What’s to see and do


A Castle Through the Ages


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, Edward I, and Queen Eleanor. Their lasting influence can still be seen in many parts of the castle and grounds today.


In 1544 Henry VIII 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 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, the direct descendants of Edward Watson.


There are many things to see and do at Rockingham today, come and explore the dynamic history Rockingham has to offer:


Castle Tour 

The Gift Shop

Tea Rooms

Castle Gardens


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Estate office team on 01536 770240 or email us at estateoffice@rockinghamcastle.com