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Welcome to the Friends of Dudley Castle

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this website and we hope that you will find it interesting.

Our Mission Statement is to support and promote Dudley Castle in every way possible locally, nationally and internationally as a major treasure of British Heritage.

The Friends of Dudley Castle try to be very active in promoting the Castle. These pages will give you an insight into the present day state of the Castle buildings, and a great deal of information about its history.


In recent years, the Trustees of Dudley Zoo have kindly set up a series of special tours of the Castle. All the tours were complemented by a programme of short lectures by former Castle Keeper, Adrian Durkin. In  2018 he covered subjects such as Dudley's Nine Day Queen, The Spanish Armada and missile weapons and firearms used during the history of the Castle.

Stay tuned to hear about the programme for 2019!

Click here for more forthcoming events.

Then & Now

Please spend some time, via the links to the left of this page, to see what the Castle looks like today, and to find out what it has been used for over the past 600 years or so. You may be particularly interested in Adrian Durkin’s History, so please follow this link: Adrian's Short History

"A History of the Barony and of Dudley Castle", written by John Hemingway, has been published by the Friends and is mentioned elsewhere on this site.

How the Friends of Dudley Castle Began

The Friends began in 1989, at the time when a ‘dig’ was being carried out in the Courtyard of the Castle to try to establish, amongst many other things, the location of previous incarnations of the Castle. There has been an exhibition at Dudley Archives, which described some of the archaeological, architectural and historic aspects of the Castle, and illustrated many of our activities over the years. Visit the The Friends of Dudley Castle page for more detail.


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