First of all, as luck would have it, our last day in
The town of
We were a bit confused by what they had told us in the visitor center about the casements; I thought they were referring to the medieval tunnels on the south side of the fortress, so we went there next. We explored the maze of subterranean passageways and cannon emplacements, trying to imagine what it must have been like to hide out in the tunnels during a siege. Then we went down to see what we could see of the World War II tunnels, figuring that they were closed for the evening as it was now well past 5 pm. As luck would have it, we arrived just as they were allowing one final group through on a shortened tour, which we were able to join. And we were so glad we did! The tunnel complex was constructed at the end of the eighteenth century during the Napoleonic Wars.
After our tour of the tunnels we went out onto the battlements, where a statue of Admiral Ramsay looks out over the Straits of Dover. Buffeted by a fierce wind, we took in the view of the white cliffs of
We drove down the hill to the Castle Guest House, parked on the street, and checked in. As we walked in we caught a glimpse through a doorway of an extremely messy living room, where some of the guests appeared to be enjoying afternoon tea. The proprietor was polite, if a bit gruff, telling us that our car was fine parked where it was on the street, and leading us up a rickety staircase to our room near the top of the house. In a nutshell, the only redeeming quality about this place is its location at the foot of the castle hill (you can see the roof of the place on the left side of the photo below). I had trouble finding a decent place to stay in Dover (the only place listed in Fodor’s, a 4-room B&B, was booked by the time I made my reservations) and in the end I think we would have been better off staying at one of the chain hotels along the waterfront. The Castle Guest House has actually been given a 4-star ranking by some outfit called Enjoy
On the bright side, the information booklet in our room recommended a great Indian restaurant called Light of India only a 5-minute walk away. It was supposedly voted one of the ten best Indian restaurants in
Aside from having one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, the town of