"Stone Castle" Castle Tip by smschley

Castle, Canterbury: 9 reviews and 15 photos


First mentioned in the Domesday book. Canterbury Castle was one of the three original royal castles of Kent built on the main Roman road from Dover to London very soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Walls of the rectangular castle are made from stone and flint and range from 9 to 14ft thick in places. It stands on a platform made from rubble and roman brick and it originally stood 50ft high.

The first floor housed the kings hall and chambers, as well as a large fireplace and its own chapel. There were no ground level entrances to the castle but a staircase (demolished in 1817) gave access to the first floor. There was also a steep stairway down into the cellar from 1st floor.

The castle stood on 4 acres of land surrounded by fortress walls, towers and a defensive ditch. After 1170 the keep became the county jail under the Sheriffs of Kent. It was given up to the invading French in the First Barons' War. In 1380 a new gate was built.

The castle passed into private ownership in 1597, it fell into a bad state of decay. Between 1770 and 1792, the surrounding walls were demolished, the ditch filled in and houses were built on top. Demolition attempts in 1817 succeeded in removing the top storey. It is now owned by the local authority, which has opened it up to the public

Address: Castle St, Canterbury CT1 2PR
Directions: The castle is at the south end of Castle Street
Website: http://www.ecastles.co.uk/canterbury.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2007
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