Castle Hill, Rochester, United Kingdom
Rochester Castle Reviews
After the lovely Cathedral comes the rather zzzzzz..... Castle Sep 29, 2013
And so we have it here... call me lame for rating this 1 star (and I was being generous, mind!) but after visiting the splendid Cathedral (check the review here - http://www.travbuddy.com/Rochester-Cathedral-v819494) I was left with the Castle. And, despite getting a hunch that it could be boring, I'm such a glutton for punishment I actually did decide to wander inside.
I won't bore you with the history, except that the shtick this Castle carries is that it's the tallest in England. And what I learnt long ago was that tallest or biggest or brightest ain't always the BEST.
The Castle does look splendid from outside, think Tower of London set in a beautiful landscape next to the Cathedral. And there's a "warning" hanging by the main entrance (a makeshift metal staircase leading to the Visitor's) that says that the terrace is closed on "windy days". On hindsight, how I wish the day I went was windy....!
At first, I thought the Castle was closed (yes, that's how many people visit!) as the Castle Grounds looked like a community park, and I didn't see a queue of people concentrated near any entrance. But I walked up the staircase to find that it is.... OPEN! Paid my fees (thankfully less than 5 quid I reckon) and, well walked up.
The problem with this place was that, whilst historically, (when the rooms were still intact) it must've been magnificent to see but in reality it felt like walking into a bomb struck middle class apartment building. You just had various floors with a semblance to what were walls and ceilings once upon a time. So in effect, I paid good money to, just walk up and down a dilapidated building. I hate to sound negative, but I just wasn't "feeling" the thrill.
The only saving grace of this was walking all the way up to the top, so you not only got good views of the Cathedral, but also the lovely white cliffs and the cityline in general. But this place is hollow and dark (that means voices echo) and the structure lends itself nicely for screamy kids to get screamier. So with a running nose, a fever, awful winds and body fatigue, the last thing I needed was constant high pitch shrill voices in my ear.
So all in all, sickness and weather aside - I wouldn't really recommend this place to anyone. I mean, if you've schlepped all the way to Rochester, then yes, by all means, visit the Castle. But trust me, don't worry about losing any sleep or turning in your grave if you died without visiting it!
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