Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

William the Conqueror ordered a motte and bailey Castle to be built at Rockingham around 1070. The Castle has welcomed many Kings and Queens including Richard the Lionheart, King John and Edward I. Their lasting influence can still be seen in many parts of the Castle and grounds today. In 1544 Henry VII granted Rockingham Castle to Edward Watson who turned the, by then, dilapidated Castle into a Family Home. Since then, for almost 500 years, Rockingham Castle has remained a in the Hands of the Watson Family. The Castle saw action during the Civil War and later, Charles Dickens, a family friend, performed plays here. Today the Castle is the home of James and Elizabeth Saunders Watson and their three children, direct descendents of Edward Watson.


Victorian Christmas - 19th November - 23rd November 2018

Come and experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas, sure to get all the family in the mood for festive fun.

Contact & Opening Times

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Opening Times 2017: From Easter Sunday, 16th April to End of May Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays June to the 26th September Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, Grounds and Tea Room open at Noon. Castle Opens at 1pm with Final entry at 4:30pm. 5pm Close. Admissions: House and Gardens - Adults £11.50, Child £7.00, Family £30.00 Grounds Only - Adult or Child £7.00. Please note, tickets for event days can vary, please check the Event Page for Further information.
  • Baby changing
  • Child friendly
  • Coach parking
  • Dog friendly
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Group tours
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Tea & cake
  • Wheelchair access

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