Published: Wednesday, 26th August 2020

The picturesque castle will welcome visitors back as part of phased reopening of heritage attractions.

Upnor Castle is set to reopen to the public on Saturday, 29 August as part of our phased reopening of our heritage attractions. 

Medway’s families and visitors have been able to safely enjoy visiting heritage attractions across Medway throughout the school summer holidays, including our popular tourist sites which started to reopen from 4 July in line with the government’s easing of coronavirus restrictions. 

New social distancing measures have been put in place at all of our heritage attractions to help protect visitors and staff. These measures include limiting the number of visitors at a time and accepting card payments only. 

NHS Test and trace

Visitors to council attractions across Medway will be asked to supply their name, email, phone number and postcode. These details will be kept for 21 days and will be handed to the national test and trace system if needed, as part of the government’s response to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives. 

Visiting Upnor Castle

The entrance gates to Upnor Castle, in Upper Upnor, will be opened at 10am on Saturday, 29 August

The castle’s opening hours have been reduced to Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am and 5pm, with last admission at 4.30pm. Upnor Castle will be open to visitors on bank holiday Monday (31 August).

Visitors to Upnor Castle can park in nearby pay and display car parks.

Medway’s heritage attractions

The Guildhall Museum, Medway’s Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street and Rochester Art Gallery are all open to the public. 

Rochester Castle is currently closed to the public while essential maintenance work is carried out. The castle will remain closed until the works are completed but residents are still able to enjoy the castle grounds. 

Eastgate House, Temple Manor and the Brook Pumping Station will remain closed until further notice.

Visitors are asked to check the new social distancing measures which have been put in place at our heritage attractions before arriving.

‘Picturesque castle set alongside the River Medway’

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am delighted that Medway’s picturesque castle set alongside the River Medway in Upnor will be reopened to visitors this bank holiday weekend. Upnor Castle is a truly special heritage attraction, which is enjoyed by all the family. Council staff have put new measures in place to enable social distancing and safely allow visitors back through the castle gates.

“Medway is steeped in history and families have a fantastic choice of places to visit before the school summer holidays come to an end. Our heritage attractions will remain open after the schools have gone back for the public to continue enjoying and learning about Medway’s rich historic links.”

Read further details on NHS Test and Trace.

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