Donnington Castle

Donnington Castle.
An aerial view of Donnington Castle.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Donnington, West Berkshire RG14 2LE

Before You Go

The striking twin-towered gatehouse of 14th century Donnington Castle, near Newbury, survives within impressive earthworks. It shows the luxury enjoyed by Sir Richard Abberbury, Donnington's builder, whose private quarters lay within it. Both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are thought to have stayed here.

The large defences built to protect the castle during the English Civil War still survive.

Read more about Donnington Castle's history.

Before You Go

Access: Parts of the site are uneven and contain steep slopes.

Opening Times: The exterior only is available for viewing.

Parking: There is a car park onsite, open 7am-7pm daily.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

Make a full day of it by exploring some of our other beautiful and historic sites in the area. Explore the walls of a Roman settlement at Silchester Roman City and then why not take a picnic up to Uffington Castle or Wayland's Smithy to relax and enjoy the views?

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