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a Castle in the town of Rochester, in the county of Kent

About Upnor Castle

The romantic ruins of this fabled centuries old fortress occupies one of the most delightful sites in England. The castle was originally built at the side of the River Medway on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I, in the year 1559. It was intended as a gun castle to defend the war ships anchored in the Medway and at Chatham Dockyard. Just over a hundred years later the Dutch sailed up the Medway and unfortunately the castle was not strong enough to mount a successful challenge. When the Dutch left they had destroyed a large number of ships and caused a great deal of destruction to England's defences.

This attractive turreted castle is made more picturesque by its beautiful setting. It is backed by breathtaking wooded hills and fronted by the silvery waters of an ancient river which centuries ago witnessed gunfire, yet today is perfectly tranquil and alive with pretty river-craft and wildlife species. The castle is open for viewing from March until the end of October when you can explore the massive gatehouse and the main body of the building whilst listening to a guided tour provided by back-ground sound.

To complete your visit take a peep at the village, it is a warm, pretty place with a relaxed atmosphere.

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