Severndroog Castle is an elegantly preserved Gothic tower situated on Shooter’s Hill, one of the highest points in London. From our viewing platform, you will be captivated by the spectacular 360° view of the capital and beyond.

 

This historic Grade II listed 18th century building is nestled in ancient woodland, making it the ideal hidden gem to explore away from the London bustle.

About

severndroog castle

The castle & the VIEW

 

Severndroog Castle was built in 1784 as a memorial to Sir William James, once the Director of the East India Company, by his wife Lady Anne James. It celebrates his most famous exploit, the capturing of the island fortress of Suvarnadurg. 

 

Severndroog Castle is 132 metres (432 feet) above sea level, gifting it with one of the best panoramic views of the London cityscape, the Thames River and the edges of London's seven surrounding counties.

 

Read more on the Visitor Info page.

The Tearoom

On the ground floor of the castle lies a Tearoom filled with homemade treats, freshly prepared lunches and comforting hot drinks. This haven at the edge of the woods welcomes all passers by, even the four-legged kind. During the warmer months, the outside terrace allows you to bask in the sun admiring the flowers and the trees.

 

Read more about the Tearoom and its menu on the Tearoom page.

 

The woods

Severndroog Castle stands in Castle Wood, one of Britain’s few remaining ancient deciduous woodland sites, dating back over 8000 years. It is a site of Special Scientific Interest, and covers 72.7 hectares. It is part of a larger parkland area which includes Oxleas Wood, Jack Wood and Shepherdleas Wood.

 

These woodlands form part of London's Green Chain Walk and Capital Ring Walk, and provide picturesque nature trails to walk and cycle through.

 

Have a look at our woodland trail.

Visitor info

What's on @ Severndroog

The Castle is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays (Group Visits Thu/Fri). Our Tearoom is open Thursdays to Sundays.

 

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Explore our exciting programme of events for all ages, from Open Air Theatre and Live Music to Pop-Up Restaurants and Treasure Hunts.

 

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Volunteer:

 

Severndroog is largely volunteer-run so your contribution, no matter how big or small, is essential. If you can spare one day a week or even just two hours a month, we need people to bring the castle to life and tell our stories. Read more about Volunteering.

 

Covid-19

The Castle may be closed

but Severndroog stands firm

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Severndroog is largely volunteer-run so your contribution, no matter how big or small, is essential. If you can spare one day a week or even just two hours a month, we need people to bring the castle to life and tell our stories. Read more about Volunteering.

 

The Castle & Colonialism

We have launched a project to ‘Re-examine, Reflect, and Re-imagine’ the history of Severndroog and the significance of the castle in the community. We welcome the participation of all voices and perspectives in the community.  

 

Severndroog Castle was originally built to celebrate the life of Sir William James, a commander in the Bombay Marine and later a director of the British East India Company. As a result, the castle has a connection to the colonisation and exploitation of India. This is a complex history that we have tried to engage with and one that we feel it is important to make more explicit, ensuring we provide opportunities for challenging conversations. 

 

In particular, the narrative around Sir William James’ victory at Suvarnadurg over Tulaji Angre is one we would like to facilitate more people to explore. In orthodox accounts, Tulaji Angre is depicted as a pirate for raiding British ships whereas revisionist interpretations see Tulaji as a formidable naval commander protecting Indian waters from invasive naval powers.  

 

Whilst Severndroog’s colonial past may explain it’s origins, it does not define the history of the building. Since being saved by the community, the Castle has been a place for all to explore, a place of education, and a place that welcomes everyone. 

 

The vision of the trustees, staff and volunteers is that the castle continues to serve the community and play its role in fostering informed debate about its past.