English Heritage: Donnington Castle

English Heritage: Donnington Castle
Donnington, West Berkshire, RG14 2LE
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The striking twin-towered gatehouse of 14th century Donnington Castle, near Newbury, survives within impressive earthworks. It shows the luxury enjoyed by Sir Richard Abberbury, Donnington's builder, whose private quarters lay within it. Both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are thought to have stayed here.

The large defences built to protect the castle during the English Civil War still survive.

The castle is situated a mile north of Newbury. There are many local bus routes, and Newbury train station is located 1.25 miles away.

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