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
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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. Kind regards
“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.”
“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 your input into the day – it made my job so much easier. With very best wishes"
"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.”