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A fairytale setting for weddings

Date: 26/03/2008           Category: Tourism

Set your special day against a backdrop of almost 500 years of history in one of England's truly timeless places. Upnor Castle, is located in a picturesque waterfront village, backed by rolling, wooded hills and fronted by a water bastion jutting out into the River Medway. Built in 1559, to defend the warships of Queen Elizabeth I, the castle offers a magical backdrop to wedding photographs. Couples seeking somewhere special to tie the knot can visit the venue on Sunday, 30 March 2008 when the castle hosts an open day. Between 11am–3pm, there will be a chance to see how the room where civil ceremonies and partnerships take place is set out. The castle’s custodian and the registrar will be available to talk to couples about their arrangements. Upnor Castle is a nationally important example of Tudor defence work by the leading Elizabethan engineer, Richard Lee who also built the fortress at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The castle is the earliest of the sequence of defences built to protect the Royal Dockyard at Chatham and the fleet anchorages of the River Medway. In 1688, the castle became a magazine, storing more gunpowder than the Tower of London at one stage. The attractive village of Upnor grew up around the castle and has managed to retain many of its semi-rural features today. For more information about Upnor Castle, phone 01634 338110 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/tourism