Enjoy a visit to Rochester Castle with your Kent Pass and get a 2for1 on entry!
Guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Today it stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester along with the cathedral and cobbled streets.
Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built about 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113 feet high.
In 1215, garrisoned by rebel barons, the castle endured an epic siege by King John.
Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the sixteenth century.
Rochester Castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm please check the Rochester Castle website for the latest information. Pre-booking is not required but other safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe: one of these safety measures is the introduction of limits on visitor numbers and this means visitors may be required to queue.