Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle is situated in ancient Castle Wood in Shooters Hill, Royal Borough of Greenwich.


Visit Severndroog for a day of family Easter activities including an Easter Egg Hunt with Little Rabbit Foo Foo story and craft.

£2.50 per visitor. 

10.30 – 12pm, Sunday April 3rd.

Full details here.


Set in magical woodlands you really feel like you are in the middle of the countryside. The castle is well worth a visit and the café sells amazing coffee, cake and ice cream. For a lovely woodland walk start at Oxleas Café and follow the path through the woods to Severndroog… Lots of fun in the forest!

Built as a memorial to Sir William James by his wife Lady Anne James, the castle enjoys spectacular views. Severndroog was used to conduct the first ordnance survey of southern Britain, as well as being a watch tower during the Second World War.

Address: Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, London, SE18 3RT.


Playground: No.

Cafe: Castlewood Tea Room serves a range of food and drink, from breakfast and brunch, to lunch and tea, with hot and cold varieties throughout the day, and plenty of choice for children.

Toilets: Free and clean with babychange available.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The viewing platform is up a set of steep steps with no lift. The café is also up some steps and not very buggy friendly! You can leave your buggy outside in the gardens. There is a stair climber for wheelchair access to the café.

Parking: Plenty and free.

Nearest station:

Train: Woolwich Arsenal Station.

DLR: Woolwich Arsenal, then the 244 bus alighting at the Memorial Hospital.

Bus: Take the 486 from North Greenwich or Bexleyheath or 89 bus Lewisham or Bexleyheath, alighting at the Memorial Hospital. 244 bus from Woolwich or Queen Elizabeth Hospital alighting at the Memorial Hospital on Shooters Hill.

Tube: Jubilee Line to North Greenwich, then 486 bus, alighting at the Memorial Hospital.

Phone: No.

Email: [email protected].


Severndroog has a special place in the hearts of the local community due to its troubled past. As the website explains, ‘The castle was opened to the public by the GLC (Greater London Council) in 1922. But when the GLC was abolished and the London Borough of Greenwich took ownership in 1986, the castle closed sadly to the public. It has been derelict and unloved since then, which has left the building subject to weather damage, neglect and vandalism.

In 2002, Greenwich Council proposed to lease Severndroog Castle to a property developer; this was the beginning of the SCBPT (Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust) led by a group of local people determined not to let developers ruin the building. The group have campaigned tirelessly to restore the castle to its former glory with the generous help of donations from the public and various organisations, and a lot of hard work. The castle has finally been restored and opened its doors again to the public on 20th July 2014’.

Special events are often held, for example – high tea every 2nd and 4th Saturday including viewing platform and tour of castle for £17.50. The Viewing Platform is open Thursday, Friday & Sunday only 12.30pm–4.30pm.

There is an amazing view from the top of the Folly – check out our photo for proof.

Review by Kelly Massie.

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