We visited Rochester Castle on the same day as we visited Rochester Cathedral - a Castle and a Cathedral in one day, wonderful :)
The keep from the Castle Gardens.
Rochester Castle was built in the 12th Century, it holds a strategic position on the River Medway in Kent, with its beautiful keep overlooking the shipping travelling up and down the River. The Keep is the best preserved stone keep in England or France.
Looking down to the lower levels of the building.
...and looking up :)
Looking down from roof level, the netting is there probably to stop birds getting inside.
The Keep itself is 125 feet high, built of Kentish Ragstone, with finely dressed Caen stone window surrounds, and corner stones. The building has been roofless since the 16th Century, Joist holes in the walls show the original floor levels, and remains of fireplaces and internal windows can still be seen.
The Cathedral as seen from the Castle, which shows how close the two buildings are.
One of the roof walkways.
You can see the steeple of the Cathedral in this photo :)
Looking down on the Castle Gardens with the River Medway in the background.
The Castle Gardens as seen from the roof of the Keep. This area was the Bailey of the original castle, and would have had various buildings on it.
Another view of the River Medway, showing part of the Curtain Wall and maybe some remains of the buildings which once stood on the site.