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10 amazing castles in Kent

PUBLISHED: 12:53 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:25 24 October 2016

Scotney Old Castle (Terry Lawrence, Thinkstock)

Scotney Old Castle (Terry Lawrence, Thinkstock)

Terry Lawrence

Kent has many castles and stately homes, but we have hand selected the ten best castles in Kent for you to visit

Leeds Castle

The stunning, moated Leeds Castle has a long history and has had many different roles. It has been the home of royalty, a stronghold and finally today it is a one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the country. Wonderfully preserved, visitors can go inside the castle and revel in the historical decor imagining life nearly 900 years in the past.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is the largest castle in England and one with a fascinating past that may go back almost 2000 years. The tunnels were converted into air raid shelters during the Second World War and are nearly three miles long. There is a lot to be discovered at Dover Castle.

Hever Castle

The childhood home of Anne Boleyn and nearly 700 years old, Hever Castle is a breathtaking building that will immerse you in the past. With tapestries, fine furnishings, and paintings inside, you will feel like you have been transported back in time at Hever Castle.

Rochester Castle

The 113-foot keep of Rochester Castle, built by the Archbishop of Canterbury William de Corbeilin in 1127, is wonderfully preserved and stands proud near the River Medway in Rochester. Nowadays there are lots of events taking place on the grounds of Rochester Castle including falconry, medieval combat shows, and much more.

Tonbridge Castle

The Grade I listed Tonbridge Castle and gatehouse are wonderfully preserved and restored buildings. With lots of educational features for children to enjoy including tours of the gatehouse and castle, medieval life will be brought into the present at Tonbridge Castle.

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle was built by King Henry VIII and has many features to explore including artwork and furniture, the basement, gun ports, canons and much more. There are also gorgeous gardens to see which have been recently restored and are full of colour during summer.

Deal Castle

Located on the beautiful Kent coast, Deal Castle has an elaborate architectural design that makes it unique. Visitors to this coastal fort can explore the dark passages that run underneath it and peruse the outside whilst admiring the structure that makes Deal Castle so different.

Upnor Castle

The peaceful surroundings of Upnor Castle do not reflect its colourful past: redeveloped in 1599 to protect warships, there was a battle in which the Dutch tried burning the fleet. Nowadays you can enjoy the calm and quiet of the castle located in a village and set on the banks of the River Medway.

Canterbury Castle

The ruin of Canterbury Castle is a popular tourist destination for people visiting Canterbury. The ancient Norman castle was built by William the Conqueror starting in 1070. There is a lovely garden surrounding the ruins, a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon.

Scotney Castle

Scotney is truly a fairytale castle: set in a picturesque garden surrounded by woodland that spans nearly 800 acres. The 14th century Scotney Castle has all the features of a picture book house with a moat and colourful garden that is the epitome of tranquillity and grandeur. You will be lost in the romance of Scotney.

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