Welcome to Rockingham Castle's Website
This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been my family's home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson's ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. I think this is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham's long and fascinating story. The Castle is now home to my wife, Elizabeth and our children, all of whom enjoy the Castle as I did as a child.
I very much hope that you enjoy looking at our website and that you will visit the Castle soon.
James Saunders Watson
BUY TICKETS ON-LINE
Rockingham Castle are pleased to now facilitate the purchase of tickets for certain events and open days on-line. We hope that you will find this a valuable service that will simplify and enhance the experience of your visit to the Castle.
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Events @ Rockingham
The next 3 events at Rockingham Castle are listed below. Please take a look through our events section to discover events for 2014. Please note the Castle is now closed until Easter 2014. For group bookings, please contact us.
Sunday 20th April, 2014
Wonderful family fun for the Easter Weekend at Rockingham Castle. Children's Easter Egg Hunt (tokens in exchange for eggs), children's "animal" search and family quiz. Wentworth the Griffin’s Lost Gold quiz. 12 noon – 5pm Click here for further information about our Easter Egg Hunt.
Monday 21st April, 2014
Wonderful family fun for the Easter Weekend. Children's Easter Egg Hunt (tokens in exchange for eggs), children's animal search. Wentworth the Griffin’s quiz. 12 noon – 5pm Click here for further details.
Castle & Grounds Open
Sunday 27th April, 2014
Rockingham Castle & Grounds are open. Grounds & Walkers House Resturant 12 noon. Castle 1pm. Last entry to Castle 4.30pm.
Outside tours take place daily on open days at 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. These tours are complimentary, last approximately 30 minutes and cover the development of the Castle through the ages. Please meet in the Courtyard beside the 'tours' board.
The gardens at Rockingham extend to about 18 acres and fall into two distinct garden types.
The formal gardens surround the Castle and include the Cross Garden....
To find more about garden and other group tours click here
"I am writing to thank the staff of Walkers House tearooms and our most impressive guide for a very enjoyable and interesting visit to Rockingham Castle. The lunch was excellent."
Dr M (May 2013)
"The members of the New Horizon Club would like to thank everyone very much indeed for our lovely visit we had with you on Tuesday 11th June. In particular Brenda, our guide - she was wonderful and so knowledgable and made our tour so interesting."Mrs H (June 2013)
"I want to thank you (Nicola), the staff and Andrew Norman for a marvellous day on Friday. Our members seemed to have a fabulous time. Lunch was delicious and all the staff were so welcoming and friendly.
I am so grateful for you input into the day – it made my job so much easier.
With very best wishes
Caroline" CLA East
"Yesterday I visited Rockingham Castle with a group of friends. I would like to congratulate the staff on the way they received and looked after us.
We arrived early and the gentleman at the entrance welcomed us and was polite and friendly,showed us where to park and then spent time explaining what to do and where we could go. The staff in the tea shop were equally friendly and courteous. As we had dogs with us we sat outside and at their suggestion we moved two benches together and were served on the terrace by helpful and smiling waitresses. We also spoke to the outside tour guide who was just as pleasant as all the other staff.
Everyone we met combined to make our visit most enjoyable.
Mrs H" 29.4.13