The Best Ways to See the White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover, United Kingdom
White Cliffs of Dover, United Kingdom. Photo by Callum Wale on Unsplash

The southeastern English city of Dover is located at the UK’s closest point to continental Europe and features a system of imposing white cliffs which have gained fame as one of the country’s most beautiful natural phenomena. There are a number of ways to experience the White Cliffs of Dover, so let’s take a look at the best options for experiencing this magical place.


Arguably the best vantage point that you can get of the White Cliffs of Dover is from one of the ferries that go from continental Europe to the coastal city. Upon the approach to the city, you will take in a majestic view of these 300+ foot high cliffs that you can’t appreciate from land.


There are a number of hikes in the Dover area that afford majestic viewpoints of the White Cliffs of Dover. Our favorite is the National Trust trail which leaves just above the ferry port. A smooth, gentle 2-hour round trip takes you to the South Foreland Lighthouse and back. You might even be able to see France on a clear day!


While the water is cold and the temperatures aren’t ideal for swimming much of the year in Dover, there are beaches at the foot of the cliffs which provide unique views of the towering structures. The Samphire Hoe Beach is a favorite, located just west of Dover in a nature reserve.