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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Ajaykumar Menon (14 months ago)
Nice small castle and town. Unfortunately it was closed on Monday (and Fridays).. so couldn't use the Cafe there..
John Thorneycroft (15 months ago)
Pretty castle - or the remaining/reconstructed third of one anyway
Diogo Carlos (2 years ago)
Beatiful place, nice to see. It wasn't open at that time, maybe we'll have a drink next time.
EllY Kern (2 years ago)
Nice :) friendly people and also for kids good.
Charlotte Smith (2 years ago)
Fun excursion to a medieval castle. I would recommend this activity for traveling with kids.
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