Once upon a time, a widow built a castle in memory of her husband. Lady Anne James had a Gothic-style castle built in 1784 named after Severndroog or Suvarnadurg, the island fortress in India, where her late husband, Sir William James, had defeated ‘pirates’ in 1755. The reason for the attack was to stop Tulaji Angre – ruler of the lands – who had been attacking East India Company ships. The castle was designed by Richard Jupp. Severndroog Castle has been opened to the public since 2014.
The castle comprises the Castlewood Tea Room on the main floor, the Lady James [reception] room on the 1st floor, Sir William James reception room on the 2nd floor, and the viewing platform at the top. From one of the three towers, visitors can see the seven counties surrounding London.
Opening Times: Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays (spring/summer 12:30-16:30 & autumn/winter 11:00-15:00) *closed from late December to February
Castlewood Tea Room (inside the castle): Open from Wednesday to Sunday; Afternoon Tea 2 Saturdays a month
Admission: £3 cash and £3.10 by card
Directions: Take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich, then take bus 486 to Memorial Hospital. You’ll have to walk back down a bit and cross the road to walk up to the castle.