We have been to
Rochester many times, most recently August 2000. The
castle was built in Norman times partly on the remains of the
The castle as had its ups and downs, during a siege the tower
in the foreground was undermined and brought down, when it was
rebuilt the tower was built circular to help deflect artillery
fire in the future.
Nowadays the inside of the keep is pretty well gutted with
most of the floors missing, although it is still possible to
reach the top. When at the top it offers wonderful views
across the river Medway on one side and Rochester and Chatham on
the other sides.
The castle is managed by English heritage and is well worth a
visit especially if you take in a walk around the old Dickens
streets of the town. Also there is Fort Amhurst in Chatham
close by, this is a old Napoleonic fort, we went on a ghost tour
around it one evening, very very interesting, I would highly
recommend it to you.