Severndroog Castle, a tall Georgian folly in southeast London is reopening so the public can climb to the roof again.

Severndroog Castle was built in the 1780s to commemorate Commodore Sir William James who, in April 1755, attacked and destroyed the island fortress of Suvarnadurg (then rendered in English: Severndroog) of the Maratha Empire on the western coast of India, between Mumbai and Goa. James died in 1783 and the folly was built as a memorial to him by his widow, Lady James of Eltham.

It fell into disrepair and was closed for a couple of decades until restoration work finally reopened the tower in 2014.

Apart from the restored interior rooms, the main attraction once you’ve climbed up the 86 steps to get to it, is the rooftop viewing platform, which gives good views across much of southeast London and the City. The top floor viewing platform and galleries will now be open every Sunday from this coming Sunday (27th February). They are open from 10am to 4pm.

Be advised that as the Viewing Platform has a capacity of 10 people, you may need to queue at busy times, but the queue is usually in one of the rooms halfway up the tower, so at least it’s warm.

The admission charge to climb to the roof is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

The ground floor tearoom is also open Thur-Sun for takeaways at the moment.

To get to the tower, it’s a bus ride from the nearest train stations at North Greenwich Woolwich, or Welling. Details here.

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