Published: Friday, 23rd July 2021

Set in picturesque grounds, overlooking the River Medway, Upnor Castle was originally built on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I in 1559 as a gun fort to defend her warships at anchor in the reaches of the Medway and Chatham Dockyard.

Upnor Castle will welcome back visitors from Wednesday, 28 July, between 10am and 4pm.

We are very proud of Medway’s rich cultural heritage

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are excited to welcome residents and visitors back to Upnor Castle, just in time for the school summer holidays. With a history spanning from 1559 to modern day, including one of the first purpose-built barrack blocks, there’s lots to take in and it’s a great place to take children to teach them about the history on their doorstep. Medway boasts a wide range of historic gems including Rochester Castle and The Guildhall Museum in Rochester, which are both looking forward to welcoming visitors this summer. We are very proud of Medway’s rich cultural heritage which supports Medway’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. Winning UK City of Culture 2025 would allow us to write a new and exciting chapter in Medway’s history. It would also create a legacy of opportunities for Medway’s young people, which supports our aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do.”  

Upnor Castle’s opening hours are between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Last admission at 3.15pm.

Rochester Castle, The Guildhall Museum and the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester reopened in May.

To find out more about Upnor Castle, and to discover more of Medway’s heritage attractions, visit the Visit Medway website. 


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