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Rochester Castle

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Address: Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, England
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+44 1634 332901
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10:00 - 16:00
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Built in 1087, this castle is one of England's finest and best preserved...

Built in 1087, this castle is one of England's finest and best preserved examples of Norman architecture.

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Fine example of a Norman Keep

Well worth a walk around, great view from the top across the towns. Best of all visit one of the summer concerts and enjoy music in a magical setting.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a walk around, great view from the top across the towns. Best of all visit one of the summer concerts and enjoy music in a magical setting.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't visit Rochester without seeing its epicentre! Typically a regular castle steeped in history

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoy visiting. More 

Sidcup, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really impressed, didn't expect there to be so much to explore and although the castle is in ruins you can still climb and walk around much of the place. Definitely worth a visit.

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

More to see than you would imagine from the exterior, which is impressive and dominates the area. English Heritage do a great job and it's almost worth joining just for this castle.

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Whilst we do work very closely with English Heritage and as you have pointed out, membership does include entry to the site, the Castle is managed by Medway Council. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Quite a climb to the top of this castle but well worth it for the view across The Medway and across to the cathedral.

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're pleased you enjoy the views. More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So many castles are just ruins but Rochester castle still has all the walls and stairs and even some floors. OK the roof has gone but it has all been restored so that you can explore the castle and really see how it was in its original form.

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're so pleased you enjoy visiting. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly majestic edifice situated right on the river Medway. Gives an excellent feel of Norman military architecture - plus of course the story of the siege and re built round turret.

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst in the area stopped with two young kids to explore the castle. Cost around £15 for one adult and two children which is not too bad to help maintaining the castle ruins. Fantastic views over Rochester from multiple windows and the roof. Lots of information boards around and a audio guide is available for £1 Lots of steep stairs... More 

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad you and the children enjoyed the visit. Excellent recommendation for wearing appropriate clothing. More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with our two young daughters during half term. It was cold and windy but a clear sunny day. Some of the views from the castle were just stunning. You could see the river, cathedral and more. Some of the steps were steep and narrow so care should be taken. You could really imagine how it used to be... More 

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad you and your daughters had a great time. More 

Blackburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely view, like a lot of castles ruined and not much to see, as such armour wise but good for the imagination can be awkward for those who have trouble walking. Look at pigs in a different light when you look at the history of the castle

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Rochester C, Manager at Rochester Castle, responded to this review

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