Rockingham Castle

Norman castle commissioned by William the Conqueror and home to the Saunders-Watson family.

Northamptonshire, LE16 8TH

Rockingham Castle overhead view
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Rockingham Castle has stood on this wonderful escarpment position for almost 950 years.

There are very few homes that have been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. Whether it is images of Knights in shining armour, a Tudor house, a Victorian home staffed with servants, or contemporary art, Rockingham has it all.

Opening Times


April to May: Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

June to September: Sundays, Tuesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

12pm to 5pm (castle from 1pm; last entry 4.30pm).

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Free access does not apply on Castle event days.

Adult Event & Castle: £12
Child Event & Castle: £7.50
Family Event & Castle: £31.50
Grounds Only: £7.50

Group Visits

Groups wishing to visit the house during public open days are welcome; on these occasions group visitors will join the public on a ‘free-flow’ basis.

Guided tours for groups are available on most days by appointment.

The minimum number for a group booking is 20 persons.

Educational Visits

A school trip to Rockingham Castle provides a unique experience that could not be replicated in a school environment.

Our Castle tour usually covers all aspects of the Castle’s history as appropriate to the ages of the group. However, we tailor our tours to your needs therefore special emphasis on a particular period can be arranged.

Contact us for more information:

01536 770240

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.



Rockingham Castle: In Pictures

James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle

This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been my family’s home for 450 years. The Castle is now home to my wife, Elizabeth and our children, all of whom enjoy the Castle as I did as a child. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Rockingham Castle family

Getting here

Northamptonshire, LE16 8TH

Located 2 miles north of Corby, 9 miles east of Market Harborough.

There is a regular train service from London St Pancras to Corby (3 miles),Kettering (8 miles) & Market Harborough (10 miles). The train journey takes approximately one hour. Taxis should be available at the stations.


Looking to visit Rockingham Castle?

Rockingham Castle is open from April to May, on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. It’s also open from June to September, on Sundays, Tuesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays. See our Opening Times and Admissions tabs above for further information on dates and times in which you can visit the castle and its grounds. Historic Houses members enjoy free entry when showing their membership card at the gate.

If you’re interested in joining Historic Houses as a member, you can find out more about membership below. Members enjoy free access to almost three hundred independently owned historic houses across the UK for free using their membership card, as well as a quarterly magazine and monthly online lectures about the houses.

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Rockingham Castle Dining Room

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