The history of Westenhanger Castle dates back as far as Norman times. Today the Castle is a scheduled ancient monument; within its walls sits a stunning house with Grade one listed status.  

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Saxon kings once inhabited the area and evidence of Roman fortifications have been discovered on nearby Folkestone Racecourse.  The castle sits on truly significant soil and we tread in the footsteps some amazing figures from History.


The Castle walls were built in around 1400 and have provided a safe haven for the land and subsequent buildings ever since. Two manor houses stood on the site and merged in 1509. The Ponying’s family sold the estate to the notorious King Henry VIII and it remained crown property until 1585. Edward the V and Elizabeth I both occupied its royal suites.  


The castle returned to private ownership; it was one of the most imposing houses in Kent, until 1898 when Folkestone race course took over the Tenancy. In 1996  the Forge family bought the property and with the help of English Heritage restored it to its former glory and created the impressive sympathetically restored wedding and conference venue it is today.

To learn more about the development of the grounds, please click here.