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Address: Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PR, England
Phone Number: 01227 378 100
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Interesting little gem of Canterbury

We were looking for some interesting places to visit during our day out i Canterbury, and discovered the Norman Castle on the map, just on the outskirts of the City so decided to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Derek D

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love a castle! Visited here with my two young daughters (7 and 9) and thought it was definitely worth the 10-15 minute walk up from the high street. It's quite a small castle as it was used as a 'keep'. Only takes about 15-20 minutes for a look around.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for some interesting places to visit during our day out i Canterbury, and discovered the Norman Castle on the map, just on the outskirts of the City so decided to take the ten minute walk from the centre of the city to have a look. It is a free attraction and there is not a lot to... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's worth walking along the Roman wall to the castle and it's free to get in. It is interesting to see and doesn't take too long as it's a ruin. A worthwhile thing to see.

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ashford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must have passed this castle hundreds of times over the years and never got round to visit always thought it was part of the old wall to be honest. Was pleasantly surprised it is a ruin but still a lot of the keep left to spend an interesting hour. You can climb up to a view point which we nearly... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Soon after 1066 The Normans built Motte And Bailey Castles at Dover,Rochester and here.However,King Henry 1 built the formidable stone castes at each location 1100-1135.They used the old Roman town walls too.By the late 14th century it was a jail.By the late 17th century it was already a ruin and it has now become a roofless shell.The information boards were... More 

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sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The ruined castle itself is great, with good information labels. It was a bit disappointing to see so much rubbish around though. It was obvious that groups of young people go there, with bottles, broken glass, etc scattered around. Needs a bit of a clean up.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

The great Norman Keep (with Roman bricks still evident) now stands ruined. However one can easily spend an hour or more there looking at its construction, the evidence of the anomalous early 19th century gasworks once housed there and climbing up to a viewing spot. Nearby, don't miss the Dane John mound, once part of the castle grounds.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

I went to the castle via the town walls, entrance is free. It is largely a ruin, but still worth a visit. I would recommend about half an hour to see everything.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Free to enter. So value for money. It is just a ruin so don't expect much. Other Norman keeps are nicer. This one is disappointing. The view from the road was funny, there is a 1960s subway to cross the main road right in front of the castle. Call it irony that a derelict castle has it's view spoilt by... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This was a good, quick stop. The castle dates back to William the Conqueror, and it's one of the oldest Norman castles in England. There are no tours or anything, but there are signs explaining the history of the castle, etc. throughout, and you can go inside and poke around a bit. It honestly probably only took about half an... More 

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