There have been fortifications on the site of Dover castle since at least Saxon times. The present castle was built during the 12th century. Situated on the Kent coast it occupies a strategic location that has made it central to the fight against pirates, and to the survival of the nation in times of war, in particular during Napoleonic conflict, and then again during the Second World War, when Hitler threatened invasion from continental Europe. It was during this war that the famous underground command centre was established, the command centre was often visited by Winston Churchill during his time as Prime Minister, and it was from this castle that the evacuation on Dunkirk was organised in 1941, and the D-Day landings planned in 1944.
The long history of the castle makes it certain that there is a lot of bloody history still to be uncovered. The building is full of Medieval tunnels, secret rooms, and hidden passages, yet the most well known of the Dover Castle ghosts is that of a headless drummer boy who is believed to haunt the grounds of the castle, rather than the inside. He is said to have been attacked and killed while undertaking an errand. He is often to be seen and heard banging his drum around the castle battlements.
In the castle keep two ghosts are sometimes seen. The is an woman wearing a red dress, and also a cavalier is occasionally glimpsed. The underground tunnels of the castle are where ghosts from World War Two have been seen, soldiers undertaking their regular wartime duties, and also violent screaming with no apparent cause.
Other regular unexplained events include doors opening by themselves in the middle of the night, sudden changes in temperature, and footsteps on the stairwells when they were known to be unoccupied.
With almost 2000 years of history of human warfare and tragedy linked to this spot it is no surprise that hauntings are so frequent, a visit to Dover castle is sure to bring some unusual occurances.