Westenhanger Castle and Westenhanger Castle Barns, Westenhanger

Westenhanger Castle and Westenhanger Castle Barns, Westenhanger, Kent CT21 4HX View on map

Complex of 14th-century castle and 16th-century barns. By 1544 the Castle was extensive and of royal importance, having been visited by Queen Elizabeth I. In mid-16th century, Westenhanger was one of the largest houses in Kent, but in 1701 much of it was taken down. Now mostly ruinous, many features remain within the curtain wall including Tudor fireplaces and a 13th-century dovecote tower. The uninhabited parts are scheduled. The medieval barn has a hammerbeam roof and four wagon porches.


Opening Arrangements

By appointment only.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: 8.50
  • Child: 6.00
  • Other Charges: Free for organised educational visits.


Exit M20 at junction 11 and follow signs for Folkestone racecourse. Take the horsebox entrance which is also signed for Westenhanger Castle. Parking is on the right-hand side 400 yards along private road. Rail: Westenhanger mainline (approx. ¼ mile). Bus: Nearest bus stop ¾ mile to A20 at Newing Green.

Parking Spaces


Coaches by appointment only. Parking for disabled by appointment.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes