Upnor Castle

One Of Kent's Best Examples Of An Elizabethan Artillery Fort In Strood

Welcome to our Upnor Castle page, it's one of the many historical attractions connected to the Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham. If you've been to this Castle we welcome your comments. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. For more places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.

Queen Elizabeth I commissioned Upnor Castle to help protect the fleet at Chatham, the land was purchased for £25 and building was completed in 1567. It was one of the first castles in Kent that was protected by an angular bastion system, that juts out into the river Medway. At its peak the Castle had 18 guns to defend the river. During a Dutch raid in 1667 Upnor unfortunately proved inadequate in protecting the ships at Chatham, many British warships were burned or captured. Historians suggest the failure of Upnor during the Dutch raid had more to do with the long standing lack to pay and equipment to Upnor and the Military Dockyard.

In 1668 the castle was downgraded from a fortress to a "magazine", supplying gunpowder to warships at the dock.

This castle is in the picturesque village of Upper Upnor and offers a great day out for all the family. There are various displays, including a fascinating audio visual presentation which recounts the story of the Dutch raid.

Opening times 2012

1 October - 4 November

  • Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

5 November 2012 - 28 March 2013

  • Closed

Prices 2012

  • English Heritage Member Free
  • Adult £5.65
  • Child £3.60
  • Concession £3.60
  • Family Ticket £15

Facilities & Access

Limited free parking is available in the village a short distance away, the Castle has an English Heritage shop that sells a range of drinks and snacks. There are toilets on site and a picnic area on site. There is limited disabled access to the grounds with a ramp to the lower magazine. Audio tours are available in English, French and Dutch. Assistance dogs are welcome and push chairs are allowed.

Location & Contact

  • Upnor Castle, Upper Upnor, Kent, ME2 4XG
  • 01634 718742
  • www.english-heritage.org.uk

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