Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, Kalutara: Hours, Address, Richmond Castle Reviews: 4/5

Richmond Castle
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Malwana
Colombo, Sri Lanka218 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This wax built in 1900-1910. This was belongs to Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva. This was built similar to a castle in India. In this Palace air conditioning system, sound proof walls are amazing technologies. Since they didn’t have children this was converted to a children’s home.
Written March 17, 2020
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Ken S
Diss, UK376 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
The word 'castle' is really a misnomer - it is a mansion and famous for its architectural features and build during the period from 1889 to 1947. It is an estate of 42 acres and built by a wealthy landowner turned philanthropist, Padikara Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena. Queen Mary from England attended his wedding. The building once served as the home of high ranking officials of the British Administrative Service.

It was the last will of the owner that the mansion be used as a Orphanage for boys which today uses part of the place. It is also used for community activities of the area. Tourists are welcome to see round the mansion, which contains several very interesting photographs.
Written June 4, 2013
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Yesanotherholiday
Gloucestershire, UK25 contributions
Oct 2017
Must have been an amazing house in its heyday. Still worth a look now and does not take too long. Cheap as well.
Written November 4, 2017
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DINESH SRI CHANDRASEKARA
Colombo, Sri Lanka35 contributions
Nov 2019
Amazing place to visit . Could not imagine how much money and effort would have gone in to building such a magnificent castle , long years ago .. very interesting story behind the castle though the end is very sad .
Written December 31, 2019
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daljitgharial
London, UK34 contributions
Aug 2019
One of the few places around Kalutara to visit though the 500 LKR entrance vs 50 LKR for locals was a little off putting. Anyway we proceeded with 1 ticket and 2 of our party waited where the tour starts.
The guide speaks good english and explains the history as she conducts the tour.
The building could do with some level of renovation even if just painting the outside.
It can be difficult to get transport from the Castle so bear that in mind when planning your travel there.
Written August 29, 2019
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Mano W
Killara, Australia33 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We had an excellent guided tour by one of the wardens of the property. She made us feel as if we were living in a more gracious glamorous time in this beautiful old house. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Some interesting architectural details - he House was cooled by holes in the foundations which allowed cool air to circulate under the house and escape through small holes in the floors; little wedge-shaped openings in the roof allowed for cool air to circulate but kept rain out or birds from flying inside; the walls are 2-foot thick to provide natural insulation; a beautiful spiral staircase to a private viewing gallery overlooking the ballroom is not to be missed.
The only negative was the road leading up to the car park and House - it needed to be resurfaced as it was riddled with pot holes.
Written January 6, 2019
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davidj0d0nnell
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK58 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Old colonial house and gardens. Worth the trip. It was about 20 minutes took took ride from hotel. Also went to local waterfalls.
Written December 20, 2018
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shelley j
Shrewsbury, UK28 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Big old house needs lots to preserve it , but still interesting with personal guide to explain about it small school in the grounds and lovely gardens.
Written November 10, 2018
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TravelCriticWales
Swansea385 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Despite some twenty visits to Sri Lanka, many to this area, we had not heard of Richmond Castle. Eranda, the tuk-tuk driver we have used for many years (and who has since become a good friend) recommended a visit here. We have learned to rely on his judgement and set off the next morning from our hotel in Ahungalla for the short trip to Kalutara.
We loved the place. The lady conducting the guided tour had a good sense of humour and was very knowledgeable. It is true that parts of the building are a bit run down, but that does not really detract from the experience. There are very few places like this left in Sri Lanka and if you are staying in the general area I would recommend a visit here.
(Incidentally, if you are looking for a reliable tuk-tuk driver, you can contact Eranda on Whatsapp +94 77 664 1538. He is based at Ahungalla - ideal if you are staying at the Heritance there.)
Written August 26, 2018
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Bartosz P
28 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We have rent bikes in hotel and went to castle. Buliding is really worth seeing. It has been owned by musaliyar family. Nowadays is delapidated. Ticket is 500 rubis for foreginers :)
Written January 5, 2018
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