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.  Thsi update is 27 January 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.


The AGM was held recently on Saturday 8th April 2018 in the wonderful setting of Contsables Tower.  Again those attending were treated to a Cream Tea and our special Guest Speaker was Ken Scott - the first General Manager of Dover Castle. He gave a very interesting talk and presentation on his life as the Castle's firts general manager and especially his many meetings with none other than the Queen Mother - in her capacity as Lord Warden of the Cinq Ports and Constable of Dover Castle.


Also at the AGM the Chairman, Graham Hutchiso described how succesful the Anniversary Tours had been with all events fully booked and well supported.  There had in fact been 15 separate Tours and Events during teh year, ranging from small selective special tours, such as to the Museum, to large tours of virtually the whole Castle. There were also Dance events on Palace Green, trips to other locations and the ever popular Christmas Carol Concert. 


Graham has recently been succesful in the DDC Local Community Grants scheme and we were awarded £500 which is towards our new JOIN US-JOIN IN Project we are hoping will increase membership numbers.  If you know people who would benefit from becoming members - please let them know.


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.


Dover Lotto  

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All contact and communication with The Friends should be directed in the first instance to the  Chairman - Graham Hutchison - email    chairman@dover-castle-friends.org


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2017-2  July 2017

2017-3  November 2017 

2017-2018 ANNUAL 2017

2018  Armistice Special




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Site last revised  25 August 2018

Registered Charity Number 298203