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  1. As JB has said the most famous is Royal St George's where The Open is taking place in June 2020 but next door it it is the Princes where public members can play but it seems a bit expensive (£90) . Otherwise, there is the Royal Cinque Ports in Deal which is a private members club but you can book online as a visitor (don't know the fee) and the Walmer & Kingsdown in Kingsdown, also near Deal which you can also book as a visitor for about £40-£50. In the other direction, there is Etchinghill and a lovely one between the seafront and the Royal Military Canal in Seabrook/Hythe called the Hythe Golf Club (my friend belongs to that one) which is only about £20-£25 . As JB says, check the websites for the ones you are interested in to see what the fees for visitors would be as they vary a great deal. Also see how far you want to travel to these (none of them are hugely far away from Dover).
  2. As you are keen hikers and I assume you dock at Holyhead in Wales, there is a lovely walk from town to the South Stack lighthouse which goes through the Breakwater County Park (little cafe there). There are a few routes (all circular) on the internet (one posted by the BBC) so have a look. Pretty sure that there will be local tourist information people when you get off the ship who can supply information.
  3. Do you mean Dover? There is a post on here (both JB and I have contributed) about Dover to London.
  4. Saga do a 15 night British Isle cruise which stops in Liverpool and lots of other smaller ports that the big ships don't go to. https://travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/ocean/where-we-go/british-isles-cruises/coast-to-coast.aspx?boardbasis=AI Saga Sapphire is a lovely smaller ship but next year is it's final one. I'm sure Saga will do other UK cruises though.
  5. There is the High Speed Train from Dover to St Pancras/Kings Cross which takes about an hour but is a bit more expensive than the 'slow train'. Slow train takes about 2 hours and stops at London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross or the one to Victoria station takes about the same time. There is usually more space on the slow trains - slow trains usually have more seating with tables than the high speed but all will be busy in the morning commuter times. So best leave after 10am. At weekends all the trains are busy, most of the day and do check if there are 'works' going on if you are travelling at a weekend as often they will have bus replacement services down in Kent and some of the stations at the London end will be closed. We've stayed in hotels near St Pancras/Kings Cross which have been fine and good prices but usually quite small rooms. Of course, there are some very posh, lovely hotels there, especially the one at St Pancras Station, especially the Renaissance, although there is also a Premier Inn. As mentioned, loads of hotels at the Charing Cross/Victoria end to choose from. As you have an overnight in Dover and want to spend that night in London, personally, I'd do high speed and stay near St Pancras/Kings Cross as it's a shorter journey to get back to Dover and usually less chance of delays.
  6. Just following this. I live near Dover and have both driven and trained it to Southampton. The drive can be horrendous (even for a taxi) and it's sometimes taken nearly 6 hours to do so as the motorways in Kent are really busy, usually have roadworks and/or accidents. The option of going to Gatwick and then take the train is pretty good and you could get to Gatwick by taxi for a much cheaper price and it usually takes me less than 2 hours to drive there. The train is really easy, if not a bit slow. 'Slow' train (there are two versions from Dover Priory - High Speed and 'slow') to Waterloo and a very easy walk to Waterloo East. There should be some luggage trolleys as well. But, as mentioned, give yourself a lot of time in case of train delays and just not having to rush to catch your connecting train.
  7. We visited the Drop Redoubt, which is run by The Western Heights Preservation Society. They also do tours on the 3rd Sunday of every months (must book with them though).
  8. As JB says, Dover Castle is a must and you can spend quite a few hours there. Also, nearer the time have a look at the White Cliffs website for things that are going on. There is a 'secret' fort up on the cliffs and the local historical society hold open days there which are really worth attending (only twice a year though so may not be when you are there). https://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx There are tours at Canterbury Cathedral if you want to do that and there is also a walking tour there, which is interesting.
  9. Premier Taxis https://www.premiertaxisfolkestone.co.uk/taxi-fare-kent Although you can get the train from Dover (just get a taxis from the cruise terminal to Dover Priory) to Canterbury (only takes about 20 minutes) or you can get the number 15 bus (nice scenery) which takes about 40 minutes and leaves every 20 minutes.
  10. The London Theatre Ticket Booth in Leicester Square is where you can purchase discount and last minute tickets in person, but they do sell advance tickets online: https://officiallondontheatre.com/tkts/
  11. We also stayed in Gravesend, at the Clarendon Royal Hotel which is facing the river and very near the passenger ferry to Tilbury (docks right near the cruise terminal). Just a warning, the ferry wasn't running because it had broken down so we ended up booking a taxi to the port (about £50). However, it all seems fine now but I would recommend you check them on Twitter in case there is a problem. The Clarendon was lovely and very reasonable (and a good restaurant). Would have been perfect if the ferry was running.
  12. As Bob++ says, taxis and trains are your best options, although you can take the number 15 bus from Dover to Canterbury (nice drive), which takes just over half an hour. Dover Cruise Terminal is a bit of a trek from town (not sure if there is a shuttle bus) so if you decide to do the Castle first, get a taxi there (or into town, or to the train station). A Tuesday in October shouldn't be overly busy. I usually go to the castle in the morning as there a couple of free tours (Underground Hospital & Operation Dynamo) where you have to queue up for and less people that time, but again, depends on how many of your fellow passengers decide to go there. Castle closes at 5 in October (and can be very windy up there so dress appropriately), as does the Cathedral (last entry 4.30). Cathedral opens at 9 and Castle at 10. Can easily spend a whole day at each place, but as long as you leave the ship early, you'll be able to fit it all in. Canterbury has a very large university, so it'll be full of students and can get very busy, whatever the season, but it's a beautiful place and worth a wander round (again, weather permitting). If you want to eat at the Castle, do that first when you arrive from Canterbury as the main restaurant (NAAFI) closes at 2.30, although there is a coffee shop which stays open a bit later (Tearoom might not be open). English Heritage reckon the average visiting time to the Castle is 4 hour. Certainly don't need a tour company! Guided tours at the Cathedral are at 10.30, 12.00 and 2.00 and are about 40 minutes but your can get an audio tour if you prefer. There are several 'mini-talks' which are free and well worth attending.
  13. Southern Rail First Class is definitely not worth it! You just get an antimacassar on the back of you seat, but that's just about it (at least that was what I experienced the one and only time I booked 1st class on that train).
  14. Canterbury is one hour from London St Pancras. You could visit the Cathedral and gardens, have lunch and a wander round.
  15. The high speed train from St Pancras (next door to Kings Cross) is fine to get to Dover, even with children and luggage. Travel off peak (after 10) and you'll be fine. The train is usually sitting at the platform for a while before it leaves so this gives you time to board and store your luggage. Each coach has a luggage rack for large cases near one of the doors (not every door) and smaller cases can go on the rack above the seats. The journey is just over an hour (it would be at least 2 hours by car and the motorways in Kent are a nightmare at the moment, not planning to get rid of the 'brexit' lorry park test until end of October, so could take even longer). I doubt it will be that busy and you can get a table seat for the 4 of you. The train leaves every hour at 37 minutes past the hour and there are no changes. There are few stops on the way - Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central then Dover Priory. Taxis are usually waiting at Dover Priory station to take you to the cruise terminal. The train does carry on to other coastal places but the stops are listed on the boards at the train station. Just get to the station about 20 minutes prior to when it leaves and get yourself settled in. It'll be fine and children under 5 travel free and 5-15 can travel for £1.
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