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Rochester Castle

Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, England
+44 1634 332901
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Built in 1087, this castle is one of England's finest and best preserved examples of Norman architecture.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, England
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+44 1634 332901
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"the river"
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"king john"
in 28 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 22 reviews
"audio guide"
in 54 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
in 11 reviews
"english heritage"
in 40 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 52 reviews
"information boards"
in 31 reviews
"high street"
in 56 reviews
"gift shop"
in 30 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 13 reviews
"walk around"
in 14 reviews
"dickens festival"
in 17 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 15 reviews
"sunny day"
in 13 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 14 reviews
"an adult"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Impressive castle with agreat history, next to the cathedral of Rochester. The day we visited Rochester, a medieval festival was going on, which was very nice.

Thank Reinier R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited here during the Medieval festival going on at the Castle. Lots of people dressed with amazing costumes and playing music. There were so many people out, and the set up was magical. I also visited the inside of the castle, which is mostly...More

Thank Stella C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a great number of steps but entrance fee is well worth it. I would suggest also purchasing the audio guide but as it is not provided with individual headphones one per group should suffice as loud enough for all to hear. The description...More

Thank NIGELSWAFFER
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Access was sadly limited when we called, however there were plenty of walkways and stairs to explore, The building must once have been phenomenal. Views from the top are brilliant. Sadly inaccessible to those with mobility issues other than the castle grounds freely accessible and...More

Thank FRANK J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a really beautiful castle, close to the station, great area at the front, just a bit small if they are students groups at the same time of your visit. We need it to wait for more than one hour to go in because of...More

Thank ChilenoUK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This impressive ruin was built on the London Road to guard an important crossing of the River Medway. In fact, if you stand in the middle of the bridge, you can observe a very picturesque view of the castle. The present castle dates from around...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd visited Rochester last September but high winds had closed the keep for safety reasons. Getting into the castle involved going up a flight of stairs, then down outside. At this point, visitors can appreciate the 8 feet thick walls. The keep is little more...More

Thank GrandesRocques
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park surrounding the castle opens early but the castle does not open till 1000hrs. We went up the flights of stairs to the shop, got our tickets & had then to came back down and around the side of the walls (it seems the...More

Thank rollercolin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle keep rises majestically over the city and invites you in to climb it's hundreds of steps and corridors - it's a ruin inside but the climb to the top is rewarding as the views are tremendous

Thank mah18632016
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the finest remaining ruin of Norman architecture in England. It’s impressive - I got a strong sense of the long history of this site. The thick city walls, strong Castle fortifications and the view from the top gives a great impression of life...More

Thank Ali_Hawkins
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AixWorm
9 July 2018|
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Response from Rochester C | Property representative |
I'm afraid we don't allow BBQs in the grounds
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hodgesplodge
18 June 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
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Riversidezoe
26 December 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
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