Many backpackers use England as a jumping off point for their travels. This makes sense for a few reasons. England not only has a ton of sites to offer but it is also a place that offers several different travel options to neighboring countries. A great trip is to travel from Dover to Dunkirk.
You can start your trip by visiting the Castle in Dover. This is the main attraction and offers a lot to see. The massive structure was built in 1066 by Norman rulers. It was used as a main point of defense and military headquarters all the way up through WWII. A really awesome feature of the castle is the war tunnels. You can take a guided tour of these tunnels (price included in entry ticket to the grounds) where you will see a medical station, old furniture that made up the rooms, kitchens, and all of the creepy sounds and sights you can imagine walking through secret war tunnels. The price to enter the grounds is 16.50 GBP.
After taking a tour of the castle, another site to see is the St. Mary in Castro Church, which is in the grounds of Dover Castle. It is a beautifully built stone Church dating back to the year 1000. Seeing and visiting this church is sure to leave you in a state of awe!
After getting a taste of Dover it is time to head to Dunkirk. The best way to do this is to take a ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. By taking a ferry, it is not only the fastest way but the best experience. You get to cross the English Channel and see its beauty.
When landing in Dunkirk its time to see what it has to offer. Dunkirk’s claim to fame is the important role that it played in WWII. One of the best places to visit is the Old Harbor. The Old Harbor is home to the 1901 ship, Duchesse of Anne and an old lightship, Sandettie, from 1949. These are just a few of the sites that serve as great looks into the history of the city. One of the coolest sites to get a real feel for the city’s history is in the walls of St. Eloi’s church. Bullet holes case the entire wall from battles that took place back in WWII. There are also a host of castles to see in Dunkirk. You can visit the castle of Hardelot and Colembert.
For those of you who enjoy a bit more of thrill, Dunkirk is home to some great waves for surfing and windsurfing. There are plenty of places to rent boards or take lessons. This offers a chance to get a little crazy and get nice adrenaline rush in Dunkirk before heading out to your next destination.