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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.



21 April to 31 May, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

1 June to 30 September, Sundays, Tuesdays and Bank Holidays Mondays, 12pm to 5pm (castle from 1pm, last entry 4.30pm).

Find Us
Find us

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.


Car park on site

  • Free


SkyCabs 01536 202020


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

More admission details

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
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.

Find out more.

A word from the owner

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.
James Saunders Watson

Things to See


The Castle stands on the edge of an escarpment giving dramatic views over the Welland Valley and five counties.
Surrounding the Castle there are some 18 acres of gardens largely following the foot print of the medieval castle.  The vast 400 year old “Elephant Hedge” bisects the formal 17th century terraced gardens.

Find out more about the garden before you take a walk around.

Upcoming events

17 Oct 2019

Murder Mystery Evening

A criminal family, missing gangster and dogged detective will all play a part in a thrilling murder mystery evening at Rockingham Castle on Thursday 17th October

Set in the historic rooms of Walker’s House during the aftermath of World War I, guests will have to solve intriguing clues as they decide which of the interesting characters are responsible for the terrible crime.

Arrival drinks and delicious three course dinner will make it a night to remember.

Get your costumes ready with a prize for the best dressed characters!

All entertainment is provided by The Wise Owl Theatre Company.

Murder Mystery Rockingham Castle
© Rockingham Castle



Celebrate your wedding day in exclusive style. Grand, elegant rooms in this magnificent setting are available for your wedding ceremony, right through to late night partying.

Amazing photographic opportunities await with ancient, historic buildings and three formal gardens creating a wonderful backdrop for memories that last a lifetime.


  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

When we first visited Rockingham Castle we immediately fell in love with the beautiful grounds and rich history. To be able to make our own piece of history in such an iconic part of our country's heritage has left us feeling blessed. All the staff's support in the build up and during the day was nothing short of excellent.

Bride & Groom

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

For centuries Rockingham Castle has entertained royalty and private guests within its ancient walls. The history and tradition continue today.

The beautiful and peaceful grounds of the Castle provide an ideal backdrop for an out of office meeting, seminar or conference in a spectacular setting.

Find out more on our website.


  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Team building activities

I have just launched a new product range using Rockingham Castle as the venue. The choice was perfect offering my team the opportunity to experience a totally different meeting venue. The team was extremely helpful and made organising the event totally seamless including adding an afternoon of fun via the Land Rover Experience.

Briggs Equipment UK Ltd

School 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.