To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Search Attractions & Activities

Type
Location
Keyword (Optional)

Things to Do

Epsom Downs Racecourse

Epsom Downs Racecourse

Epsom Downs racecourse, just 30 minutes outside Central London is a spectacular location overlooking the stunning North Downs on one side and the...

My Itinerary

Build your own itineraries by clicking the Add to Excursion button to add an item to your Itinerary basket.

Rochester Castle

Castle / Fort

The Keep
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1SW

Tel: 01634 332901

Add Rochester Castle to your Itinerary

Photo of children in castle moat
The great keep of Rochester Castle towers over the River Medway, dominating the skyline together with its inseparable twin, the magnificent cathedral.

Rochester Castle is one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Its great keep, square, massive and one of the tallest in the country, measures 113 feet high, 70 feet square and has walls 12 feet thick in places. It was on or close to the present castle site that the Romans built their first fort to guard the bridge carrying their legions over the river on their way from Dover to London and beyond. Centuries later, in 1087, Bishop Gundulf – one of William the Conqueror’s finest architects – began the construction of today’s castle, making use of what remained of the original Roman city walls. The great keep was built by William de Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, to whom Henry I granted custody of the castle in 1127.

The castle has a chequered history, having been subjected to siege three times and in 1215 partly demolished by King John, who gained entry by undermining the south-east tower, using the fat from 40 pigs to set fire to the pit props. Today, visitors can see the rebuilt round tower, contrasting with the square towers of the original Norman castle. A model has been installed in the castle’s chapel showing how the castle would have looked in the 14th century.

For a guided tour, an audio guide interpretation is available at a nominal charge of £1 and is available in English, French, German and Dutch.

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Open 10am to 6pm April to September and 10am to 4pm October to March. Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.00 per ticket
Concession / Child£3.90 per ticket
Family£16.30 per ticket

English Heritage members free (except during special events).

What's Nearby

  1. Guildhall Museum

    Discover the history of Medway from pre-historic times to the present day at the Guildhall Museum...

    0.1 miles away
  2. Rochester Cathedral

    Consecrated in AD604, the present building dates from 1080. A blend of Norman and Gothic...

    0.11 miles away
  3. Huguenot Museum

    The Huguenot Museum tells the story of Britain's first refugees: the skills they brought to the UK,...

    0.2 miles away
  4. Eastgate House

    Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of Charles Dickens.

    0.28 miles away
  1. Diggerland

    Fun, original and just a little wacky, Diggerland Kent is sure to provide one of the most memorable...

    0.71 miles away
  2. Temple Manor

    A 13th century great chamber, on a vaulted undercroft, of a manor house of the Knights Templar.

    0.72 miles away
  3. St Peter's Church Sandwich

    St Peter's Church Sandwich

    0.73 miles away
  4. The Brook Theatre

    Formerly Chatham Town Hall, The Brook Theatre is a hive of entertainment, activity and learning.

    1.1 miles away
  5. The Central Theatre

    Located in the heart of Chatham town centre, this beautiful 965-seat venue is already home to a...

    1.12 miles away
  6. The Historic Dockyard Chatham

    2016 is a year of continuous discovery and exploration at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of...

    1.13 miles away
  7. Royal Engineers Museum

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes,...

    1.5 miles away
  8. Upnor Castle

    This attractive, turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area that is backed by rolling,...

    1.57 miles away
  9. Oare Gunpowder Works County Park

    Oare Gunpowder Works - Gunpowder was manufactured at Oare for several centuries on a site that has...

    1.84 miles away
  10. Darnley Mausoleum


    The Earls of Darnley were usually buried in Westminster Abbey, but by the late 18th century, their...

    2.78 miles away
  11. Capstone Farm Country Park

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities...

    3.1 miles away
  12. Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre

    Chatham Ski Centre has the longest artificial slope in the South East and is the premier...

    3.47 miles away
Previous Next