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Featured Kent Historic Castles

Allington Castle
2 miles north-west of Maidstone Built in the 11th century, but in 1281 a stone castle was built, converted to a mansion in the 15th century. In 1600 a fire left only enough for a farmhouse. Following restoration, in 1951 it was taken over by the Carmelite order. The castle is not open to the public.>> More Information
Deal Castle
At Deal, 9 miles north-east of Dover Built to protect the southern coast by Henry VIII, the castle consists of six bastions in the form of a tower with an outer wall to protect it. It was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War and when it was attacked by Parliamentarians suffered extensive damage. In World War II it was bombed.>> More Information
Dover Castle
off A2 at Dover Facing threats from Europe, the castle has always been part of Britain's defence since the Romans. William the Conqueror strengthened fortifications and Henry II reconstructed it. In the Napoleonic wars the castle was altered and in World War II heavy guns were mounted over the harbour.>> More Information
Hever Castle
3 miles south-east of Edenbridge, off B2026 Dating from 1340 Ann Boleyn grew up and was courted by Henry VIII here. After she was beheaded, the castle was taken by the Crown. In 1903, William Waldorf Astor bought it, and a mock Tudor village was built, with gardens landscaped in an Italian style.>> More Information
Leeds Castle
5 miles east of Maidstone, off A20 Its first owner Leed or Ledian, Chief Minister of the King of Kent, constructed a wooden stronghold and a Norman castle followed. A favourite of Henry VIII, it was given to Sir Anthony St Ledger and has been inhabited since. Capability Brown designed the garden and parkland.>> More Information
Rochester Castle
10 miles north of Maidstone, off M2 One of the first stone built castles, constructed by the Bishop of Rochester in 1090. Restored after two sieges,it was damaged again in 1264. Repaired by Edward III and improved by Richard II, it was then allowed to decay.18th century demolition plans were not carried out, leaving it as you see today.>> More Information
Just south of Deal Built to protect the coast, the residence of the Warden of The Cinque Ports.>> More Information
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