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Rockingham Castle

Amazing Norman Castle near Corby

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 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.


Rockingham Castle Gardens Open - 23rd May 2021

Come and enjoy a stroll through the gardens at Rockingham Castle.  With masses of big open spaces ...


Tudor History Day - 30th May - 31st May 2021

Come and meet the personalities behind the portraits as all six wives regale ...


Jousting - 20th June 2021



Macbeth Outdoor Theatre - 1st July 2021

The Lord Chamberlain’s ...


Food and Drink Fair - 17th July - 18th July 2021

Rockingham Castle Food &...


Conquer the Castle - 31st July 2021

Runners are welcomed to Conquer the Castle and run as many 5k laps of the Castle as they can in 6 hours either solo or ...


Civil War History Day - 8th August 2021

Lord Grey of Groby, Commander-in-Chief of the forces of the Parliament in the ...

Contact & Opening Times

Rockingham Castle
LE16 8TH

The castle and gardens are now open to visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of September.

Pre-booking is essential.

Due to current situation concerning coronavirus we are limiting the number of visitors on site at any one time. 

Please see the castle website for further information.

  • Baby changing
  • Child friendly
  • Coach parking
  • Couples
  • Dog friendly
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Group tours
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • The whole family
  • Wheelchair access
  • Young children

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