Severndroog Castle

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 29, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Oct 07, 2021
View from tower of Severndroog Castle.
Age: 5+
Read time: 4.5 Min

  • With beautiful ornate ceilings, chandeliers and carvings, and despite being closed up between 1988 and 2014, Severndroog remains an opulent spot in Greenwich and the whole of London. 
  • Don’t miss out on family activities the castle offers, from guided tours, to pop up exhibitions and shows. 
  • Be sure to take a walk or cycle in Castle Woods, over 70 hectares of beautiful, ancient trees, ready to be explored in the woodland trail.  
  • Make sure to check out the wonderful Tearoom at Severndroog Castle for the full experience and check out the best view in London. 

Severndroog Castle, a heritage museum in Shooters Hill, London, is a preserved Gothic tower located on Shooter’s Hill, one of the highest points in London, where you can enjoy the magnificent 360-degree view of London and beyond. Severndroog Castle was built by Lady James, most likely as a memorial to her husband. It is home to some of the mementoes of his career and has also been used as a museum.

There’s so much to do at this historic castle for a fun family day out, full of learning, exploring and adventure. Delve into the history of this Gothic London tower, and be sure not to miss out on the events, exhibitions and activities they offer. 

From pop up immersive exhibitions displaying the stunning gems of a London Borough, to family craft days for a chilled day of activities, there is plenty of amazing things to do in this small castle. 

Severndroog Tea Room is a wonderful place to relax after a woodland walk or bike ride or to treat yourself to some fantastic homemade cake. The Tearoom only uses the freshest ingredients, plus local and organic products where possible. The tearoom is open all year round, so be sure to check it out on your visit. On Thursdays and Fridays, there is a Tour and Tea; offering a historical viewing of the site followed by a cream tea. 

If you’re looking for castles to visit near London, Severndroog Castle offers great educational experiences. These include school visits, where you can explore the castle as a school with (or without) self-guided packs.

Don’t miss out on the exciting woodland trail that Severndroog Castle has to offer. The Castle stands in Castle Wood, which is one of Britain’s few remaining ancient deciduous woodland areas. Dating back to over 8000 years, Severdroog Castle is a site of Special Scientific Interest, that covers 72.7 hectares. It forms part of a larger parkland area including Oxleas Wood, Jack Wood and Shepherdleas Wood. These fantastic and historic woodlands are a part of London's Green Chain Walk and Capital Ring Walk, and they provide scenic nature trails to walk and cycle through, perfect for the whole family. 

Make sure to check out the fantastic programme of events often held at Severndroog Castle, such as open theatres, operas, jazz sessions and more. 

What to know before you go

  • Severndroog Castle opens 10:30 to 4:30 pm from April to October, and then from 10:30 - 3:30 pm November to March. The Tearoom opens from 10:30 - 4:30 pm Thursday to Sunday. The castle is open for school visits on Thursdays and Fridays, ensure to pre-book.
  • Your ticket includes access to the castle rooms; where you will be introduced to the story of Sir William and Lady James and hear about the many uses this building has had over the years and the campaign to save the castle. You will get access to the Viewing Platform, to enjoy the spectacular and magnificent panoramic views of London and nearby counties.
  • There is a spiral staircase, which has 86 steps to the top! This is a listed building, so wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor (the Tearoom & WC) via a stair climber. This must be pre-booked.
  • There are on-site toilets and baby changing facilities available. 
  • The Tearoom at castle serves great food, snacks and drinks, freshly sourced, and locally sourced where possible. There are also places nearby to eat and drink coffee like Pret A Manger, Big Moe’s Diner, and Pizza. 

Getting there

  • There is limited parking available at the site.
  • If travelling via car, it is a 20 minute drive from the M25. Leave at Junction 2 signposted for Central London and Lewisham and then join the A2. Take the slip road off the A2 signposted Falconwood. After, turn right at the end and follow the road to the next junction, turning right onto Welling Way. At the next junction, turn left onto Shooters Hill. Go up and over Shooters Hill and take the first left after Craigholm. Look for our Brown Signs. 
  • If travelling via bus, be sure to take the 486 bus from North Greenwich or Bexleyheath, or the 89 bus from Lewisham or Slade Green, arriving at the Memorial Hospital. Alternatively, you can take the 244 bus from Woolwich or Queen Elizabeth Hospital arriving at the Memorial Hospital on Shooters Hill.
  • If travelling via tube, take the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich, and then the 486 bus, arriving at the Memorial Hospital.
  • For the DLR route take the DLR to Woolwich Arsenal, then the 244 bus arriving at the Memorial Hospital.
  • For the train, take the Network Southeast to Welling, and then a 486 or 89 bus route from bus stop D towards Shooters Hill.
  • Cyclists are free to lock their bike against the railings.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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