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Standing within a picturesque village, Eynsford Castle is a rare example of an early Norman 'enclosure castle'. Built by the Eynsford family, the castle became the subject of a disputed inheritance. It culminated in an act of vandalism in 1312. From that point, the castle was abandoned.
Rather than having a keep or motte, like most Norman castles, Eynsford was instead protected by an extensive curtain wall. Today, parts of the wall survive to their impressive full height alongside the remains of the hall building, where the inhabitants would have lived.
Read more about Eynsford Castle's history.
Before You Go
How to find it: The castle is just off the High Street (A225) in the middle of Eynsford village. It is accessed via the narrow unnamed lane directly opposite The Castle Hotel. There is an ‘Eynsford Castle’ sign on the left hand side shortly after at the start of this lane. Continue to follow the lane to the castle entrance.
Parking: There is a small free car park on site.
Access: Parts of the site are suitable for wheelchair users but there are also some areas accessed via steps.
Opening Times: Open daily from 10am-6pm from April until October, and from 10am-4pm from October until April. View details for further information and holiday closures.
Facilites: English Heritage has no facilities at the castle but it is in the centre of Eynsford so there are plenty of options for places to eat and shops nearby.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
Plan a Great Day Out
Step back further in time with a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa, one of the most exciting in Britain giving unique insight into Roman domestic life over three centuries and only just over a mile away.
Or take a hand-held multi-media tour around the delightful Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, where his work and personality are vividly reflected throughout the house and gardens. Relax in the tearoom or browse the gift shop.
You could also discover the unique combination of an astonishing top-of-the-range 1930s Art Deco mansion with a medieval and Tudor royal palace and beautiful gardens at Eltham Palace. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant or browse in the gift shop.