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Name:Dudley Castle
Hill number:18702
Height:231m / 758ft
Parent (Ma):2870  Walton Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Dudley (UA)
Class:Tump (200-299m)
Grid ref:SO 94675 90690
Summit feature:ground in castle keep
Col:198m  SO946904  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 139
(1:25k) 219N 219S
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 41 users)ByDate of Ascent
Found solace with the animals after a failed and near-calamitous attempt (my etrier broke) at Wren's Nest. A Black Country exploratory walk from Tipton station.summitsup04/01/2020
Concessionary entrance for the zoo and castle - £13.20, or thereabouts. There is a £3.50 all day parking charge if you want to pay for parking, alternative spots are available at £3.50 less. Access to top of the keep included in ent fee.jonglew18/12/2019
3 of 10 on epic 49.3 mile bike ride including church hill, wrens nest, Dudley castle, netherton hill, ridgehill, blackhill, wrottesley hill, tettenhall woods, bushbury hill and essington hill.The-Z-Man15/09/2018
5th top of 7 today, having visited Netherton hill, Warley Park, Turners Hill and Cawney Hill. £16.50 admission then up the chairlift and into the Castle courtyard and up the Keep's tower. Excellent views. On descent back at the base i slithered past the wooden portcullis to visit the ground in the centre then walked around the tower to climb back over the other side. Cafe service was slow as the heat was slowing down the machines. Saw the Sealions, penguins, Capybara, lion, Tiger,Chimps and Emu amongst the concrete 1930s architecture. Exited the park then past the Priory ruins and a lovely park heading for Wren's Nest...Dazingdale30/06/2018
Spent 3 hours in zoo and castle in order to get our money's worth. Zoo was better than I feared although a bit down at heel. Climbed the castle keep, so well above the natural summit. Great views of the W Midlands.Campbell Singer29/08/2017
I suppose the breeding of rare species helps to justify the existence of zoos these days. Pity that they can't survive in the wild where they should be. Great views from the castle top.Barbara Singer29/08/2017
From the zoo entrance, up via the paths past various miserable-looking animals, to the high point by the castle keep.Mariana Trench27/08/2017
Paid the price for castle and car park. Plus zoological gardens with meerkats, monkeys, orangutan, owls and flamingos. Visited green patch over barrier in keep, on pretext of picking up litter (which I did).Aye Jimmy24/08/2017
Nice day out with Godson, visit to Zoo & Castle, good views from mini cable car, cool but nice & dry..apricorum11/04/2017
Half price visit with Adrian for a joint Dudley completion..Dugswell221/01/2017
Fog bound visit. Castle in zoo....Visited Doug L. In orangutan enclosureAdrian21/01/2017
Meerkats, Lions, tigers and a tump. Went to keep and up to top of castle. Last of Dudley tops.PeterD23/10/2016
Within keep of old castle. Good views. zoo surprisingly interesting. Penguins and lemurs entertaining. Search on google for offers on entry tickets as expensive otherwise.Denise 04/08/2016
Third hill on days cycle around the West Midlands. 2 for 1 entry to castle and zoo so the £14.05 entry fee didn't feel too bad. Great views from top of castle walls, quick visit to the grassy keep then lunch on side of the motte in hot sunshine before visiting the spectacular Anteater and the snoozing Tapiers. Not really that fond of seeing animals in captivity but came away with the impression all here were well cared for and reasonably contented with their lot.RichardM04/08/2016
Having visited whilst knee high to a penguin I wasn't too bothered I couldn't get in today. Was gone 7pm so settled for walking up to the gates. I don't much recall being here as a child.. but am reliably informed that I did.stig_nest21/04/2016
Probably the most expensive tump I've been up. They even charge for the car park. Not impressed by the zoo either. Only saw some meerkats on my rapid transit.ngthack29/11/2015
Visit to the zooo for my 60th birthday. The GR given is behind a fence in the keep saying don't go there. Luckily it was quiet so I nipped over to make sure I'd bagged it properly.clivevilla19/11/2015
Castle Keep seems to be intended location, expected height, small fence to deal with. Dad and I spent half a day at the zoo, interesting place. The EDL were putting on a demo so a lot of security and police about. Then to the Wolverhampton and Dudley UA HPs.RHW07/02/2015
Nice spot. Different from most tops. 13.40.arranc20/01/2015
14 quid for a 15 minute hillGordonAdshead18/01/2015
A pub on a Tump in a castle in a zoo! That's quite a day out. From the battlements, great views of other notable hills, from the Clents to the Clees and everything in between.DanHolme07/08/2013
Took my Grandson to Dudley Zoo for his 7th Birthday treat. Didn't realise a TuMP until later - but fortunately had been to the highest point otherwise would have had to make an expensive return trip!Hillsidenick14/04/2013
It's hard to believe how exciting the trip to Dudley Zoo used to be when you see it nowNormski09/03/2004
Visited in the role of teacher with school children. Date approximate.JohnW15/07/1992
Used to live nearby and as a child often came here to the zoo to see the animals and the castle.Stretchy01/01/1985
Estimated date, visited the castle and zoo on a family holiday.Swindon Bagger20/08/1974
A few childhood visits - involving clambering over the castle.fasgadh01/07/1966
Many times as a small boyijpowell01/08/1963
Visits to the zoo in the 1970's would have seen me on top this hill.ChinnockCblank
about 1960- went by train (sic) to Dudley Town from Snow Hill, zoo birthday treatpwheelerblank
Alan Caine17/03/2019
Pete R08/01/2018
andrew brown07/03/2017