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Operation Dynamo and Dover Castle

Hi all,

I am planning a trip to London area in May 2015. I have read that Operation Dynamo at the Dover Castle is a good exhibit about Dunkirk.

Has anyone been there in the past year, and what is your opinion of it?

Thank you,
Virginia

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It is a very good exhibit, I was unaware of this event in WWII so I was even more impressed by it.

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Thanks for your reply, Darren.

Did you have to wait in a long line to see the exhibit? Any chance that you might have taken a short boat ride after visiting the exhibit to see the white cliffs? We hope to do this, but aren't sure.

Many thanks, Virginia

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To see the White Cliffs of Dover, it is best by boat. The ferries to France give a good view, but that's a long way to go (and not so easy) to get a view of some chalk.

To see really fabulous white cliffs, the Seven Sisters down the coast towards Brighton at Eastbourne are seriously world class. And you don't have to get into a boat...

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We did not experience any long lines at all, we were there in early May also....on a week day. There is a parking lot at the top of the cliffs so that you can walk along them for quite a ways with great views of course. If the weather is really clear you will be able to see France very well, especially from atop Dover Castle.

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Hi,

Thanks Nigel and Darren for your comments.

Nigel, a friend of ours was telling us about the great views of the cliffs from Seven Sisters. I will go check it out.

It's good to hear that you didn't have to wait in any line when visited Dover Castle, Darren. If you don't mind my asking, how did you travel to Dover? Bus, train, car, or otherwise.? My husband and I are planning to take a train from Blackheath.

Thanks!
Virginia

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Just a quick word of caution about visiting the Seven Sisters - be careful not to go too close to the edge, particularly if the wind is up.

People have been known to fall over the edge and it is a very long way down.

Wandering the beach below is beautiful, too. You might even find a fossil.

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"I was unaware of this event in WWII"

Very big event in our country's recent history/folk memory and even today the phrase "Dunkirk spirit" is still used to describe groups of ordinary people working together against overwhelming odds.

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We traveled by car though by train should be fairly easy but you will have a climb ahead of you walking to the castle.