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Canterbury Norman Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PR, England
Phone Number: 01227 378 100
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The castle is in ruins but is well signed and free. The history is explained well and the atmosphere takes you right into the Middle Ages. It is well worth spending an hour to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The castle is in ruins but is well signed and free. The history is explained well and the atmosphere takes you right into the Middle Ages. It is well worth spending an hour to see.

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Canterbury
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is the sort of ruin that a lot of locals simply drive or walk by every day of the week without a second glance, which is a shame. There is a large grassed area outside the keep which is ideal for a picnic or simply catching a few moments of peace and quiet in. The Keep itself has been... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

There's not much to see here but if you are in the area it's worth popping into. It gives you a bit of the Norman history here.

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The big architecture draw here is the Cathedral. But the Norman Castle is also an important part of this town's history. If you have time, it's worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Peace in a commercialised city. An old ruin with a pleasant garden to sit in and NOTHING else. Bliss. Lots of birds roosting inside and lots of ferns and flowers in the rock. An unspoiled gem. My kids would have loved playing here when they were young.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Also known as Canterbury Castle, it's is a Norman castle that dates back to 1066, when William the Conqueror was busy conquering England. King Henry I then turned that lowly wooden castle into the fancy stone castle that stands today. Of course, it’s not standing too fancy, and (according to wikipedia) here’s one of the reasons why: "By the 19th... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is open ruin, in the sense that one can enter dawn to dusk and there is no fee. The castle was not long used to defend the city, but got several other purposes during its lifetime, one being a prison, the other being part of a gas factory. Stories about all its purposes and inhabitants are told through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I LOVED this spot in Canterbury. Absolutely stunning. It is a ruin of an old castle, but the rustic aesthetic is in many ways more appealing than the more highly touted cathedral. My 13 year old liked climbing the stasis and peering out over the center...worth the walk out to it...and it is free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It is not often that entrance to a castle is FREE, although it must be said that the inside is open and empty. The walls however are impressive and with some imaginative information boards around the site, it all comes to light and credit must be given to those who sought to illuminate the building's rich history. The castle was... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I love these types of castle. Hidden kind of unloved and importantly free. Some places charge a ridiculous fee for empty ruins so let's hope English Heritage don't get hold of it, tart it up and charge. I thought the info boards sufficent. I agree it is almost an after thought. It's on a busy road because it was built... More 

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Address: Address: Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PR, England
Phone Number: 01227 378 100
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury

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