Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, Market Harborough LE16 8TH, United Kingdom

Rockingham Castle is a former royal castle and hunting lodge in Rockingham Forest.

The site on which the castle stands has been used in the Iron Age, Roman period, and by the invading Saxons also used by the Normans, Tudors, and also used in the Medieval Period. This is because its position on the elevated ground provides clear views of the Welland Valley from a strong defensible location.

In 1270 Henry III strengthened the castle with the addition of a twin D-tower gatehouse. But less than a century later Edward III became the last monarch to visit the castle while it was possessed by The Crown.

Nowadays the castle is also a beautiful setting for weddings or other formal events.


  • The Great Hall: The Great Hall retains a strong Tudor atmosphere with portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and her most powerful advisors
  • The Long Gallery: this gallery has some of the finest paintings and furniture in the Castle. This room would have been the focal point of family entertainment in the past. 
  • Castle Gardens: Surrounding the Castle there are some 18 acres of gardens. The vast 400-year-old “Elephant Hedge” bisects the formal 17th-century terraced gardens

Opening hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 4:30pm


Adult £7.50, Children £3.50

Services & facilities

  • Restrooms
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Accessible restroom
  • Café
  • Gift shop


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