Severndroog Castle is a folly situated in Oxleas Wood, on Shooter's Hill in south-east London in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was designed by architect Richard Jupp, with the first stone laid on 2 April 1784.To visit Severndroog Castle and other attractions in London, use our London online trip itinerary builder.
It was built to commemorate Commodore Sir William James who, in April 1755, attacked and destroyed the island fortress of Suvarnadurg (then rendered in English: Severndroog) of the Maratha Empire on the western coast of India, between Mumbai and Goa. James died in 1783 and the castle was built as a memorial to him by his widow, Lady James of Eltham.
Designated a Grade II* listed building in 1954, the Gothic-style castle is 63 feet (19 m) high and triangular in section, with a hexagonal turret at each corner. From its elevated position, it offers views across London, with features in seven different counties visible on a clear day.
Severndroog Castle Reviews
Wow! Recommended if you are in Eltham / Greenwich area on a Sat or Sun, visit Severndroog Castle and for a small fee, climb to the viewing platform at top. Amazing views of London + apparently on a... more »
Walking the Capital Ring with my friend. Cafe was a welcome respite from the cold blustery weather. Although small inside it is worth a visit (unfortunately only open on weekends in the winter... more »
Went on a beautiful day, the views at the top are one of the best over London. You can see 7 counties and the gentleman at the top gave us a great geographical lesson of all the spots - incl Windsor Castle and Alexandra Palace. Oxleas woods surrounding are great for walking too.
This castle is a well hidden gem. Costing £3.50 for an adult ticket I would highly recommended it. when we went to the weather was clear and there was a very good view of the whole of London. The volunteers were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They were very happy to point out all the main buildings in the London city skyline. On the ground floor there was a cafe. Which was adequate.
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