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Early Easter means more time at local attractions

Date: 10/03/2008           Category: Tourism

This year Easter is earlier than usual which means longer opening hours for some of Medway's attractions. From Good Friday, 21 March, Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle will be open 10am to 6pm, giving visitors more time to enjoy these historic buildings. Why not take advantage of the longer hours and visit Rochester Castle, known as one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. It has a chequered history having been subjected to siege three times. In 1215 it was partly demolished by King John who gained entry by undermining the south-east tower using the fat of 40 pigs to set fire to the pit props. Today, visitors can see the rebuilt round tower, contrasting with the square towers of the original Norman structure. Admission to Rochester Castle is £4 adults, £3 concessions/children. Visit Upnor Castle, built for the protection of Queen Elizabeth I's warships anchoring in the Medway, where an Easter egg hunt will take place over the Easter weekend. Answer the family-friendly quiz to find the eggs hidden around the castle grounds. The hunt will cost 50p plus normal admission, £4.50 adults, £3.50 concessions/children. These are not the only attractions open over the Easter weekend, the Guildhall Museum will be open on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday (21, 22 and 23 March) 10am to 4.30pm. Admission is free. Temple Manor, Knight Road, Strood, a 13th century house of the KnightsTemplar, also opens on Easter Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 March from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is holding a Medway Festival of Steam and Transport event on Easter Sunday and Monday, 23 and 24 March. There will be 600 transport exhibits including cars, steam rollers, shire horses, vintage buses and police cars, also a Vintage fun fair and family entertainment. Admission £11 adults, £8.50 concession, £7.50 children. The country parks will be celebrating Easter with bunny hunts at Riverside Country Park on Good Friday, 21 March and Capstone Farm Country Park on Easter Monday, 24 March. For more information visit www.medway.gov.uk/tourism