3 July 2012

Rochester Castle

This is the first of four posts I'll be doing about places I visited on my holiday this year.

Rochester Castle, unsurprisingly, is located in the Kentish town of Rochester. It stands next to 
the River Medway which flows from London to Dover.

The first Castle on the site was a Norman one but was rebuilt to the one still standing there in 1127 during the reign of Henry I.

The Castle, like most others built during this time, was built first as a defensive mechanism. During this time there were peasant riots up and down the country as people objected to a foreign king.

The Castle later became a hub for the growth of a town.

Over the road from Rochester Castle you can see Rochester Cathedral, this led to some interesting shots!

If you're in the area and you like a bit of history the castle's well worth a visit, it's not expensive to get in and there's a wealth of information available to see as you're walking round. 

Not only this but it is very easy to access using public transport as well as car, at least I assume car is easy, but neither my boyfriend or I can drive and it was a 2 minute walk from the bus stop. 

Don't expect to spend a long time looking round the castle however, it took us about an hour and we stopped and read all the signs and went up and down all the stairs... and I happen to freak out a little going down stairs.

On the other hand the castle grounds are free to get into and you can have a picnic there!

Live, Love, Travel



  1. Love your photos!! I have always wanted to visit a castle!

    1. Thank you :) Visiting Castles was a major feature of my childhood holidays. I love it!

  2. Wow, these pictures are great. One day I'll make it across the Atlantic to see them in-person.

    Here's an award should you choose to accept it:

    1. Thank you :)
      If you can make it one day it's definitely worth coming and seeing our castles, although there are a lot of them and they all become pretty similar after a while!
      Thank you for the award, but I've made a decision not to accept anything like that. It's really sweet of you to pick me and I might answer the questions anyway, it would be an interesting post possibly.
      Have a great day.

  3. Great and interesting post!
    Beautiful photos.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I love old castles, but we don't have castles like that here.
    Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you, and you too.
      I love old castles and churches and houses too.
      Why don't you have any like that there?
      And where are you from?

  4. I have never had the chance to visit a castle. What a wonderful place to see. So much history. Visiting from live love travel.

    1. You should put it on your to-do list. Everyone needs the chance to see a castle at least once in their life right? Over here it's pretty much a standard school trip :P

  5. what an amazing place! I love the shots of the castle!

    1. It certainly had a fair amount of history to it. The round tower was built to replace one of the square ones because structurally they're harder to knock over :) Thank you :)