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Eynsford Castle, Eynsford

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Eynsford Castle is a stone Norman castle in the English county of Kent, within the civil parish bounds of the village of Eynsford. It is largely non-rebuilt and has seen natural decay but virtually no plunder for building materials. It was historically the manor owning most of the land of the village. Built in 1088 and occupied by local nobility but ransacked in the 14th century it fell into decay and is now in the care of English Heritage and open to the public. For years it was used as dog kennels by the Hart-Dyke family of nearby Lullingstone Castle and manor, who were maternal descendants of courtier Francis Hart.ArchitectureSurviving fragments include sections of the curtain wall, some up to 30 feet in height, including evidence of the latrines, and buildings within the walls.The design of Eynsford Castle is reminiscent of early German castles with a bergfried or fighting-tower forming the central element of the defences.It has been listed by English Heritage as a scheduled ancient monument.
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  • This should be listed as Eynsford castle ruins, it isn't an entire castle. You can walk around the castle ruins in about 15-20mins if you stop to read read the plaques. It is free though.  more »
  • Went in at 10 to 9 to order food. Like to order some food please. We've stopped serving. What time do you stop serving, l thought it was 9 o'clock? It is. So what's the time now then? 10 to 9. 10 to 9...  more »
  • You could drive through Eynsford many times and not realise there was a relatively large Norman castle in the village. As you enter the village from Farningham look for the sign for the village hall o...  more »
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  • Eynesford Castle is a fascinating place and free to get in as well. In the centre of the pretty village of Eynesford there is planty of parking and although this is a ruin it still has some of the walls in place. A pretty place to visit in the Spring.
  • I thought Eynsford Castle was well worth a visit, it is set in Beautiful grounds and a lot of the main structures are still visible. If you are ever in the Eynsford area, I highly recommend you tak an hour or so and visit the Castle.
  • Lovely place for kids to run around.
  • Ruin of a Norman castle. Free entry. Worth a look.
  • Nice place, but very difficult to find. Turn to village hall from the main road.

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