This is the website of The Friends of Dover Castle.


We are a not for profit membership association set up to support and promote Dover Castle. We are a registered charity and are completely voluntary - all our activity is completely voluntary - without volunteers we simply would not exist.


I do apologise for not updating this website as often or as frequrently as would be ideal but it is difficult making time when working full time and managing lots of voluntary activities.  This update is 15th March 2019.


Dover Castle known as 'The Key to England' has over 2000 Years of History, from an Iron Age fort, Roman lighthouse and Saxon church to the Castle that is seen today with the massive Great Tower built by Henry II.

Dover Castle is one of the greatest and most famous of European fortresses, its position as a frontier defence ensuring it an important place in British history. Dover Castle strategically sited, guarding the nearest landing point to mainland Europe, made it an emphatic statement of medieval royal power, highly visible across the Straits of Dover. Its unbroken active service as a castle and fortress stretches over more than nine centuries, from the invasion of William the Conqueror to the age of the nuclear missile, from the autumn of 1066 to 1958.


Our AGM this year is being held in Constables Tower on Saturday 6th April starting at 4 pm.  We are again providing members free Cream Teas (courtesy of Dover Castle catering team) so please book a place with the Chairman  by email -   


Members may bring guests but due to the costs non-members will be charged £5 each to cover our costs. 


This year, our AGM will also see the launch of our Dover Castle Exhibition where I am hoping many artists and craftists will take advantage of submitting some of their work to be on display in this wonderful venue.  Exhibition 

See under Events for Art Exhibition Catalogue


I have not booked a guest speaker thsi time around but I do have some special guests attending - a couple of local ladies who lived in Dover Castle, one of whom was actually born in Dover Castle - I am not asking them to give a talk but they will be up for answering questions and telling you how it was to live in and around Dover Castle - they have a wealth of fantastic memories you can tap into.


Our current projects are Constables Tower and Join Us - Join in.  The latter resulted in us being awarded a DDC LOcal Community Grant of £500 which we have put to good use purchasing equipment to help us increase membership. 


We have also been accepted as a Local Good Cause in the new Dover Lotto about to be launched which hopefully will be a good fundraiser for local charities such as ourselves.  Please register with us and sign up to buy tickets as we will then earn 50p for every ticket sold. Dover District Council will be the organisers of this but they will not make money from this lottery other than a proportion will go towards increasing the Community Grants scheme. We have currently 28 tickets sold of an initial target of 50 - please support us if you can.


Dover Lotto  

Our Dover Lotto Webpage



All contact and communication with The Friends should be directed in the first instance to the  Chairman - Graham Hutchison - email


AGM 6th April 2019 4pm Constables Tower


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2017-2  July 2017

2017-3  November 2017 

2017-2018 ANNUAL 2017

2018  Armistice Special

2019 Spring Newsletter 2019-1




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Site last revised  25 August 2018

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