Dover, England

All information about Dover Cruise Port. Timetable for the arrival of ships, the time of their stay and the number of passengers. Dover Port news. Weather forecast and historical weather, as well as water temperatures around Dover.

Dover, England, United Kingdom
Dover, England, United Kingdom | © Hafiz Waleed Hussain

Dover: tourist information

Dover is one of the most-visited towns in England but most of the 13 million people who travel to Dover each year are bound for one of the many ferries, catamarans or hydrofoils that cross the English Channel (more properly called the Dover Straits) to North-West France. A small number of travellers actually stop in the town and enjoy the 'Dover hospitality' that is on offer. There is information on these pages for people travelling into Dover by road/rail/cycle and for those wanting to take a ferry to France, including Port & Ferry News. Drivers will see very little of Dover itself as they enter on either the A20 from the South or the A2 from the North-West. In both cases, the roads arrive at the Harbour, where they join. The whole of Dover's town stretches inland from the Harbour and continues along three valleys into the Kent countryside. Dover is at one end of the North Downs and has several ranges of hills, two of which have fortresses dating from the medieval and Roman eras, as well as more modern (19th Century) times. Behind the town centre are the modern-day barracks, Dover's past and current commitments to the country have always included more than can be seen under the famous White Cliffs. Modern-day Dover has a mixed economy but is still very-heavily dependant on the ferry industry. Other major employers include: the Ministry of Defence (at Connaught Barracks), numerous freight companies, vehicle sellers & repairers!

The history of Dover is best covered in the many books and videos on the subject (available, of course, at the town's Museum!).


  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Capital: London
  • Government: United Kingdom
  • State/Region: England
  • Time Zone: 0 GMT
  • Language: English
  • Latitude: 51.1175890
  • Longitude: 1.3168480
  • Est. Population: 31022
  • Currency: British Pound
  • Fire: Emergency phone: 999 or 112
  • Police: Emergency phone: 999 or 112
  • Ambulance & Rescue: Emergency phone: 999 or 112
  • Dover, England, United Kingdom
    Dover, England, United Kingdom | © Mark Woolhouse

    Dover Cruise Port Schedule

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    09:00 - 21:00
    Apr 17
    07:00 - 18:00
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    Dover, England, United Kingdom
    Dover, England, United Kingdom | © Aaron James

    Dover in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Dover ranks 249th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 71.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Dover in the next 12 months is 118677.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Dover ranks 136.

    Weather in Dover

    Mar 30
    Min/Max temp: 50°F (10°C) / 54°F (12°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Mar 31
    Min/Max temp: 48°F (9°C) / 50°F (10°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), strong wind
    Apr 1
    Min/Max temp: 46°F (8°C) / 48°F (9°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), small wind
    Apr 2
    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 45°F (7°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 3
    Min/Max temp: 37°F (3°C) / 46°F (8°C)
    Clouds (broken clouds), no wind
    Apr 4
    Min/Max temp: 43°F (6°C) / 48°F (9°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 5
    Min/Max temp: 46°F (8°C) / 52°F (11°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 6
    Min/Max temp: 46°F (8°C) / 52°F (11°C)
    Rain (light rain), no wind

    Current water temperature in Dover now is 48°F (8.8°C)

    Water temperature data provided by

    Annual Weather

    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 43°F (6°C)
    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 43°F (6°C)
    Min/Max temp: 45°F (7°C) / 46°F (8°C)
    Min/Max temp: 50°F (10°C) / 54°F (12°C)
    Min/Max temp: 54°F (12°C) / 57°F (14°C)
    Min/Max temp: 59°F (15°C) / 63°F (17°C)
    Min/Max temp: 63°F (17°C) / 66°F (19°C)
    Min/Max temp: 63°F (17°C) / 66°F (19°C)
    Min/Max temp: 61°F (16°C) / 63°F (17°C)
    Min/Max temp: 54°F (12°C) / 57°F (14°C)
    Min/Max temp: 48°F (9°C) / 50°F (10°C)
    Min/Max temp: 41°F (5°C) / 43°F (6°C)
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