Original article from Kent Live
Dover Castle was forced to close this morning after a major utilities failure means the site is not currently able to host visitors.
In an announcement on their Facebook page, the English Heritage site said guests would not be able to tour the historic landmark today (May 31) due to unforeseen circumstances.
For reasons not disclosed in the announcement, the 12th century bastion currently has no running water supply, posing a major issue for staff and members of the public alike.
The decision was announced just an hour before the site was due to open.
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The statement read: "Due to situations beyond our control we currently have no water supply at Dover Castle.
"Therefore, we have reluctantly made the decision to remain closed today (31/05/2021).
"Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this closure causes."
The site will be automatically refunding any members of the public who have booked tickets for today within 10 days, and customers do not need to make contact to ensure this happens.
Some in the comments saw a funny side to the situation, though.
One joked: "France isn't far away, just get Evian to bring over a few lorries?"
However, there was concern that with such short notice in announcing the closure, some customers would be left disappointed to arrive and find their bank holiday day-trip cancelled.
"I feel sorry for the people already on their way who won't find out until they get there," said one commenter, whilst another observed, "Ouch… On Bank Holiday Monday! Heads are going to roll."
The castle, which has existed as some form of fortified structure since the existence of the Roman empire, has been described as the "Key to England" due to it's strategic importance in historic wars.
It played a major role in the Napoleonic Wars, was converted into an air-raid shelter, command base and underground hospital in World War II, and later had it's underground tunnels earmarked as a potential nuclear bomb shelter.
It seems in spite of it's history, even a building as imposing and grand as Dover Castle isn't immune to plumbing issues.