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.
Castle or defences, Archaeological site
1 October 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Child (5-15 years) £3.80
Concession are you eligible? £3.80
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £15.80
Heritage Open Days: Tower Two, Rochester Castle Gardens
- 12 — 13 September 2015
In 2015, as part of our 800th anniversary commemorations for the Siege of Rochester Castle visitors can experience Medieval family life including food & medicine. 12 & 13 September is the final weekend of our Medieval Moments, which are a series of events throughout the summer encouraging visitors to learn more about the life & times of the 1215 siege. Local group - Echoes from History will welcome visitors to Tower Two where they can ask questions & take part in family activities.
Tower Two is a new facility within the wider grounds of Rochester Castle. 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.
- Family friendly