Hellfire Corner



World War II


The Tour / Experience:

Step back and experience for yourself how the British and Allied forces played a critical part in defending the realm by guarding the most crucially important line of defence in WW2, a section of the UK coastline between Folkestone and St. Margaret’s Bay. This stretch of coast is the closest point to France, which, only 21 miles away, was under Nazi occupation. It is where Spitfires and Hurricanes took off and where the Battle of Britain took place in the skies above. This is also the area where preparations for D-Day began with Operation Fortitude. Today, this part of the coastline is a unique place where coast meets country, beauty meets history and England meets the Continent.

The excursion begins with a visit to the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge. The Museum is located on the former site of RAF Hawkinge, which was the nearest RAF station to Luftwaffe bases in France, already occupied by the enemy. Naturally, this section of the Kent coast was one of the primary targets of Nazi bombers. It was also heavily shelled by the German shore batteries, stationed along the French coast. Today, the museum has an amazingly rich collection of Battle of Britain memorabilia as well as countless stories of those pilots and other military personnel who gave their lives to protect this country.

Next visit the Battle of Britain Memorial with an included Scramble Experience, an interactive attraction showing what it was like for pilots in 1940. The Memorial is dedicated to Churchill’s famous “Few” who fought in the skies overhead to keep this country free from invasion. The Memorial also offers stunning views of the English Channel and France from the cliff top at Capel-le-Ferne.

Drive through Dover and see Dover Castle, famously known as “the Key to England”. The Castle bears witness to the longest military history in the country. You will also see Dover harbour, where the allies staged Operation Fortitude as part of the D-Day preparations.

Finish your excursion with a home-made cream tea in a traditional local tearoom in St Margaret’s Bay. The eco-friendly tearoom also houses a small museum dedicated to the WW2 history of the area, known as the “Hellfire Corner” during those dark times.


The Highlights: 

  • Detailed WW2 story of the area, known as ‘Hellfire Corner’ between 1940 and 1944
  • Battle of Britain Museum and Battle of Britain Memorial
  • Learn about ‘Operation ‘Fortitude’ prior to D-Day
  • The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Fascinating commentary provided by a professional Blue Badge Guide


Tour Details: 

Meeting Point: From train stations/hotels/cruise terminal: Ashford International, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover

Contact Details: 

Email: info@englandplustours.com

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About the guide

Name: Tanya Firth

Qualifications: South East England

Languages: Russian