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Small fortified castle on the banks of the Medway with an interesting history

You can really imagine the life of the soldiers who lived in this castle, trying to protect the... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Jayne S
Wow wow wow

We had a lovely morning at the Castle it was great to revisit it after I attended a wedding there... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Claudia C
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Set in tranquil grounds, in the picturesque riverside village of Upnor, stands this rare and wonderfully preserved Elizabethan artillery fortress.Upnor Castle was built in 1559 to defend the navy of Queen Elizabeth I and the nearby Chatham Dockyard...more
Upnor Castle High Street, Rochester ME2 4XG, England
+44 1634 718742
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All reviews free car park cobbled street the river english heritage chatham dockyard self service well worth a visit quaint village ticket office vending machine pretty village high street audio guide sunny day information boards couple of hours nice location
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

You can really imagine the life of the soldiers who lived in this castle, trying to protect the Royal Navy harbour further up the river. Several towers, with great views, informative displays

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jayne S
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely morning at the Castle it was great to revisit it after I attended a wedding there the year before the grounds are lovely we had for young children who thought it was very magical climbing the stairs looking out of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The Halloween trail helped hold my daughter's attention which gave us chance to look round. There were several areas to view including a tunnel and towers. There were dressing up clothes in 2 different rooms. It was good for a short visit and a bonus...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank blt100
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

It is a great location. Tucked away at the end of a beautiful street on the river. However it just lacked any real pizzazz. Interesting but not entertaining. The need to try harder.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank James67578657
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Who knew we lost a battle to the Dutch in our own rivers! Fascinating tale of the battle. Family friendly with children's dressing up area. Super views across the Medway. Car park is approx 200 yards away, but is through an interesting historic lane well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

This little Elizabethan Artillery Fort is hidden away at the end of a cobbled lane. The fort is very well maintained and there are a number of buildings and floors to explore. The staff are very knowledgeable and Phil was great to talk too. This...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BishopX41
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We went with our friends who live in Rochester because they had never brought us here before. They said it was small. It was! But quite interesting nevertheless. We parked in the English Heritage car park and the castle entrance is only a short walk...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John S
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Enjoyed our afternoon visit to this small castle which is more of a fort guarding the Chatham dockyards. Easy to find and a free carpark about 3 mins walk down a wonderful cobbled street through the village, which has 2 pubs for those who fancy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Glenn S
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

A beautifully castle spent a morning absorbing the sights and history. We'll worth a visit. Beautifully hidden down a narrow cobblestone road. Information inside the castle very informative. Audio guide very easy to follow, you can walk round as you please as everything numbered.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sandra B
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

We called in as we had an hour spare,it’s in a nice location and well worth a visit for some local history.

Date of experience: June 2018
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14 July 2018|
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Response from KentBev | Reviewed this property |
Sorry , I have no idea. You could phone them to ask?
Hania E
14 May 2017|
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Response from M1449KNstuartr | Reviewed this property |
The 191 Bus runs out that way, not sure on frequency or cost, it is walkable (about 45 minutes) It is worth looking on google maps for the best route, sorry unable to post a link on here
Jane M
21 February 2017|
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Response from Paul R | Reviewed this property |
We was there for a couple of hours and had a flask and pack lunch with good views of the river and there's a good area of grass they have audio guide book which tell you the history at the door for a pound to hire hope this... More