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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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  • Castle ruins just off the main road in Eysford village. English Heritage and free to enter. If you have parked in the village then walking is a good way to get there. Unusual castle in that its not th...  more »
  • The Eynsford Castle ruins is a decent place to visit, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way. The whole thing will take you less than 10 minutes to see, and there's nothing else to do. On the ...  more »
  • Nice to see as we were staying overnight in the area but really it only takes 5 minutes to look around it. A little history attached but if the area might be worth a look but don't go out of the way t...  more »
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  • Ruin of a Norman castle. Free entry. Worth a look.
  • Built in 1088 and abandoned since 1312, there isn't much left of it except for parts the massive, tall curtain walls. One could imagine live within the confines of the walls, as there is sufficient of the ruins of the inner buildings to have a sense have a sense of their functions, etc, the kitchen remains. I don't think we would have travelled all the way from London to see this one ruined castle, but we did have a great day trip with a visit to the Lullingstone Roman Villa. The Etham Palace nearby wasn't open yet, but opened this year, so there is even more of an incentive to pay a visit. Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is only 7 1/2 miles drive from the castle.
  • Nice place, but very difficult to find. Turn to village hall from the main road.