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Welcome to the Friends of Dudley Castle

 Dudley Castle Keep

 

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, hence this website. There are various features of this site which will give you an insight into the present day state of the Castle buildings, and a great deal of information about its history.

The Trustees of Dudley Zoo have again kindly set up a series of special tours of the Castle for this coming summer.

Tours start at 6.30 pm, last approx. 2 hours and are suitable for both adults and children, aged 8 years +.

Cost is £4.00 adult and £2.00 child (8-15 yrs) or £10.00 for a family ticket (valid for two adults & 2 children)

Thursday 5th April - Knights in Armour

Monday 23rd April - A St George's Day Knights in Armour

Wednesday 2nd May - The Civil War

Friday 31st May - Knights in Armour

Friday 8th June – Bows & Bangs (missile weapons and firearms used during the history of the Castle)

Thursday 28th June - Bows and Bangs

Friday 6th July - Dudley's Nine Day Queen (John Dudley & Lady Jane Grey)   *

Friday 20th July – Dudley's Nine Day Queen   *

Tuesday 7th August - The Civil War

Thursday 16th August – The Spanish Armada

Tuesday 28th August - The Civil War

Friday 7th September – Food & Cookery

*  New for 2018

All the tours will be complemented by a programme of short lectures by former Castle Keeper, Adrian Durkin.

Pre-bookings only by calling 01384 215313 or through Dudley Zoo website. Group bookings available upon request. A maximum of 30 guests will be admitted on each tour. All children (aged 8 years +) must be accompanied by an adult.

All funds raised from these events will go towards the ongoing upkeep and restoration of the Castle.

Please note:  Due to the hilly nature of the site, special arrangements must be pre-arranged for disabled guests and people with limited mobility. The tower is not accessible for those with mobility difficulties.
No access to any parts of the Zoo site will be permitted and you must stay with the tour guide at all times.
Please be aware that there may be other functions taking place on site, however there will not be another event taking place in the Castle grounds.
All visitors will be asked to arrive at the green security gates located at the rear of The Fellows pub car park (off The Broadway).  The tour will commence from this point once everyone has arrived.
Due to the distance between the entry/exit point and the Castle, all guests will be asked to leave site at the same time, unless in the case of an emergency.
Tickets are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.  Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and have no cash value.

 

"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. Also included in this website is a history of Dudley Castle, written by Adrian Durkin.

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) which will take you direct to those pages.

 

If this site has engendered your curiosity and you would like to become a member of the Friends, please go to the page about the Friends and you will find a link to an application form which you can print out and send in (with your cheque, of course!) and we shall be delighted to welcome you.

 

 

 

 Updated 25/04/2013

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   Viewers may be interested to see some details about recent activities of the Friends by clicking on the 'Recent Activity' link on the left


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, in Coseley, which described some of the archaeological, architectural and historic aspects of the Castle, and illustrated many of our activities over the years. Now the Archives are moving to new premises, we are trying to find an alternative home for our display.

Please refer to the page about 'The Friends of Dudley Castle' for more detail.



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