If you were asked to draw the quintessential English castle, you'd probably sketch something very similar to the mighty Rochester Castle in Kent. Built in the 1080s, this imposing stone structure was the first of its kind in England, and at 38m high, is the tallest surviving medieval building in Europe. So if you want to crane your neck and look upon the lofty battlements of Rochester Castle, why not pencil a daytrip to this renowned heritage site into your Kent cottage holiday itinerary; there's no better place to absorb a bit of history on your next cottage holiday in the South East of England.
History abound at Rochester Castle
Guarding an important crossing on the River Medway for over 900 years, it's safe to say that Rochester Castle has been in the wars a bit over the past millennium. The castle was the site of three major sieges, each taking its grim toll on the castle's structural integrity. Today, the scars of those particular assaults can still be seen in the form of the demolished square turret south-east of the keep, which provides history fans with some seriously authentic eye-candy. Before returning to your cosy Kent holiday cottage, be sure to plug in to one of Rochester Castle's audio guides, which provide the perfect accompaniment to a stroll around this fascinating English Heritage site.
If you're looking for somewhere to keep the kids entertained on your next cottage holiday in Kent, a trip to Rochester Castle may be the ideal place to do so. With its extensive grassy grounds, fascinating history and accompanying children's guide, a visit to Rochester Castle will have the kids recreating scenes from the history books long after you return to your nearby holiday cottage. Whilst you're in the area, pay a visit to the town of Rochester, whose Cathedral and cobbled streets provide yet another reminder of the town's proud history.
Rochester Castle- Opening Times & Visitor Information
So if you want to add a sprinkling of history to your next holiday, why not visit Rochester Castle. The site is open from 10am-6pm seven days a week, with prices starting at just £15.30 for a family of five. What's more, our Kent holiday cottages provide the ideal place to return to after a day of exploration within the walls of Rochester Castle, so book now for your chance to unearth all of the history that this site has to offer.