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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 December 2010

Rochester is a short train ride from London. I originally was going to do Rochester as a quick visit and head down to Dover (same train line) but wound up spending all day at Rochester. The walk from the train station is short but still...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 December 2013

This Christmas Market lacks every sense of Christmas, the majority of the stalls are weekend market tat. The only things good going for are the Coffee and the Cheese. So disappointed.

8  Thank BryonyMcGinley
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Reviewed 6 days 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

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Reviewed 6 days 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set off from sunny Suffolk to give this place look. Cannot put my finger on it but expected a little more. The keep is fantastic though and the views from the top are well worth the climb. Information boards everywhere if you choose not to...More

Thank Paul N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rochester castle Concerts are a great evening out with the lovely Norman castle in the background a great setting for a lovely evening out

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spoiler alert: this castle was built by a man called Gundulf. An impressive structure. Undermined somewhat by the number of deceased pigeons scattered throughout the castle.

Thank Will T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the castle with two kids (4 and 6 yr), was like visiting a maze, really cool, and every time looking for a new way. Castle is preserved pretty good, nice thing to do.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great little picnic spot for families visiting Rochester. The grounds, both inside and out, of the castle are well kept.

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Response from Rochester C | Property representative |
I'm afraid we don't allow BBQs in the grounds
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
27 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