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Upnor Castle

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

Heritage Summer trails.


Visit Upnor Castle this summer and start your quest to collecting the many Heritage badges at our sites! Learn the history of these iconic sites while working towards your collection of badges this summer!


learn more about the summer trails here.


Due to events at the castle, the site will be closed on the following dates:


 5th August, 13th August, 10th September


Upcoming events and activities:

3rd August- Changeling Theatre with The Importance of Being Earnest (evening)

8th/9th October-42nd Highlander's demonstration

Upnor Castle Outdoor Theatre Performances.

Come and experience some brilliant outdoor theatre performances at Upnor Castle this Summer. 

3rd Aug: The Importance of being Earnest

5th Aug: The Three Musketeers


Situated on the banks of the River Medway, this attractive turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area backed by rolling, wooded hills.

Upnor Castle was originally built on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I in 1559 as a gun fort to defend her warships at anchor in the reaches of the Medway and Chatham Dockyard.

Although the castle was an important link in the defence line, it was not well maintained and proved ineffective when the Dutch, under the command of Admiral de Ruyter, sailed up the Medway in June 1667 to attack the dockyard. The enemy fleet met very little resistance and when it left two days later, it had destroyed or captured a large number of the Royal Navy ships anchored at Chatham.

The Dutch Raid
Watch this short film on the 1667 Dutch invasion on Chatham.

An audio-visual interpretation in English and Dutch tells the story of this raid in graphic manner, showing how the enemy ships breached the river defences, sailing on up the river to destroy much of the British fleet.

The gatehouse and main body of the castle are open for viewing and for a nominal charge.

Download our Battle of Medway Guide (pdf)

Download our Dutch Raid Children's Education Activity Booklet (pdf)

Download our Dutch Raid Children's Education Activity Booklet Answer Sheet (pdf)




Adults: £7.40

Children: £3.20

Concessions: £5.30

Family: £21.20

English Heritage Members and under 5s: Free

  • Adult group (11+ people) £6.30 per person
  • Child group (11+) £2.70 per child

Joint attraction tickets:

  • Admission to Upnor Castle, Rochester Castle and Eastgate House Adult £15.50, Senior £10.35, Child £6.80, Family £37.80

Joint tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

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Opening Times

Upnor Castle is open Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am and 6pm, with last admission at 5.15pm until 30 September. During October, Upnor Castle is open Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am and 4pm, with last admission at 3.15pm.

Audio tours
Coaches welcome
Credit cards accepted
Gift shop
Groups welcome
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