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Rochester Castle

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Built in 1087, this castle is one of England's finest and best preserved examples of Norman architecture.
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Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, England
+44 1634 335882
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All reviews the river king john great views from the top audio guide surrounding countryside english heritage high street information boards worth a visit gift shop walk around lovely grounds entrance fee dickens festival great place to visit sunny day steeped in history
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Reviewed yesterday

I only walked around the exterior, as I did not have time to go inside, but the walls are impressive. I visited during the December Dickens Festival, when a fun fair and food stalls are set up in the moat. The fair was very busy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sauna_Boss
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited for the first time this weekend, it was so much bigger then expected. very festive and loved the snow machines!! There is loads happening. Lots of stalls and places to buy gifts. Food and drink stands wasn't to highly priced. The burger stand was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BiancaD15
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing the caritors dressed up. Enjoyed a couple of street acts. The stalls were cheaper than many Christmas markets we have visited however we were disappointed that there was so few and only in the castle grounds we thought the high st would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nannanorfolk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely town on the river. Plenty to do and see. Castle is pretty good too. Would recommend as a good day out summer or winter.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hurra C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit Rochester Castle quite frequently as we have English Heritage passes and like to make use of them as our 5 year old loves castles. It's very easy to get to on the train which we like as it saves parking and petrol. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rheemcbee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited Rochester and it's wonderful Castle it was a bit strange as we had to buy tickets at the top of the stairs and then come back down as they are doing repairs in the middle part which wasn't too much hassle ......More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent, well maintained and well-presented historic site. Helpful staff but a steep ramp to approach the castle and steep stairs to get inside which will be difficult for anyone with walking difficulties.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PaulG3835
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Weather wasn't great but we really enjoyed visiting the grounds. So much history and atmosphere too. We can't wait to go back when the weather is great next summer.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GrandTour37709837793
Reviewed October 31, 2018

First visit to Rochester castle and found it a great place to explore. The Castle is a shell which you can climb to the top and has great views across Rochester and the surrounding area. There are different levels which you can walk around as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cabinator
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Lovely day with friends and family. The kids got involved in all the activities and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Date of experience: October 2018
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July 9, 2018|
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Response from Rochester C | Property representative |
I'm afraid we don't allow BBQs in the grounds
June 18, 2018|
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Response from Soo M | Reviewed this property |
The the actual castle , maybe half an hour , but the grounds are lovely to picnic in, the view of the river is nice , and the whole area is so steeped in history it’s worth lingering , especially if you like dickens . Visit... More
December 26, 2017|
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Response from Lissa C | Reviewed this property |
As others have said: yes, looks as if it will be open. Just a thought if you haven't visited before: the high walkways, which are open to the sky, are bound to be wet and windy, so be sure to dress accordingly and wear... More