The first fortification here was built in 488, on a hill overlooking the sea which at that time was much nearer the castle than it is today. It was constructed as an Archbishop's residence after the Norman invasion and was strengthened with a stone curtain wall in the 12th century. The interior buildings date from the 12th and 13th centuries and the large gatehouse was added in 1380. It was rendered uninhabitable in 1580 by an earthquake but was restored in the 19th century, since when the gatehouse has been used as a residence. The walls are still almost intact.

Private, but can be seen from bridlepath.

Photos Charles Taylor

Photograph by Dae Sasitorn /


Half a mile north of Hythe


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