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Guildford Castle
SU 997-493 Surrey England

Guildford Castle Guildford Castle is an mid to late 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William the Conqueror. In the early 12th century, King Henry I founded the stone castle when adding a polygonal shell keep to the motte. In the 1130s, a two storey square keep, was built on the slope of the motte, flanking the shell keep and an outer bailey added, encased by a ditch. In the 13th century, King Henry III ordered many improvements to the domestic buildings and the outer bailey was extend, flanked by a new gatehouse. In the 14th century, the royal residence in the outer bailey, known as The Palace and was detached from the castle by a palisade and ditch. By 1379, the castle had fallen into disrepair, except for the king's great chamber and the great tower, which continued to be the county gaol. 9 miles south-east is Abinger Motte and 11 miles west is Farnham Castle


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Guildford Castle is located in the town centre, off Castle Street. 31 miles south-west of London, on the A3.

The site is owned by Guildford Borough Council and the castle grounds are open daily, 7:30am until dusk. The Great Tower is open daily, April to September 10:00-5:00pm, October half-term 11:00-4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday March and October 11:00-4:00pm.

There are car parks nearby.

Click here for castle pictures Guildford Castle Picture 1Guildford Castle Picture 2Guildford Castle Arch Picture 3 and a castle map of the area Castle Map of the Area

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