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Hever Castle, kent

Hever Castle, kent

Castles

Of the 100 or so castles in England, more than 30 are in the South East due to the fact that historically the region has always been vulnerable to attack from foreign shores.

Kings and Queens throughout the ages turned South East England into the fortress of Britain, by building some of the most impressive and imposing castles in England. Built to last, the castles make fascinating places to visit and the South East has them in abundance.

Arundel Castle in Sussex looms high on a hill overlooking the town; Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex  set peacefully amongst tranquil and picturesque gardens; Guildford Castle in Surrey has a Norman keep that is almost intact; and one of the most famous castles in England – Windsor Castle – is still inhabited by the monarch of the realm.

Castles in Kent

Great castles of England located in Kent include Leeds Castle, a serene fairytale castle surrounded by a moat and Hever Castle with its spectacular gardens, once home to Anne Boleyn. Finally, saving one of the best until last, Dover Castle sits proudly atop the White Cliffs of Dover and boasts one of the best views from any of the castles in England.

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  1. Add Deal Castle to your Itinerary

    Deal Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    Deal

    Deal Castle is one of the finest artillery works in England; this fortress once carried 119 guns. Now in the care of English Heritage, this castle offers exciting battlements, dark passages and a huge basement to explore.

  2. Add Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum to your Itinerary

    Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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    Castle / Fort

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    Lewes

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex. in Barbican House Museum, explore the archeological history of Sussex and the changing exhibitions in the upper gallery.

  3. Add Hastings Castle and 1066 Story to your Itinerary

    Hastings Castle and 1066 Story

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    Castle / Fort

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    Hastings

    Fragmentary remains of Norman Castle built on West Hill after William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings. 1066 Story interpretation centre in siege tent.

  4. Add Walmer Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Walmer Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

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    Deal

    This castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences. See the Duke of Wellington's room, the reception rooms and magnificent commemorative gardens of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

  5. Add Rochester Castle to your Itinerary

    Rochester Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    Rochester

    One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall. Good views from the battlements over the River Medway.

  6. Add Upnor Castle to your Itinerary

    Upnor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    Rochester

    This attractive, turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area that is backed by rolling, wooded hills. The castle is fronted by a water bastion jutting out into the River Medway.

  7. Add Hever Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Edenbridge

    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  8. Add Bodiam Castle to your Itinerary

    Bodiam Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home.

  9. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Edenbridge

    Home of the collections of Denys Eyre Bower: Japanese, Egyptian, Stuart and Buddhist art and antiquities, set in a stunning Gothic Revival Castle and grounds. Family activities and cafe/tea room also available.

  10. Add Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Arundel Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

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    Arundel

    The towering stately home and fortified castle in the heart of Sussex by the Sea! Open Tuesday 1 April to Sunday 2 November 2014, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays.