Poelwijk Castle was mentioned in 1275, when it was owned by the Van Poelwijck family from Gendt. The tower is all that remains of Poelwijk Castle today. It dates back to the 15th century. This tower was originally the gate tower of the castle.

In 1441 Poelwijk Castle was first mentioned as a fief from the Duke of Gelre and was inhabited by the Collart family. In 1551 the castle again came into the possession of the Van Poelwijck family through marriage. In 1598 it went to the Van Wely family. The Van Wichen family bought the castle in 1667. A Johan Maurits van de Poll, Lord of Hedel, inherited the castle in 1702.

A drawing dating back to 1731 shows that Poelwijk Castle then existed of the present tower with an extension. The castle itself had already disappeared. The former gate tower had been rebuilt into a tower house and had its entrance on the first floor. Several other owners followed; the Schmitz, Slingervoet and Breunissen families. The latter built the farm next to the tower in 1864 which caused the disappearance of the extension of the tower.

During the winter of 1944-45 the tower was damaged by fights. Shortly after The Netherlands were liberated the tower was damaged during a storm. After that a restoration followed which ended in 1960. The tower is owned by the Castles of Gelderland foundation and can only be visited on special occasions like Open Heritage Days. The farm and the land surrounding the tower are privately owned and there is a B&B.

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Founded: 15th century
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Willem Feijen (3 years ago)
Beautiful gardens full of various plants and trees. In every corner there is something new to discover. The owners are extremely nice and welcoming. Also the medieval tower in the garden is very interesting. Definitely a place to go sometime!
Dennis Wigman (3 years ago)
Bemmel
A D (4 years ago)
Lekker even uitwaaien
Nico de Boer (4 years ago)
Al een paar keer, jaarlijk op bezoek geweest als er weer bezichtigingen zijn. Een leuke afleiding om te bekijken. In ben iedere keer onder de indruk van de mooie uitgestrekte tuin/park. Leuk het zangkoor en dan buiten luisteren. De Historische Kring Gente was ook weer van de partij met "nieuwe" historische feiten. De klassiekers uit Angeren waren vorig jaar ook heel leuk. Steeds wordt alles opgefleurd met werken van kunstenaars.
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