A stunning Norman castle with panoramic views over the town and River Medway has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Sometimes hosts fairs in its grounds
See the English Heritage website for Rochester Castle.
What makes it special
- Magnificent Norman Keep
Please be aware that the castle will be closed to visitors from Monday 4th March to Friday 12th April to allow for essential maintenance work to take place inside the keep. From Saturday 13th April to Friday 3rd May the castle will remain closed on weekdays, but will be open every weekend, and on Good Friday and Easter Monday. The grounds will be open as normal during the entire period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Nearby Upnor Castle is open daily from 1st April.
See Opening Times for details.
Other things to do nearby
Guy Fawkes once tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and, whilst you won't find any gunpowder there anymore, it is still home to the UK government and some often explosive discussions between the
The British Museum houses a vast collection of artefacts and treasures, many of them acquired as the British Empire grew.
YHA Medway is in a great area for all cyclists. Capstone Country Park has plenty of cycling routes for all abilities.
The hostel is close to the lovely North Downs Way, a great walking route just waiting to be discovered.
Learn more about maritime history in Chatham at this interesting heritage site and museum. Visit the Dockyard website
0 miles Have a day exploring this beautiful green space of ancient woodland, freshwater lakes and fascinating wildlife. Visit the website
Explore historic Leeds Castle - a fascinating day out for all the family with falconry displays and regular events. Be amazed by the Maze and Underground Grotto. Even take a Segway tour of
The longest artificial slope in the South East, try your hand at skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing! Visit the Snowsports website