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The Castle in Tonbridge dates from the 12th Century and is is a fine example of a motte and bailey castle. The edifice was built on a rise in the land in the town centre so enjoys an imposing position. The walls date from the 12th century and shell of the keep and the huge gatehouse and towers added in the late 13th and early 14th century. Inside the castle walls is a mound that is thought to be the site of an earlier Saxon fort. The Castle was built by Richard Fitz Gilbert (also known as Richard de Clare) and it stayed in his family for several hundred years.
In common with many English castles, Tonbridge saw significant destruction during the English Civil War. A manor house was added to the buildings in the 18th century, this is where the local tourist information centre is based. The site has been owned by the local authority for over a century. The castle is now surrounded by landscaped gardens overlooking the River Medway and there are well organised displays and audio tours of the Gatehouse and rest of the remains. From the battlements of the castle there are wonderful views over the rooftops of the town and along the River Medway.
1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013
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