Dover Castle now open and Walmer Castle extends to weekdays and weekends in time for Easter

English Heritage has unlocked the Dover Castle gates in time for the Easter holidays.

The historical tourist attraction on the cliffs reopened to families on Monday (March 29) when the stay-at-home order came to an end.

Dover Castle has now reopened its outdoor spaces but visits must be pre-booked
Dover Castle has now reopened its outdoor spaces but visits must be pre-booked

Dover Castle is one of 60 English Heritage attractions that has now reopened to visitors as the country takes its first steps out of lockdown.
Neighbouring Walmer Castle and Gardens was already open on weekends to allow for local families to take exercise but the government's route map means that it too will now welcome visitors during the week as well.

With openings coinciding with the school holidays and four-day Easter bank holiday, some Easter-themed activities are running at sites include trail-led quests with chocolate egg prizes that both enable families to enjoy outdoor spaces whilst still remaining compliant with existing coronavirus regulations.

Picturesque Walmer Castle is now open on weekdays and at weekends
Picturesque Walmer Castle is now open on weekdays and at weekends

With the government continuing to asking everyone to minimise travel until April 12, English Heritage says it expects the first week of the school holidays to attract primarily local visitors.

On April 12, when non essential retails and self catering accommodation is also expected to open, it expects families from outside the immediate local area still on their Easter holidays - or during weekends - to make plans to visit.

Visitor numbers at both Kent coastal attractions will continue to be limited to enable social distancing and anyone planning to visit - including members - will have to book in advance on the English Heritage website and ensure they arrive within their allocated time slot.

For further information and to book your visit during the school holiday or over the Easter weekend visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Read more suggestions of things to do with the kids during the Easter break at www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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