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Upnor Castle

Upnor Castle was built in 1559 to protect the Queen's navy when moored in Chatham Reach and later enlarged at the end of the 16th century.

Subsequently it was converted into a magazine establishment in the late-17th century after the Dutch raid on the Medway.

The castle was designed by Sir Richard Lee, the foremost English military engineer of his day.

Accounts of the first building campaign extend to 1564. The Upnor Castle was enlarged in 1599-1601 when it took on its present shape.

In 1623, eighteen guns of various sizes were mounted and the castle saw action during the Dutch raid on the Medway in 1667.

Following that attack, the defences of the Medway were changed radically and in 1668 Upnor was ordered to be converted into 'a Place of Stores and Magazine'.

This use continued until 1827. Soon after 1718, a separate barrack was built for the garrison close to the village street.

In 1891 Upnor and its depot was transferred from the War Office to the Admiralty and became part of the Naval Armament Supply Department

Upnor Castle later became an ordnance laboratory and in 1961 it became a national monument and is now cared for by English heritage.

Upnor Castle Visits

The Upnor Castle is a rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort and it is open for visits.

Adult ticket: £5.50, Child ticket: £3.50 and a Family Ticket: £14.50. For opening times visit the official website.

Contact details:
Tel: 01634 718742 or 01634 338110 when castle is closed.

Upnor Castle Map&Location

Upnor Castle is located in Upper Upnor, Rochester, Kent ME2 4XG, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Upnor Castle Photos

Photos by Loz Pycock - Click on the images to enlarge
Upnor Castle entrance
Upnor Castle site

Upnor Castle walls

Upnor Castle walls