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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having not visited Rochester in over 30 years I was most interested to go back and see if the castle was as interesting as I found it as a 9 year old girl. I wasn’t disappointed. Using our English Heritage Pass we had free entry...More

Thank jodie_amanda
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people have different views about the castle. My view is at least we have one, it may be just a shell but it still stands as a symbol of the people of Rochester. It stands on what was the main road from Dover to...More

1  Thank ge0ffcat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful is all I can say. Well preserved. Interesting history behind it. Quirky gift shop. My little one loved the castle and climbing up the numerous stone cobbled stairs. My husband struggled due to heights (he has problems with altitude) so if you don't like...More

Thank lolkin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nearly all the English Heritage places we visit we love. Thus one however was a real disappointment. Fist it's owned by the council and not English Heritage so that's possibly the problem. There's no parking despite the size of the area. A small car park...More

Thank Sally S
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're sorry you were so disappointed by your visit to Rochester and the Castle in particular. We do have a car park at the bottom of the hill, just next to the Castle as well as an additional 6 car parks in the town. There...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we didn't go into the castle as were limited on time, but had a walk around the grounds. Nice views of the river and Castle, information with bits of history are around the grounds, gorgeous place to sit and have some lunch, kept upto a...More

Thank LittlemissLL
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Norman castle stands overlooking the River Medway. Its is a proud reminder of the history of Rochester. and its only a 10-15 minute walk from the mainline train station, the bus stop and the car park. There are 45 shallow steps from ground level...More

Thank 249edward
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I read a description of the keep of Rochester Castle as a "shell", I did not have high expectations of a visit there. However, it turned out to be a splendid couple hours of going up and down many medieval spiral stairs all the...More

1  Thank SanDiegoCoco
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. The grounds look particularly lovely at the moment with the orange leaves and low sun.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the castle as a family of 4, with 2 children (7 & 10) Kids absolutely loved looking round, climbing all the steps (There's a LOT of steps) and exploring all the castle walls. Great views from the top. Lovely gift shop. Information boards on...More

1  Thank Becky-Saxelby-Ward
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind feedback. We're so pleased your children enjoyed themselves.

Reviewed October 15, 2017

The garden around the castle are really nice and when there's good weather, perfect for a picnic. The castle it's self is nice enough but it's very hollow. So from what ever level you are on you get the same view of it all the...More

1  Thank Vicky L
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're sorry you were disappointed by the internal views, but pleased you liked the views from the top.

Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

A brilliant castle that can be seen standing proud oher the river Medway as you crosses Rochester Bridge. Mainly intact.

Thank PHE22
Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review

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Charmaine S
October 11, 2017|
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Response from Rochester C | Property representative |
Hello, it isn't far at all. The train station is in a road that runs parallel to the High Street. Simply cross that road and you will be in the heart of Rochester.
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bearsden12017
May 25, 2017|
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Response from RobininBRISTOL | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think so
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JemimaX
October 10, 2016|
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Response from Rochester C | Property representative |
Yes for entrance to the Keep It's £6.40 for an adult, £4.00 for children or concessions. £16.80 for a family. The grounds are free to visit.
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