SP 867-913 Northamptonshire England
Rockingham Castle is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by King William I. Built in the Norman layout, of two baileys with the motte in-between, it was a Royal fortress for 450 years. By the end of the 11th century, King William II had founded the stone castle, when adding a shell keep to the large motte and encasing the inner bailey with a curtain wall. Flanking the remains of the curtain wall, is an impressive Edwardian two storey, twin-tower gatehouse built in 1270. After 1485, the castle fell into disrepair and Edward Watson, converted the lodgings into a Tudor house. At the start of the Civil War, it was a Royalist stronghold but it was taken by Lord Grey of Groby and the walls and keep were slighted in 1646. 9 miles south-east is Benefield Castle and 14 miles west is Kibworth Harcourt Castle.
Rockingham Castle is located in the village centre, off Uppingham Road. 23 miles south-east of Leicester, on the A47-A6003.
The site is owned by the Saunders Watson family and is open, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday Easter to May, Tuesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday June to September 12:00-5:00pm, castle opens at 1:00pm, check website for details.
There is a car park.