Built in 1080 on the site of a Roman camp which was enlarged into a Saxon castles. The Norman keep added in 1130 is the tallest in England at over 100 feet high and has 12 feet thick walls. The castle was neglected and damaged after 3 sieges in the 13th century and the removal of some stone but it was repaired in 1370-80. It was allowed to decay after the 15th century until 1883 when it was opened to the public.
Managed by English Heritage, open all year.
Parts of the 14/15th century city walls (which were first constructed in the 3rd century) still stand.
|By Rochester Bridge on the River Medway.|
|Castle Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW|