Upnor Castle

Upnor Castle, Rochester: Address, Phone Number, Upnor Castle Reviews: 4/5

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Set in tranquil grounds, in the picturesque riverside village of Upnor, stands this rare and wonderfully preserved Elizabethan artillery fortress.Upnor Castle was built in 1559 to defend the navy of Queen Elizabeth I and the nearby Chatham Dockyard. It put up a brave but ineffective fight against the Dutch invasion of the British fleet in 1667 and this dramatic and exciting event is told to today's visitors with an audiovisual experience.After Upnor had served queen and country as a military base it was put to use supplying gunpowder and weapons to the men of war along the river. Open air theatre and battle re-enactments can now be enjoyed during the summer months, and Upnor Castle's ancient and atmospheric halls are proving to be a very popular venue for weddings.New for 2012! Interactive displays and new history boards.
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Joanne
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Peaceful
Oct. 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent visit to the castle and I was pleased to see Covid measures in place including wearing masks and social distancing. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and ensured that visitors adhered to the Covid rules. The castle grounds were beautifuly maintained with stunning views over the water.
Written November 22, 2020
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Ed Ed Ed
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Weak compared with other castles
Oct. 2020
Not recommended for three reasons:

1) The staff are over-zealous on social distancing. I am very much in favour of distancing and mask wearing personally, but to be told where and in which order I can walk through the grounds outdoors is excessive when my family was the only visitor for the 40 minutes we were there.
2) The staff are not knowledgeable or enthusiastic about the history of the place at all, they know very little, and view their job as to make sure you stick to the one way system not to ensure you enjoy yourself or learn anything.
3) The buildings are almost empty, almost no displays, a few half-hearted notice boards scattered around.

I would suggest going to one of the two good pubs in Upnor instead, they actually want you to be there. Very attractive little hamlet.
Written November 7, 2020
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JMS
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Medway Council need to chill
Oct. 2020 • Couples
The staff here are trying their best but Medway Council has imposed ridiculous Covid regulations that affect the visit. No one should need a mask outside in the fresh air or be stopped from passing someone in the open air with several metres distance! Totally over the top. We have visited many EH properties since July and none of them are organised like this one.
Written November 1, 2020
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Lee H
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Spoken to like naughty school children by a VERY rude woman who still thinks the Dutch are going to invade again
Oct. 2020 • Family
VERY rude woman at front of house.

Overly zealous social distancing policy.

Staff inside the grounds seemed to be enjoying themselves more than the visitors and were polite and friendly.

Did I mention the VERY rude woman at the entrance?

Wait until restrictions have been lifted before visiting I’d say.

That Woman was VERY rude!
Written October 26, 2020
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Terry L
4 contributions
Absolutely Don't Go
Oct. 2020 • Couples
Totally echo Brian D's experience. Grossly overpriced, what is left of the fortifications have been substantially added to with red brick and plaster, some appears like it's from last week. Run by council control freaks who virtually outnumber the visitors, barking orders whilst playing with their walky talkies like demented SAS. No wonder so few people have heard of it, the pictures massively overstate what you will see. Council SAS so disorganised that we waited 90 minutes to see nothing at all and then were harried out of each part. Disgusting, if English Heritage doesn't improve on things like this it will no longer exist.
Written October 12, 2020
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Brian D
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Don't go!
Sep. 2020
Absolute waste of time and money.
I'm a member so didn't pay but £7.00 is ridiculous for what you get.
All you get to see are a few boards detailing the Dutch raid of 1667.
The rest is bare walls, a cannon, dummy powder kegs and a couple of uninteresting dummies.
Staff over-zealous re social distancing - allowing only one person in a room the size of a church hall!
Not even allowed to picnic, not that I'd advise doing so.
So save yourself money - read up about the raid and stare at a blank concrete wall.
That will give you the Upnor castle experience.
Written September 15, 2020
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NichaUk
UK1,142 contributions
Set up & charges need reviewing
Sep. 2020 • Family
Unlike other places you do not/cannot prebook a time slot. This meant that we queued for an hour as numbers are still of course restricted. The castle is only small and I believe only 3-4 small groups are allowed in at any one time. When we finally got in we were told we could only stay for 45 mins! Full charges still apply £7 per adult, £3.50 per child) , which I do not feel warranted currently.
Parking is free and a short walk through Upnor (pretty village) to the castle. There isn't anything immediately around, so you may wish to tie in with a visit locally to Chatham Docks or Rochester.
Written September 6, 2020
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Resort166402
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Disappointing
Sep. 2020 • Family
Very disappointing! Visited on 1st sep 2020 and live very locally so thought this would be a nice day out for my son his auntie & his cousins. We were greeted by a lady who was blunt and quite frankly rude. Had the format barked at us including wearing masks indoors which in this current climate we have no problem with just should have been worded differently! No cash taken but no signs to state this and no re-entry to the shop after your visit which was also not stated.
At least half of the visit is just old rooms with no explanation of use which was disappointing and the live battle scene which explains the important part Upnor castle played was not working. Also a fair chunk of the castle is closed.
The staff inside the castle were friendly and helpful, however our visit was marred by the First Lady we met.
I appreciate things are different at the moment due to Coronavirus but really hope you work to improve the experience of visiting this local landmark.
Written September 2, 2020
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Graeme H
5 contributions
Unusual
Sep. 2020
An English Heritage site, rather off the beaten track. The castle itself was largely featureless inside but the exhibition regarding a Dutch attack on the castle and English shipping moored nearby was very interesting, not least because it was not something about which I had any previous knowledge.

The staff at the castle were very conscientious about social distancing.
Written September 1, 2020
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sabz86
Leeds, UK45 contributions
A little gem
May 2019 • Family
We had a last minute trip here and it’s not disappointing. It’s filled with information and the kids were given a little map so they could discover clues along the way. This definitely helped them to appreciate it a lot more.
Written February 17, 2020
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