Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle
Castle Hill
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1SW
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/filestore/visitsevents/asp/visits/Details.asp?Property_Id=213

Telephone

01634 402276

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The first castle was built on this site by the Romans to protect the bridge across the River Medway. Watling Street, the main road from London to Dover crossed here. Bishop Gundolf started work on the current castle on behalf of William the Conquerer in 1087. It is 113 feet high, 70 feet square and the walls are between 11 and 13 feet thick. King John lay siege to the castle in 1215 and took it after two long months. He finally undermined the south east tower and burned the props with the "fat of forty pigs" causing the tower to collapse. This tower was rebuilt round rather than square which you will probably notice if you visit.

The trek to the top of the castle is well worth the hard work. The spiral stone staircases are well worn and narrow if you meet traffic coming the other way. The views of the city are breath taking so take your camera.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

April - September 10.00 - 18.00
October - March 10.00 - 16.00

Closed: 24 - 26 Dec 2003 & 1 Jan 2004

Admission charges

Adults £3.60
Students/Senior £2.60
Family £9.70

Collection details

Architecture

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Heritage Open Days 2014: Rochester Castle - Tower Two, Rochester Castle Gardens

  • 13 — 14 September 2014

New for 2014, visitors will have the chance to meet our brave young knight in our new education room - Tower Two. Tower Two has been recently refurbished, and is accessed from the free to enter Rochester Castle Garden. Standing proud on the banks of the River Medway and with the tallest keep in England, Rochester Castle is an impressive and prominent feature of the Medway skyline.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/rochester-castle1

Luna Cinema: Gladiator

  • 25 September 2014 7:15-9:15pm

Come along for an outdoor screening of Gladiator (2000). The Luna Cinema is the country's leading producer of open air cinema events. Our screenings follow one simple formula: a classic film on a big screen in a beautiful or prestigious setting. We use state of the art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment to provide a cinema quality visual and audio experience, but with the magic of being under the stars. Please note: site will be open an hour and a half before start time. Start/end times are estimated as the sun must go down before the film commences.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please book in advance.

Luna Cinema: Mamma Mia

  • 26 September 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Come along for an outdoor screening of Mamma Mia (2008). The Luna Cinema is the country's leading producer of open air cinema events. Our screenings follow one simple formula: a classic film on a big screen in a beautiful or prestigious setting. We use state of the art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment to provide a cinema quality visual and audio experience, but with the magic of being under the stars. Please note: site will be open an hour and a half before start time. Start/end times are estimated as the sun must go down before the film commences.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please book in advance.

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