TQ 758-706 Kent England
Upnor Castle is a stone artillery fortress, founded by Queen Elizabeth I. Standing on the north-west bank of the River Medway, the castle was built to protect the warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Constructed in 1559-67 to a design by Sir Richard Lee, a second phase in 1599-1601, remodelled the frontage to form a bastion and improved the landward defences. Sadly despite a brave attempt, in 1667 the castle entirely failed to protect the dockyards, when the Dutch navy under Admiral de Ruyter, sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor. Visit Pending. 2 miles south-west is Rochester Castle.
Upnor Castle is located on the bank of the River Medway, off High Street in Upper Upnor. 29 miles east of London, on the A207-A226-A228.
The car park is nearby, just before the village.