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Published June 25th 2012
About an hour from London by train is a quintessential English castle, built strategically in Kent at a crossing over the Medway River. A setting for wars and sieges for over 900 years, it has one of the best preserved keeps in England.
The return rail journey from London to Rochester is under £20 for adults, and it's an exciting destination to visit and well worth the expense. In fact there are enough attractions nearby in Rochester and Strood to make it worth staying overnight if you have time, and budget backpacker accommodation is available.
You can take the train to Strood and have a leisurely walk over the River Medway, or continue on to Rochester and wander the town before walking back to see the castle.
As you approach the Castle, the sheer enormous size of it is breathtaking. It must have been a very daunting sight for potential invaders in the middle ages. Despite this the Castle was captured by enemy forces on several occasions, the last time in 1381 during a peasants' revolt.
On one of the more notable occasions the castle was captured after the fat from 40 pigs was used to create an intensely hot fire under a corner of the castle keep, causing it to fall down.
As you descend back to ground level and plan refreshments to recover from your climb, contemplate the thought of meeting the ghost of Lady Blanche de Warren who is said to have haunted the castle since 1264.