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Wonderful construction

Is it a helix? good fun for family - each can take a different stairway. Fair old climb to the... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
Bromley, United Kingdom
You have to see this most incredible spectacle....

Checkout opening times on the Western Heights Preservation Society website, but you have to see... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Is it a helix? good fun for family - each can take a different stairway. Fair old climb to the top though

1  Thank kawakent
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Checkout opening times on the Western Heights Preservation Society website, but you have to see this ingenious triple helix staircase. What an incredible engineering marvel, so big they rode a horse down it! Not least of which look as you descend look through the windows...More

Thank MagellanSmiles
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Usually only open on special 'Open Days'. Amazing to understand what existed on the heights in it's 'heyday' - the barracks etc as well as the marvel (Drop Redoubt) which still remains. Shaft can be tiring to climb to the top for those of us...More

1  Thank Hatfield_visitor
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

It's a marvel of engineering how they constructed 3 stairways. Able to walk all round top area visiting batteries. Accessible from top road or through the pathway directly to the fort which is open only on set dates. Easy walking throughout but hilly in places....More

1  Thank Dren W
Reviewed 1 November 2017

A wonderful attraction to visit and experience. A fantastic civil engineering marvel dating back to Napoleonic wartime construction. Sadly open access is restricted as a response to Health and Safety issues although there are supervised Open Days at fairly regular intervals for the public to...More

Thank Grumpy-3G
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Another part of the Western Hts - the main entrance! a very cleaver construction - 3 spiral saircases straight up to the old parade ground. 3 separate stailcases so that Officers, NCOs and the troops would never meet on the stairs!!!

5  Thank cinemajim
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Visiting dover and by chance and the grand shaft was open , what a unique gem and ran by fantastic people, david and jay where very knowlegable .

Thank austink3
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We came to visit this grand napoleonic piece of history and we were truly amazed. The stairs tired us out a bit being pensioners so it's not for the feint of heart. I did truly love showing my wife the grand shaft...

5  Thank Michael L
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Do the stairs up and down a few times. It's a lovely spiral staircase, great history behind it and wonderful pictures to take.

1  Thank Wil283
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This extraordinary piece of Napoleonic-era engineering is only open a few days a year. It was built to ensure that troops could get from their barracks on the clifftop down to beach level as quickly as possible in the event of an invasion or attack...More

Thank brixx
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