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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.

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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Experience - 22nd March 2020

An extra special guided tour, delicious afternoon tea and delightful keepsake gift – mums and grandmothers are in for a real treat during the Castle’s ...

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NoCluedo Muder Mystery - 3rd April 2020

Solve intriguing clues to find out which entertaining character murdered Admiral Blackstone at Rockingham Castle this spring. Set in the historic rooms of Walker’s ...

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Children's Easter Egg Hunt - 12th April - 13th April 2020

Come along to the annual children’s Easter Hunt and family quiz which takes place in the beautiful Castle Gardens. Alongside this there will be ...

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Fairfax and Favor Rockingham International Horse Trials - 1st May - 3rd May 2020

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Jousting - 21st June 2020

The Knights of Nottingham and the Oxford Household make a thrilling return to Rockingham Castle. With baronial banners streaming, the glint of the sun on ...

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Rockingham Food Festival - 18th July - 19th July 2020

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Rockingham Food Festival - 18th July - 19th July 2020

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Conquer the Castle - 25th July 2020

Visitors to Rockingham castle will immediately understand why William the Conqueror ordered a castle to be built here. With its magnificent views across the Welland ...

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Vikings! of Middle England - 30th August - 31st August 2020

The Vikings return to us again! Be prepared for battles, pageantry, Living History Camp and much more. The Vikings! Of Middle England are most famous ...

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Luna Flix Outdoor Cinema - 4th September - 5th September 2020

Contact & Opening Times

Rockingham Castle
Rockingham
LE16 8TH

The Castle will be open from Easter Sunday to the end of May on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays. Then from June to the end of September on Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

12noon - 5pm

Please see the Castle Website for full event information and to purchase tickets. 

  • Baby changing
  • Child friendly
  • Coach parking
  • Dog friendly
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Group tours
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Tea & cake
  • Wheelchair access
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