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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.

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

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