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Old 01-07-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Dover, England Questions

For those of you who did the Disney cruise out of Dover, did any of you fly into Heathrow and go right to Dover? If so, did you take a car service, taxi or train? Any tips on getting there and where to stay and eat would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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We spent a couple days in London first, so went from the airport to London. We got bus tickets from Victoria Station to Dover bus station for 4 pounds per person (about $6) while DCL transfers on their bus were $85 or something like that! The bus made a total of 3 stops along the way...not a big deal.

Spent the night in a Dover hotel--it's a lovely town...Next morning, the cab to the cruise terminal was a total of 5 pounds (per cab, not per person). It was totally easy. It was a couple block walk from the bus station to the hotel. The bus actually drove past the hotel on the way, but the driver couldn't/wouldn't stop and let us off even though we were the only people left on the bus. Dover is small and can basically be seen on foot.

We stayed at the only hotel in town (as far as I know). We tried to get a room at several guest houses, but they were all full. We walked around town and ate at local pubs. No problem finding food placed in the few block downtown area. There was a restaurant at the hotel, but we didn't use it.

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My suggestion would be to never fly in the day of the cruise. Too many things can happen

We flew in 3 days prior and we used Disney transport which was cheaper than $85, but can't remember the price. We chose it for ease of travel and not price. There are cheaper alternatives .
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We're not cruising, but spending three weeks in England and Scotland. Thought if we go to Dover first, we don't have to do it in the middle of our stay in London.

Thanks for the info. What hotel did you stay in?
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Sorry, I don't remember the name of the hotel. I do believe it was the only place in town besides MANY B&Bs. I did on line booking before we left the US...but even a month ahead, the B&Bs were full.

The hotel was nothing special, but it was clean and efficient. I think it had some great name like "THe Dover Hotel."....that's probably not it, but you get the idea. It was a basic, US type hotel.
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Anyone actually go right to Dover from the airport? Does the train go as far as the airport?
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Dover has a recently opened best western hotel, also there is a
Premier Inn hotel both centrally located. I haven't stayed in either but prices seem reasonable.
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We're not cruising, but spending three weeks in England and Scotland. Thought if we go to Dover first, we don't have to do it in the middle of our stay in London.

Thanks for the info. What hotel did you stay in?
Is there a reason why you're going to Dover? Dover Castle perhaps or to see the white cliffs?
Dover is a nice enough place, but the reason all the B&B's were full up is because we have so many immigrants coming over on the trucks, then claiming asylum once the get arrested by the British Police. We don't have a ton of holding houses for them, so they end up in B&B's until they either get forgotten about or are allowed to stay. The Government and local councils utilise the B&B's to house these families.

Much better off staying in a hotel chain like Premier Inn. I live about 45 mins from Dover and don't ever go there unless DCL cruise out of there!!! There are much nicer places in Kent to visit if you want to see the sights, although Dover Castle is great.

Rochester is nice and very historic, Dickens used to live there so they have lots of olde worlde houses from Dickensian times. Leeds Castle is definitely worth a visit .. It's near Maidstone and its 'The loveliest castle in the world'. It really is beautiful, has a great maze to try, museum, black swans, a moat and lovely grounds to picnic in.

If you want any specific info about Kent, please PM me and I'll do my best to help,

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Is there a reason why you're going to Dover? Dover Castle perhaps or to see the white cliffs?
Dover is a nice enough place, but the reason all the B&B's were full up is because we have so many immigrants coming over on the trucks, then claiming asylum once the get arrested by the British Police. We don't have a ton of holding houses for them, so they end up in B&B's until they either get forgotten about or are allowed to stay. The Government and local councils utilise the B&B's to house these families.

Much better off staying in a hotel chain like Premier Inn. I live about 45 mins from Dover and don't ever go there unless DCL cruise out of there!!! There are much nicer places in Kent to visit if you want to see the sights, although Dover Castle is great.

Rochester is nice and very historic, Dickens used to live there so they have lots of olde worlde houses from Dickensian times. Leeds Castle is definitely worth a visit .. It's near Maidstone and its 'The loveliest castle in the world'. It really is beautiful, has a great maze to try, museum, black swans, a moat and lovely grounds to picnic in.

If you want any specific info about Kent, please PM me and I'll do my best to help,

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Yes, for the castle and the white cliffs. Sorry to hear about the immigrant problem, so maybe we will avoid B&B's. Dover is one of the places on this trip's bucket list as we don't think we'll ever be taking a cruise out of there in the next decade. We were supposed to go there in 2010 for a cruise, but it all had to be cancelled!

As for Kent, we are also going there among many other places. Our list is long and we fear our time won't be enough! Any tips/advice you can provide is most appreciated.

Premiere got good reviews on Trip Advisor, so we may be staying there after all.
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Is there a reason why you're going to Dover? Dover Castle perhaps or to see the white cliffs?
Dover is a nice enough place, but the reason all the B&B's were full up is because we have so many immigrants coming over on the trucks, then claiming asylum once the get arrested by the British Police. We don't have a ton of holding houses for them, so they end up in B&B's until they either get forgotten about or are allowed to stay. The Government and local councils utilise the B&B's to house these families.

Much better off staying in a hotel chain like Premier Inn. I live about 45 mins from Dover and don't ever go there unless DCL cruise out of there!!! There are much nicer places in Kent to visit if you want to see the sights, although Dover Castle is great.


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Ah the things we don't know.....we wanted to be in Dover a day before the cruise departure and to see the cliffs and castle. Glad I didn't know about the problems.
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Ah the things we don't know.....we wanted to be in Dover a day before the cruise departure and to see the cliffs and castle. Glad I didn't know about the problems.
I've never heard of these aforementioned problems, but it won't stop us from going there! We'll just stay on the main course.
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My suggestion would be to never fly in the day of the cruise. Too many things can happen

We flew in 3 days prior and we used Disney transport which was cheaper than $85, but can't remember the price. We chose it for ease of travel and not price. There are cheaper alternatives .
We did the same as you. The 85 which I still remember as more like 65 or 70 included airport to hotel in London to port in Dover back to airport. It was still more than on your own but we like the conscience of DCL transpo not dealing with luggage at the port. Enjoy your trip

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We did the same as you. The 85 which I still remember as more like 65 or 70 included airport to hotel in London to port in Dover back to airport. It was still more than on your own but we like the conscience of DCL transpo not dealing with luggage at the port. Enjoy your trip

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Thank you for all the tips. Again, this trip is not connected to a cruise, but is a "road trip" (so to speak).

If anyone has any info about getting to Dover directly from Heathrow, or getting to the train station from Heathrow, that is the information I need right now. Thanks again.
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Looks like a couple of changes needed, not a direct route on the train.

www.thetrainline.com is a good site for our trains.
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We took the train from Victoria Station to Dover in 2010. It was easy.

Bought tickets on line ahead of leaving, and just picked up at the station.
http://m.nationalrail.co.uk/pj/plan/...20113/1050/dep

Here is how to get from Heathrow to Victoria Station.

http://www.heathrow-airport-guide.co.uk/london.html

One confusing thing was they do not post the track until a few minutes ahead of time so not a lot of time to get to it.

We stayed at the Premier Inn and it was clean and a reasonable price, but I don't think it had AC, but it was not hot when we were there.
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