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Tonbridge Castle - map
Tonbridge Castle.The Doomsday book of 1087 refers to Tonbridge Castle which was owned by Richard de Tonebridge. The Castle was made useless as a fort after the Civil war of 1642-1650.
The castle stands in 14 acres of spectacular grounds that are open free of charge to the public. The grounds are readily accessible and visitors can wander at their own pace along the trail that winds around the motte and bailey site.

Venue: Tonbridge, TN9 1BG

Tel: 01732 770 929
Fax: 01732 770 449

Eynsford Castle - map
Eynsford Castle.Dating back to the 11th century, the remains of one of the earliest stone castles in England can be seen in the village of Eynsford. Simple in plan, the original castle was built by William de Eynsford and consisted of a stone structure, located within a bailey and enclosed by a curtain wall. Various 12th century buildings were contained in the bailey, but the most important comprised the living accommodation and a large hall situated on the first floor. Today, only the massive walls of the undercroft remain. Large, craggy sections of the curtain wall have survived, some standing to a height of 30ft, and evidence of the latrines can be found along them.

Venue: Eynsford Castle, Eynsford
Dartford, DA4 0JF
Tel: 01793 414910

Lullingstone Castle - map
Lullingstone Castle.Lullingstone Castle was once frequented by Henry VIII and Queen Anne. The house contains fine state rooms, portraits and armour. The Tudor gate house was one of the earliest in England to be built entirely of brick. The Church contains a fine Tudor rood-screen and family monuments. In the grounds there is a Herb Garden and Plant Stall.
Venue: Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford,
Dartford DA4 0JA
Tel: 01322 862 114
Fax: 01322 862 115

Richborough Roman Fort - map
Richborough Roman Fort. Richborough Fort is a Roman fort built on the site of the Roman landing of AD43. The walls were added in 287 together with an 80 foot high arch. The earthworks themselves were added in the third century when the arch became a coastal signal tower watching for pirates. The huge stone walls were added in the late third century when the site became what is known as a Saxon Shore Fort, guarding the coast against marauders. After the fall of the Roman Empire, an early Christian site was established within the abandoned fort walls.
Venue: Richborough Roman Fort,
Sandwich, CT13 9JW
Tel: 01304 612013


Chiddingstone Castle - map
Chiddingstone Castle.Chiddingstone Castle was created by the efforts of two men. In 1805 Henry Streatfield rebuilt his ancestral home in the fashionable Georgian Gothic style and in 1955 the house was bought by Denys Eyre Bower, who filled the building with his varied and fascinating collections. Chiddingstone Castle is set in a 35 acre park with magnificent views of the Weald.
Venue: Chiddingstone Castle,
Nr Edenbridge, TN8 7AD
Tel: 01892 870347

Allington Castle - map
Allington Castle.Maidstone, (Closed to public)
The first castle on the site was built in the 11th century and probably consisted of a motte with wooden fortifications. In 1281 Stephen of Penchester was granted a licence to crenelate by Edward I and built a stone castle. The oldest part of the castle shows a distinctive herringbone pattern. In the 15th century the castle was converted into a fortified mansion. Although the castle was never attacked or besieged a major fire in around 1600 left only enough of the castle to make a farmhouse. In the early part of the 20th century the castle was restored by the explorer Sir Martin Conway.

Lympne Castle - map
Lympne Castle.Since mediaeval times Lympne Castle has stood guard high on the escarpment gazing out over the Romney Marsh to the English Channel and French coast beyond. Lympne Castle is an imposing, two-storey castellated mansion, formerly the home of the Archdeacon of Canterbury, and features a Great Chamber at either end of the building with a Great Hall situated between them. By the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was near to ruins, but in 1905 Sir Robert Lorimer was commissioned to restore the property. Many of the old features were preserved and incorporated in the rebuilding of this hall-house castle.
Venue: Lympne Castle, Hythe
Tel: 01303 235610
Web: www.lympnecastle.co.uk
Email: info@lympnecastle.co.uk

Westenhanger Castle - map
Stone Street, Westenhanger, Hythe, CT21 4HX
Site of a 14th century quadrangular castle.

Tel: 01227 738223
Web:
www.westenhangercastle.co.uk

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