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Upnor Castle

Upnor Castle High Street, Rochester ME2 4XG, England
+44 1634 718742
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Great find in a pretty location

Walked down beautiful Upnor high street to visit this historic castle and had a great time with my... read more

Reviewed today
Zoe H
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Great Venue for Tourists and Weddings!

Upnor Castle is one of the Medway's best kept secrets, and is a better place to visit than... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Joe R
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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. It put up a brave but ineffective fight against the Dutch invasion of the British fleet in 1667 and this dramatic and exciting event is told to today's visitors with an audiovisual experience.After Upnor had served queen and country as a military base it was put to use supplying gunpowder and weapons to the men of war along the river. Open air theatre and battle re-enactments can now be enjoyed during the summer months, and Upnor Castle's ancient and atmospheric halls are proving to be a very popular venue for weddings.New for 2012! Interactive displays and new history boards.
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“cobbled street” (14 reviews)
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Upnor Castle High Street, Rochester ME2 4XG, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Walked down beautiful Upnor high street to visit this historic castle and had a great time with my husband and 2 children who are 5 and 8. They enjoyed the quiz and also dressing up. We all found it very interesting and thoroughly enjoyed it

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Upnor Castle is one of the Medway's best kept secrets, and is a better place to visit than Rochester Castle IMO. It's more of a fort than a castle, but it's position on the river offers great views and the castle itself is quite well...More

Thank Joe R
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It may not be the most astounding historical site, but on a sunny day it is a pleasant location to while away an hour or so. The castle story focuses on the 1667 Dutch raid and is told through displays around the site. There is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here as part of our English heritage membership. It’s a lovely little castle, the exhibits provided an interesting account of the Dutch raid on Medway in 1667. It is only very small and you can look round in about an hour but, next...More

Thank samstone80
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upnor Caslte is well signposted and easy to find. It has a free carpark and you walk down picturesque Upnor High street to the Castle on the left. You first see the barracks where the soldiers stayed. History well displayed on boards give an insight...More

Thank Ute L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle stands at the end of an attractive narrow road lined with weather-boarded cottages. Built 1559-67 to protect the Chatham Dockyards and the Navy ships anchored in the Medway, it is a sturdy rectangular block flanked by circular turrets. Attacked by the Dutch in...More

Thank john g
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Turned up on what happened to be the day of the Dutch siege in 1667, so were lucky to be there for a re enactment by Prince Rupert's Blew Regiment of Foote. These guys were great and added to the atmosphere of the fort.The fort...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

I really love this place. I’d not been for over 20 years - it was my third visit. It’s a nice spot next to the river and at the end of a pretty village high street. It’s an attractive looking castle and well built up...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Good for a visit with the children. Towers to climb, staircases to follow up and down and cannon and cannon balls to sit on. My two loved it. Take a picnic and sit looking out over the Medway.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Small car park at the top of a very pretty village that has some run down bits. Reasonably priced to visit and friendly staff to take your money and explain the layout. Not the best location for wheel chairs as there are plenty of steps...More

Thank AlanJames66
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milnealison6cows2018
15 July 2018|
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Response from john g | Reviewed this property |
There is a small 'shop' in the ticket office which sells small items - booklets, etc. To be honest, I did not look at them. Phone them. The young woman in charge is very helpful and talkative. She will be delighted to... More
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Hania E
14 May 2017|
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Response from Stuart R | 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
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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
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