English Heritage: Farnham Castle Keep

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English Heritage: Farnham Castle Keep
Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0AG
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Overlooking the town of Farnham are the impressive motte and 'shell keep' of a castle founded in 1138 by Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester and brother of King Stephen. The castle was rebuilt in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, but a viewing platform reveals the buried remains of an earlier tower. Tours of the Bishop's Palace are available on Wednesday afternoons for an additional fee.

There is limited free parking for cars 10 metres from the entrance and the keep is accessible by steep flights of uneven steps. Stagecoach services 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 46 and 65 stop in the town centre which is less than a mile walk. There is also a train station in Farnham.