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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.


Halloween Fun at Rockingham Castle - 29th October - 2nd November 2019

The Witches of Rockingham are returning to Rockingham Castle. Help them Celebrate Halloween during the half term holidays. With lots of activities to keep the ...


Victorian Christmas - 27th November - 1st December 2019

Its Christmas Eve 1849 and the Castle is decorated to help you step back in time to a thoroughly Victorian Christmas. The fires are lit, the ...

Contact & Opening Times

LE16 8TH

The Castle will be open for two events

Halloween Opening
Tuesday 29th October - Friday 1st November
11am - 4pm daily

Victorian Christmas 
Wednesday 27th November - Sunday 1st December
11am - 5pm daily - pre-booking essential. 

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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