This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dover. To help you make friends with Dover before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Dover is the main access port into Britain, with both the Chunnel and many of the main ferry lines terminating here. The city is also well known for its cliffs made of white chalk, featured in many stories and legends from long ago.
If you are staying a night there are not a lot of choices for hostels in Dover. If you aren't able to book a hostel in Dover, there are several nearby towns that are well connected via train making it easy to get to and from Dover. If you find yourself with a choice between several locations, being close to the port has its pros and cons. The port is a great launching area for some great hikes and makes it easy to grab a ferry if that is on your to do list. Beyond that there is not much to do, and the walk into town will take 15-20 minutes. There is a very inexpensive shuttle bus running from the train station to the port.
There is not much to do for nightlife but there are several British style pubs around town. Although they close early, its a great introduction to Britain or a fine place for a final farewell. Its best to spend your time in Dover exploring the history and natural landscape during the day and settling in for the night.
Many backpackers pass quickly through Dover without stopping, but if you take the time to stay a night in a Dover hostel you will find yourself with more than enough to do.
Written by local enthusiast for Dover hostelsJosh