Fan Bay Deep Shelter is a series of tunnels constructed during World War II as accommodation for Fan Bay Battery artillery battery, 23 metres down in the White Cliffs of Dover at Fan Bay near the Port of Dover. The tunnels and gun battery were built by the Royal Engineers between 20 November 1940 and 28 February 1941. The site is maintained by the National Trust.Our Dover holiday planning tool makes visiting Secret Wartime Tunnels and other Dover attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
The tunnels are lined with corrugated steel arching and the complex originally included five large tunnels with storage space for bunk beds, rifles, a hospital and a secure store, a generator, toilets and washrooms. The gun battery was intended to attack enemy shipping moving through the English Channel.
The tunnels were abandoned in the 1950s and filled in with debris in the 1970s. In 2012 the tunnels were rediscovered by the National Trust after purchasing this section of the cliffs. The restoration work, carried over 18 months, included removal of 100 tonnes of rubble. The tunnels were opened to the public on 20 July 2015.
Near the site are two World War One sound mirrors.
Secret Wartime Tunnels Reviews
Like many people said before it is a real interesting piece of history, it has a extra charge but it is worth it. When waiting for the start of the tour you can have a look at photobooks showing the..... more »
This was a great little tour showing how the military defended our borders with the radar tings. Don was a proper hero and explained everything in detail, also provided a few cheeky jokes along the... more »
I love the Castle, and the tunnels at Dover Castle - but would really appreciate some sort of booking system for them.... 😐 Not good to have to stand in a queue for over 30 minutes in the sun! (and the people immediately behind us would have to wait over an hour,!!) It meant we had to 'waste time queuing' when we could have enjoyed the full use of our entrance fee! If we could book a time slot when we buy our tickets (or check in as members) - this would be so much better! Other foreign visitors commented the same.
Very interesting place to visit. Have been here multiple times - one visit isn't really enough. There's multimedia presentations to cast your mind back to the 40's. There's a separate guided tour of the underground hospital - don't miss that either.
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