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There were settlements here long before the Romans arrived to build their own defences, some still visible such as the Pharos, reputedly the oldest standing building in England. Behind the Romans came the Saxons and others each strengthening the townís fortifications. Today the efforts of all this defence are mainly to be seen in Dover Castle, massively fortified with walls up to 22 feet thick, acting as a timeline of Doverís, and Englandís history.

Today, Doverís generally more peaceful visitors still use Britainís busiest ferry terminal merely as an arrival and departure point to and from the continent. This is their loss as the town and the surrounding countryside have much to offer. Dover is a bustling town with a fine shopping centre, a thriving cultural scene and a lively nightlife.

The Roman Painted House in the inappropriately named New Street is a fascinating exhibit that helps unravel the multi-layered history of the town. Also worth a visit are the Maison Deu, the Old Town Gaol and The Transport Museum.

Outside the town it is difficult not to feel a pang of nostalgic pride gazing over the magnificent sweep of the White Cliffs of Dover, particularly at sunset. At nearby Hawkinge is the equally nostalgic Kent Battle of Britain Museum with a collection of aircraft, vehicles and other relics documenting this important moment of British history. Somewhat more tranquil is St. Margaretís with its famous pubs and some good restaurants with splendid views across the channel towards France. Crabble Mill in Dover, and Walmer Castle at nearby Deal are also well worth a visit.

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