Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle courtyard

History of Tonbridge Castle

The Tonbridge Castle was built on the north bank of the Medway beside a ford and close to the present bridge.

Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle was in existence by 1088 when it was captured by William II.

The masonry defenses and shell keep on the motte were probably built in stone during the 13th century.

The great gatehouse overlooking the town has close similarities with another Clare gatehouse at Caerphilly Castle and was probably built around 1265.

Richard FitzGilbert was given the honor of Clare by the Conqueror and Tonbridge was the caput of the de Clares’ Surrey and West Kent estates.

The castle was dismantled by the order of Parliament in 1646.

Tonbridge Castle tower

From that time on, Tonbridge Castle went through various hands continuing in its demise, until 1739, it’s then owner, John Hooker, sold much of the stonework for the construction of locks and bridges on the River Medway.

A mansion house was built onto the side of the castle, which was built by his son, Thomas Hooker in 1791.

The property has been a military academy in the 1860s, then a boy’s prep school, until 1897, when the trustees sold it to the Council.

Tonbridge Castle Visitor Information

garden Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle is open to the public.

An adult ticket is £6.80, a children ticket is £3.90 and a family is £19.50

For Group visits of min 10 people, there is a 10% discount. Guided tours must be booked in advance.

There are audio tours available also in French, Dutch, German, and Spanish.

For more information about the opening hours contact the Info Centre: Tel: 01732 770929, Email:, or visit the official website.

Tonbridge Castle Location

Tonbridge Castle Address: 89 High St, Tonbridge TN9 1DR, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided below:

Tonbridge Castle Map

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