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Tour options around the Castle and Gardens


Castle Tours 2014

Rockingham Castle has stood on this wonderful escarpment position for 900 years. For 450 years it was a Royal Castle & for the following 450 years a family home. A group tariff is available for days on which the Castle is open to day visitors.

20th April to the end of May
Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

June to 30th September
Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays
Open 12 noon - 5pm.  Grounds open at 12 noon.  Castle opens at 1pm
The group tariff is: Adults £9.50 & Children £4.75.

Private Guided Tours.  On other days, a fascinating private guided tour of the Castle is provided by experienced Castle staff.  Following the tour visitors are welcome to enjoy the extensive gardens.  Full details of these tours are available in 'downloadable documents' - 'Group Organisers Information'. Fridays and Saturdays are not available for group visits due to our popularity as a wedding venue.

The private tour tariff is: Adults £11. Time allowed approximately 1 hour & 15 minutes for Castle Tour.

A combined private Castle & garden tour is available for £16 per visitor.



School Tours

Rockingham Castle has won a number of Sandford Awards, most recently in February 2011, for its contribution to education.  We have an audio visual of the 'Castle Under Siege', which can be viewed as part of a visit.

Castle tours are normally - broad brush - covering all aspects of the Castle's history as appropriate to the ages of the group.  However, if you would like special emphasis to be placed on a particular period please indicate on the booking form, or if there are any other special requirements peculiar to your year group.

Guided tours of the Castle are given to groups of up to 30 children at a time, with not less than 1 adult for every 15 children.  Additional adults are charged the prevailing group adult tariff.  Tours are taken by Guides, many of them former teachers, all understand the particular needs of children.

An education pack is available to assist teachers in making best possible use of the visit.  The details of which are set out on the schools visit page.

Please click on the email address on the header to request a full pack of information to enable you to plan your visit.

School tariff : Children £4.75. One adult free with every 15 children. Additional adults £9.50


Civil War Costumed Tour

The English Civil War was one of the more significant events in the long history of the castle. This year we are offering a period costumed tour of the castle when the guides will recreate a lively cameo of life "Upstairs & Down" during the Civil War.

The tariff for the costumed tour is: Adults £12 & Children £6.
Time allowed for the Costumed Tour 1 hour & 15 minutes.



Candlelight Supper Tour

(April - September)
In beautiful and unique surroundings we will provide a relaxed evening with a guided tour of both the Castle & gardens. As you will see from the menu there is a comprehensive choice available for your group.

The 2014 cost of this special evening at Rockingham Castle is £30 per person for a group of a minimum of 20 visitors.
Time allowed approximately 3 hours.

A typical evening might be as follows:-

7.00pmYour party arrives and is greeted by a member of the Castle staff.
7.15pmA walk around the gardens with the Head Gardener, Richard Stribley, is followed by a guided tour of the Castle.
8.45pmSupper by candlelight in Walker's House (part of the Castle).

 Click here to download a full programme for the evening.


Garden Tour

The gardens at Rockingham extend to about 18 acres & fall into two distinct garden types.

The formal gardens surround the Castle and include the Cross Garden, Rose Garden & the remarkable "elephant" yew hedge which dissects the formal garden & is reputedly 400 years old. The second part of the garden is the Wild Garden which extends across the valley to the east of the Castle & is home to a fascinating collection of plants & trees. Head Gardener, Richard Stribley guides these informative tours during which questions are positively encouraged.

The group tariff is: Adults £7.50.
Time allowed approximately 1 hour 30 mins for the garden tour.

A combined private Castle & garden tour is available for £16 per visitor.



Christmas Eve 1881 at Rockingham Castle

24th November - 4th December 2014. There are a limited number of places each day for groups to visit the Castle for this extremely popular Christmas spectacular.  With the Gift Shop opening offering an exciting range of gifts for friends & family.  The Castle Courtyard decorated with illuminated trees offers a warm welcome to visitors.  The Castle staff, in costume of 1881, provide an entertaining tour as the preparations for Christmas Eve 1881 are completed. The Castle restaurant will be offering a selection of seasonal dishes from coffee and mince pie and cream to a 2 course lunch from locally sourced produce.

Castle tour:
Adults £9

Group Organisers:  Please telephone the Office to arrange the date & time of your visit before publicising your trip.
Information & group bookings:
01536 770240