Description

You can see inside most of the best examples of Norman architecture in England, and Rochester Castle's significance as a strategic fortification in the conflict between early medieval kings and nobility. It is also a living memory of the importance of Rochester’s guarding the River Medway as this impressive fortress has a mixed history and fortunes.
It was built around 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury.
In 1215 it endured a siege by King John and was rebuilt under Henry III and Edward II, and remained a viable fortress until the 16th Century. The interior of the keep has stood since the 17th Century as a vast, roofless space. An east–west spine wall divides the interior into two halves and contains the shaft of the keep’s well.
The grounds are open to the public with English Heritage responsible for visitors to the Castle, but it is run by Medway Council.

Opening Hours
March
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-4pm
April
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-6pm
Open Monday 18th April
May
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-6pm
Open 2nd May
June to September
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-6pm
October to December
10am-4pm
Closed 24th and 25th December
Last entry 45 minutes before closing.

Price
English Heritage Member: Free
Adult: £7.40
Child - 5-17 years: £3.20
Concession: £5.30
Family - 2 adults + up to 3 children: £18.

Accessibility
There is a 144 step spiral staircase leading to the top of the Castle, and a 50 step climb into the shop. There are a total of 215 steps across the entire site.

Train
Rochester – ½ mile.

Dogs
Assistance dogs welcome in the grounds only.

Facilities
Toilet • Disabled Toilet

Picture Credit: © English Heritage

Location

Castle Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW, UK

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