Rockingham Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Rockingham Castle
Rockingham Castle is one of the oldest castles in Northamptonshire. William the Conqueror first recognized the strategic importance of the site of Rockingham castle. The castle was in royal hands for over 450 years and was essentially a very regal hunting lodge until the reign of Edward III. It was set in 18 acres of gardens. One of the most prominent garden features is the so-called 'Elephant Hedge', a 400-year-old circular yew hedge that cuts through the 17th-century formal terraced garden.
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East Carlton country Park
3.95km from Rockingham Castle
This beautiful country park is situated on the edge of the beautiful Welland Valley. Walkthrough the woods and grassland and watch the local wildlife. There is also specialist play equipment for disabled children. There are country walks throughout the park, through fine mature woodland and grasslands. You can see a varied habitat and a great variety of wildlife throughout the year.
Eye Brook Reservoir
4.27km from Rockingham Castle
Eyebrook Reservoir is a jewel hidden in one of the prettiest parts of England. Surrounded by rolling arable fields, pasture land, spruce, pine and willow trees. This large reservoir straddles the border between Leicestershire and Rutland. Access is limited but good views of the northern end are available from the road. It was built between 1937 and 1940 by damming the Eye Brook and the site now covers around 200 hectares.
Lyddington Bede House
5.75km from Rockingham Castle
Lyddington Bede House originated as the medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln. Visitors can wander through the bedesmen’s rooms, with their tiny windows and fireplaces, and view the former bishops’ Great Chamber on the first floor, with its beautifully carved ceiling cornice. Come and discover this delightful visitor attraction in Rutland.
Great Merrible Wood
5.87km from Rockingham Castle
Great Merrible Wood is a 12 hectare nature reserve east of Hallaton in Leicestershire. It is owned and managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, and is part of the Eye Brook Valley Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is semi-natural ancient woodland with several unusual herbs, such as broadleaved helleborine, herb paris and violet helleborine. One of the iconic location for an outing and also for some adventure too.
6.04km from Rockingham Castle
Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses, once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. While you explore, be sure to take in the incredibly rich decoration throughout the Hall, as well as the breathtaking view of the garden from the windows of the staterooms. It is a leading and early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. Construction on the building began in 1570, based on the designs in French architectural pattern books and
Weldon Woodland Park
6.19km from Rockingham Castle
An established park, which has undergone a heavy planting programme that will become a haven for wildlife in years to come. A 40-acre area with grassland walks and adult fitness trail, bmx track, half pipe skateboard unit, junior football pitch, basketball pitch and 2 children's play areas.
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Northamptonshire, archaically known as the County of Northampton, is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015, it had a population of 723,000. The county is administered by two unitary authorities: North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire. It is known as "The Rose of the Shires".