Monthly Tours

WHPS facilitate monthly tours of the Drop Redoubt for people wishing to see the fort and learn a bit about its history and features from our own knowledgeable guides.

These must be booked directly through whpstours01@gmail.com

Dates Third Sunday of every month April – September. Please check the calendar for availability as sometimes these may conflict with our events (particularly in May and September) and may not therefore be available that month.

Times The tours start at 1100 and 1400 and usually last for approximately 3 hours although you can choose to leave earlier if you wish. A volunteer will escort you back to the entrance door on request.

Cost  WHPS do not charge for these tours although if you enjoy the tour and the information provide we would welcome a donation towards the work of the Society. All money raised goes back into the fort as none of our committee or volunteers take any type of financial reward for their work.

Availability Tours are restricted to a maximum of 25 visitors per tour for safety and comfort reasons.

Location Meet by the engineer’s tunnel just to the left past the cattle grid on Drop Redoubt, Dover (CT17 9DZ). Limited parking is available on Drop redoubt road or nearby St Martins Battery car park (all free and approx. 5 mins walk away).

Photography Visitors are welcome to take video, photographs and utilise photographic opportunities with our re-enactors. Please note that we do not allow the use of drones or other aerial recording devices within the fort for safety reasons.

Disability access  We regret that due to the nature of the site and the access difficulties the Drop Redoubt is not suitable for wheelchair access or visitors with limited mobility. Access to the ditches is through a small tunnel with limited headroom for approx. 3-4 feet. There are steps into the fort and access to the vast majority of the fort requires navigating at least 70 steps.

Toilets There are no facilities on site at the Drop Redoubt fort or the surrounding area.

Refreshments There are no refreshment facilities on site and visitors are encouraged to bring any food/drink they may require with them.

Site specific The Drop Redoubt is a Napoleonic structure and listed scheduled ancient monument. There are numerous steep drops, grass banks, hidden trip hazards and areas of loose brickwork. Safety signs and temporary barriers are installed to protect visitors and we ask you to respect them as they are for your safety. Your tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour and you are asked to remain in their vicinity at all times.

Children We welcome visitors of all ages but children must be carefully supervised due to the nature of the site (see site specific info below). The site is not suitable for pushchairs. Visitors are welcome to leave them at the entrance although WHPS cannot accept responsibility for the supervision or loss of left items.

Pets Dogs are welcome on site as long as they remain on a lead and under control. Owners are required to clear up after their pets and should be aware that re-enactments may involve very loud firing.