Whether by chance or fate, of all the places in the world- my family and I ended up in Kent, England....
Situated in the county of Kent, Rochester is accessible from London via A2, if you opt for a leisurely drive....
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Dover Castle has guarded the Strait of Dover (the narrowest point from England to continental Europe) for around 6,000 years. Some of the most famous names in history have walked the halls of this medieval castle, from William the Conqueror to King Henry II. (The latter of whom I had a pleasure of meeting during my visit.) Dover Castle is just one part of the history that has played through time on Dover’s hilltop. You can still visit the ruins of a lighthouse built by the Romans in the second century AD, a beautiful Saxon church from 1000 AD, and the secret wartime tunnels from World War II where some of Britain’s most famous war strategies were played out. Dover castle has recently gone through a major renovation to make the rooms appear how they might have looked in the 1100′s. Bright tapestries adorn the walls, royal red and blues and golds throughout. It really adds a bit of magic as you pass through the rooms, almost like you are visiting a working royal castle. The details throughout Dover Castle are incredible, and you can see everything from a royal toilet chamber to a chess set copied from an original at the British Museum. I enjoyed seeing the original features best of all. Gorgeous wood beams, fireplaces used hundreds of years ago, and the beautiful chapel dedicated to Thomas Beckett who King Henry II had killed.
Entrance of the castle itself is amazing with huge gardens filled with greenery. We booked our tickets online with 10% discount and moreover tickets are valid for one year. Main Castle is bit far from the entrance approximately one mile. You have two options to get to castle: Either you can go walking through gardens and woodlands or small train will take you there for 50 pence. Castle surrounded by a huge lake is simply an amazing view. Lake is generally referred to as MOAT (Water Defence in ancient time). At the start, you will encounter an exhibition telling about the castle structural transformations over the year. You enter the castle through back side and enters through wine storage room. Wines as old as 500 years ago are still preserved over there. Then we came across royal halls of the King and Queens (State Apartments, Meeting Rooms, Library,Dinner Rooms). I liked the Library part most because of its huge book stand structure and amazing lake view in the reading room. This castle was a private property of Lady Bellie till 1974. After her death, according to her wish Castle got opened to public. You will feel the royality in every part of the castle.