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Tonbridge Castle - Short History

The Tonbridge Castle was built on the north bank of the Medway beside a ford and close to the present bridge.

Tonbridge Castle was in existence by 1088 when it was captured by William II.

The masonry defences and shell keep on the motte were probably built in stone during the 13th century.

The great gatehouse overlooking the town has close similarities with another Clare gatehouse at Caerphilly Castle and was probably built around 1265.

Richard FitzGilbert was given the honour of Clare by the Conqueror and Tonbridge was the caput of the de Clares' Surrey and West Kent estates.

The castle was dismantled by order of Parliament in 1646.

From that time on, Tonbridge Castle went through various hands continuing in its demise, until 1739, it’s then owner, John Hooker, sold much of the stonework for construction of locks and bridges on the River Medway.

A mansion house was built onto the side of the castle, which was built by his son, Thomas Hooker in 1791.

The property has been a military academy in the 1860s, then a boy’s prep school, until 1897, when the trustees sold it to the Council.

Tonbridge Castle Visitor Information

Tonbridge Castle is open for public.

An adult ticket is £6.80, a children ticket is £3.90 and a family is £19.50

For Group visits of min 10 person there is a 10% discount. Guided tours must be booked in advanced.

There are audio tours available also in French, Dutch, German and Spanish.

For more information about the opening hours contact the Info Centre: Tel: 01732  770929, Email: or visit the official website.

Tonbridge Castle Map&Location

Tonbridge Castle address: 89 High St, Tonbridge TN9 1DR, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Tonbridge Castle Photos

Photos by Kol Tregaskes
Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge Castle view
Photos by Andrew M Butler

Tonbridge Castle courtyard

Tonbridge Castle tower

garden Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle gate