Severndroog Castle
Severndroog Castle
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Severndroog Castle is an elegantly preserved Gothic tower situated on Shooter’s Hill, one of the highest points in London. From our Viewing Platform, you will be captivated by the spectacular 360° view of the capital and beyond. This historic Grade II*-listed 18th-century folly is nestled in ancient woodland, making it a beautiful hidden gem to explore away just a short trip from central London. The Tea Room is open Thursday to Sunday and Viewing Platform every Sunday.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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KittyBeeCole
London, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A hidden gem in SE London nestled in Oxleas' Woods. Living at the bottom of the woods, just below the castle, we regularly walk up here for a coffee and a cake before of after our walk. Michelle and her team are lovely and the food is delicious. The cakes are to die for and the savoury food is yummy. Both my children love to visit and we've never been disappointed. They especially love the children's hot chocolate, the brownies and the ice-creams during the summer. Definitely worth a stop and the view from the tower is stunning.
Written August 30, 2021
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Melissa H
London, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Lovely woods, great for a walk. 2 cafes located on opposite sides of the woods. Be aware that the front car park located by the castle closes at 4pm. We got locked in as there no signs letting us know!
Written February 6, 2022
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Snowdrop683
Norwich, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
This is a great little trip out. It costs £4 to go to the top of the folly and there are some amazing views of London. On a clear day it's possible to see over 30 miles away to Windsor Castle. The volunteer staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and provide binoculars to make the most of the views whilst pointing out key landmarks. There's also a nice little cafe on the ground floor. The coffee is excellent although the cakes are quite overpriced. It's the perfect place for dog walkers too and the car park is free.
Written July 24, 2022
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Hi Snowdrop, Thank you for such a lovely review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the feedback regarding the cake pricing. We are changing the way the Tearoom works in January and will take this feedback on board.
Written August 26, 2022
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Esher Sansom
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Today, when we visited sevendroog castle, we received a very warm welcome from Michele at the cafe. The food was delicious and the coffees were perfect. They have vegan alternatives which are just as delicious. The atmosphere is wonderful and very pet friendly.
Written September 16, 2021
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dacabs
Winston Park, South Africa491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The Severndroog Castle tearoom is under new management. It is open 9-4 Thursdays - Sundays. Friendly folk, great coffee and delicious snacks. Sit in the courtyard or on the benches and enjoy the view
Tour this amazing small castle in Oxleas Woods. Great history. Amazing views from the top on a clear day. Highly recommended
Written April 17, 2023
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JasmineBassi
London, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My visit to Severndroog Castle was overall positive. It was a lovely day and had several nature trails attached to the location. The cafe is excellent and the location has a great view at the top. To my knowledge it is a very reasonable price for a wonderful day out
Written March 30, 2020
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Feizal
Greater London, UK137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
A wonderful folly hidden in Castle woods which is part of Oxleas wood. Rich with history and accesible from Shooters Hill famous for a dark past of highwaymen such as Dick Turpin.
The ancient woodland is full of characterful trees and popular with dog walkers.
Written January 10, 2020
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Thank you for your visit to Severndroog Castle and for taking the time to write us a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written January 31, 2020
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Kim G
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Despite a drizzly, cloudy day, so worth a visit. The views must be magnificent in a clear day. Great knowledgeable, volunteer staff. The cafe staff lovely with great homemade treats. Fantastic piece of history on our south east London doorstep. Looking forward to open air events in summer.
Written March 13, 2022
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Thank you for your review, Kim. It is a fantastic piece of history, you're right!
Written August 26, 2022
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Brian T
London, UK8,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
I've lived in London for nearly 22 years and only found out about this little hidden gem a few days ago. Is it a castle? It certainly looks like one, but it probably isn't in the true sense of the definition, as it was only built in the 1780s and not in the Middle Ages; nor is it fortified, and nor was it built by European nobility. Is it a belvedere? Yes; it's a striking architectural structure built atop Shooter's Hill to take advantage of an outstanding view. Is it a folly? Definitely not, according to one of the volunteers at the castle. It was built with a specific purpose in mind by Lady James of Eltham, as a memorial to her husband Sir William James.
Really, it doesn't actually matter whatever you see the structure as, because it's quite a delightful spot to visit. Here's some practicalities to help you with your decision to visit:
1. It's located in the south eastern corner of London, and is quite a hike from Central London. But it's not a difficult journey by any means. The 486 bus from North Greenwich Underground Station (Jubilee Line) or the 89 bus from Lewisham (Rail Station and Docklands Light Rail) will get you there easily. Alight at the Memorial Hospital, cross to the hospital side of the road, walk back a hundred yards, and you'll see the signposted path / driveway to the castle.
2. There is parking a short walk from the castle. The path to the castle is wheelchair accessible, but the castle is not. There's about 90 stairs to climb to reach the outside viewing platform, and there is no lift!
3. Entrance fee is £3.00, £2.50 for Seniors.
4. There's actually not a great deal to see inside the castle. There's a couple of nicely restored rooms, but there's very little on display. One room is used for a 10 minute talk by one of the volunteers on the life and times of the castle.
5. So why visit? The 360 degree view from the top is outstanding, and you will see many familiar London landmarks. The view is certainly worth the trek to South East London, and the climb up the stairs! If the castle is busy, you're limited to 10 minutes on the viewing platform. Make sure you visit on a fine day, and take a zoom lens!
6. Check the castle's website for opening hours before you go. It's only open on Thursday, Friday and Sunday each week, and only for four hours at a time.
7. There's a very nice tea room on the ground floor, with indoor and outdoor seating. There's a toilet facility by the tea room.
8. The castle is set in beautiful grounds in Oxleas Wood, with many walking paths (some steep). The woods themselves are a delight to wander. Being early spring when I visited, the woods were awash with daffodils.
9. The castle is staffed by volunteers. They were informative, helpful, and obliging.
Enjoy your visit! I did!
Written March 20, 2017
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Urbanlogger
London Uk43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Who needs a drone to look down and across London, when you can climb up this restored folly, that already sits on the top of Shooters Hill in South East London. Originally built by the wife of a local 18th century mercenary to celebrate some scrape he extricated himself from. Beautifully restored and now managed by a local trust for all who wish to visit.
Written December 14, 2014
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