.

Neither Dover nor Canterbury need to be done as part of an organised tour. Dover as a town is very compact, and you can actually see Dover Castle for miles, a bit of a steep walk up , but there is alot to see!

Canterbury is a lovely ancient cathedral city, much bigger than Dover, but very easy to navigate. The spires of Canterbury Catherdral dominate the town. There is a river trip from the centre of town ( very sedate.. definately no white water rafting) and some very lovely gardens for a shop bought picnic if the weather is good. Canterbury is much better served for cafe's/pubs and restaurants.

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