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The hilarious White Cliffs of Dover Tripadvisor reviews by Americans who couldn’t find them

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The White Cliffs of Dover are a world famous tourist attraction.

Towering above the English Channel as you enter Britain, people travel from far and wide to see them up close.

They've been turned into a proper experience, a Visitor Centre marking the start point of a series of specially mapped out walks affording spectacular views.

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There are even plans for a cable car to take you up there and to see nearby Dover Castle.

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And it's fair to say that most people enjoy seeing the cliffs.

They enjoy an impressive rating on the popular travelling website Tripadvisor, an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from almost 3,000 reviews.

There's an old phrase though, that you can't please everyone.

And that would definitely appear to be the case where our famous White Cliffs are concerned.

The White Cliffs of Dover

Some people complained they weren't white enough.

"They are not white. It is a myth," said user GoToGate13.

"They are a dirty light brown colour. Unless part of the cliff has fallen."

We're not exactly sure what the user was looking at – but as our own pictures taken recently show, the White Cliffs are definitely still white.

The White Cliffs at St Margaret's Bay

Just in case, here's another.

The White Cliffs at Kingsdown

They were not the only ones though: "Such a shame that the White Cliffs of Dover are not so much white anymore but that's nothing to do with man – it's mother nature that's decided to grow weeds etc on them.

"I'm told when they're filming The White Cliffs of Dover for television or whatever they actually film Beachy Head or similar as the cliffs there are much whiter now.

"Still worth a visit as they are world famous and no matter how they look it's STILL the White Cliffs of Dover no matter what.

"I'm sure everyone in England is proud of their history. I know I am."

Another Tripadvisor user seemed to think they were reviewing their own time-keeping skills rather the landmark itself.

Ness Point is supposed to mirror the White Cliffs of Dover it sits on

Giving the White Cliffs a one-star rating, Leisa W from Kingston upon Thames said: "My husband had seen a review that said the cliffs were better at Kingsdown, which distracted us from getting to Dover.

"They were very interesting due to the history but it would be better to come down the night before from London and catch the morning light on the cliffs.

"The lunch at the Zetland Arms was fantastic, great chips.

The Zetland Arms

"By the time we got to Dover there was little time to do the sensational walk, see the Castle or explore the visitor centre.

"There is so much to do and see I recommend do some research, plan the day and enjoy the white cliffs of Dover which are truly a geological wonder."

The most common complaint of all however was that it was simply impossible to see the White Cliffs properly.

Locals will be aware that they can of course be seen in full view, particularly from the Langdon drop, a short, signposted walk from the designated Visitor Centre.

Walk along the White Cliffs of Dover

The famous cliffs also stretch for around five miles, allowing views in several spots including the likes of Kingsdown and St Margaret's.

But it seems some would rather go to the effort of penning a full review than Google search any of the options above.

User kandy218 from Wisconsin in the US wrote: "Waste of a trip, there are no unobstructed views.

"Stopped at Dover on a tour to see the white cliffs. Super disappointed.

"There's a major road and bridge blocking all the views.

"Now, you could drive up the bridge and try to see them from up there, but you certainly can't stop and take a photo."

Presumably Kandy is talking about Jubilee Way here – which yes, is a major port access road that we'd definitely not recommend for stopping and taking photos on.

The scene of the collision on Jubilee Way

Debra W from Pennslyvania had a similar criticism though: "The white cliffs are probably best viewed by an incoming vessel from France.

"The Dover view is obstructed by a highway and apartment building.

"Don't let this stop you from enjoying the castle."

And WorldTraveller_914 from North Carolina somehow managed to miss the fairly large Visitor Centre altogether, and the kiosk at the entrance where you can also find maps and information.

The White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre

"You can't actually see the white cliffs from the restricted land views," they said.

"No tours or information is provided.

"Just a pay to park lot and a nice view of the sea, but no view of the cliffs."

Maybe it's a North American thing – because user Rosebud19 from Canada seemed to struggle too: "Except for the historical significance there isn't anything exciting about the cliffs as they are today.

"A dingy brown vs glistening white as we are all brought up to believe, there is a dirty, car-infested ferry depot/industrial area at the base of the cliffs.

"The best view of the cliffs is from the freeway into town.

"You can't really see them from the castle area."

All the reviews detailing a failure to locate the cliffs came from Tripadvisor users from across the pond.

It's a shame – because the landmark really is a spectacular sight.

And for all the diverse landscape in North America, it's a geological phenomenon that doesn't exist over there.

What clearly do exist, however, are some incredibly hard-to-please travellers.

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