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Donnington Castle, Newbury

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Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle, situated in the small village of Donnington, just north of the town of Newbury in the English county of Berkshire. It was founded by Sir Richard Abberbury the Elder in 1386 and was bought by Thomas Chaucer before the castle was taken under royal control during the Tudor period. During the First English Civil War the castle was held by the royalist Sir John Boys and withstood an 18-month siege; after the garrison eventually surrendered, Parliament voted to demolish Donnington Castle in 1646. Only the gatehouse survives. The site is under the care of English Heritage and is protected from unauthorised change as a scheduled ancient monument.
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  • Lovely place for a walk. We had a picnic near the castle then walked around to the golf course and back through the streets past some lovely scenery  more »
  • A great place to visit for a picnic or a walk. Amazing views and lots of history. Recently the castle was targeted by thieves trying to steal the lead from the roof and this meant it was left open.....  more »
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  • Excellent little castle adventure. Good historical example, external viewing only though. Lovely suroundings including views and a woods to walk in. Good car park access for cars and medium van size. No facilities. Car park closes at 7pm.
  • A nice walk up. But unless you are a history enthusiast, after seeing the castle there's not much to do. Great view of Donnington village... great picnic spot
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