Kasteel Radboud is one of a number of castles in North Holland, the building was commissioned by Floris V. The exact date of building is not known but the castle was completed before the St. Lucia's Flood of 13 December 1287. On 24 June 1517 the castle saved some of the Medemblik townsfolk from the raids of Grutte Pier and his Arumer Zwarte Hoop (band of marauding pirates).

On 12 August 1588 the castle surrendered to Diederik Sonoy and the Geuzen. The defensive function of the castle was reduced with the building of walls around the city of Medemblik in 1572 and due to both dismantling and lack of maintenance there was attrition of the castle buildings.

In 1889 the control of the property was returned to the state. Restorations were done by the State architect J. van Lokhorst with advice from R.J.H. Cuypers and the castle was used for the district court of justice until 1934. In 1931 a cannery near the castle burnt down exposing the foundations of a tower on the north west of the site and during 1936 the castle-moat was dug again.

From 1964 to 1965 further restorations were done with a more historical and architectural correctness and some of the previous renovations were removed.

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Sudesh Sagar (2 years ago)
The castle museum is small and not very great. The view is very nice outside where it is fully surrounded by water. There is a sea next to the castle and the view is just beautiful. Also there is an animal farm next to the castle where you can find various animals and birds. Nice way to get around the farm with kids during summer. All in all, good for one time visit. No issue with the car parking, you can get lot of parking spaces around for free
Mar Wi (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle and nice place Medemblik.
Robert Gorup (2 years ago)
Great place in the small Dutch city with great marina. All in all, family weekend destination for those who are in sail...
William Watson (2 years ago)
Beautiful spot. Friendly town and good facilities for motorhomes/campervans.
R. R.R. (2 years ago)
Good parking. Great view. Friendly staff. Used the audio tour, which I can recommend.
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