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“very interesting castle”
Review of Upnor Castle

Upnor Castle
Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Rochester
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Owner description: Set in tranquil grounds, in the picturesque riverside village of Upnor, stands this rare and wonderfully preserved Elizabethan artillery fortress.Upnor Castle was built in 1559 to defend the navy of Queen Elizabeth I and the nearby Chatham Dockyard. It put up a brave but ineffective fight against the Dutch invasion of the British fleet in 1667 and this dramatic and exciting event is told to today's visitors with an audiovisual experience.After Upnor had served queen and country as a military base it was put to use supplying gunpowder and weapons to the men of war along the river. Open air theatre and battle re-enactments can now be enjoyed during the summer months, and Upnor Castle's ancient and atmospheric halls are proving to be a very popular venue for weddings.New for 2012! Interactive displays and new history boards.
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Perhaps because it was owned by the local authority and not by an individual it is largely intact. Self guided tour with pictures and some artefacts. The highlight, apart from the good views of the Medway, was the light and sound display of the sea battle between the Dutch and the English fleets.

Thank peterofware
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

This very quaint castle on the edge of the Medway is very small, so didn't take long to explore. If you pick a nice day and take a picnic you can probably drag it out for a couple of hours. Prices are a little pricey for what is there (£6), but not too horrendous. If you are already an English Heritage member then all the better.
That said it's a very nice castle set in well maintained gardens with lots of little rooms to explore and stairs to climb to the roof. There are also nice views across the river towards Chatham Dockyard and the outlet.
Also, parking is a few minutes walk away through the very picturesque village of Upnor. You pass by two pubs which may very well extend the length of your visit.

Thank Gary P
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

What a place. My favourite period of history is the 17th century and this was when upnor had its moment. I love the model explaining the Dutch raid on the medway really elaborated on the subject. I had the fun of being the only one in the castle for a while and it was cool and a bit freaky. Especially when I unexpectedly went upstairs and came upon a room full of life size figures, quite stunned at first. Total value for money. The views down and up the medway are stunning. Could have done with a panel explaining what was opposite and down river but hey. It's a real mix , some rooms empty some mocked up. All in all very impressed and so glad I took the time to drive into nowhere to find it. £6 good value.

Thank Dirtbag7
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

Upnor was a complete surprise: Tiny, narrow, cobbled street with 3 pubs, a castle and a view of the Medway. It was a very quiet half term day which made it even more pleasant.

The castle itself has a peaceful feeling and is well kept, though there isn't a great deal to see- to be fair though, we just wandered and didn't use the studio tour. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, as we're the staff in the pub next door where we had a lovely meal. Would definitely recommend if you are in the area and have a spare hour to wander in.

The castle is English a Heritage, so there is the usual charge, unless you already are a member. You can also get married there, so if you're into lovely old buildings and rivers.....

Thank Graycee54
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

I visited Upnor because it looks so fantastic in photographs. Approaching on land is a bit of a non event,however. The history attached to it is limited. If you have an interest in gunpowder making then it would be of more interest. The audio guide is good, although perhaps aimed more at older children or young adults. The village itself is worth walking through as it has several really interesting, quaint houses. There was a wedding on in the castle today so it felt like an intrusion being there really. I spent half an hour at most and didn't feel I'd missed anything. Disappointing visit really.

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