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Dudley takes you round the castle

Date: 07/03/2008           Category: Tourism

Visitors to Rochester Castle have the opportunity to be guided around by a character from the castle’s colourful past. Thanks to funding from an EU Interreg grant, Hugh Dudley, the Deputy Constable who lived at the castle in the sixteenth century, is the voice of the new, multi-lingual audio guides. He leads visitors from the keep into the Constable’s room, down to the depths of the cesspit and up again to the chapel. Hugh brings the castle’s history to life by describing the function and decoration of each room in vivid detail while sound effects and other voices add atmosphere to the narration. In each of the nine rooms, visitors learn about life in the past, from the food that was eaten, to the sanitary arrangements. At the final point, high up on the battlements, the last stand is recreated as Dudley describes the siege of 1215 and informs his modern guests how the castle fell into disrepair. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, Cllr Howard Doe said: “I think this is a splendid way for visitors of all ages to find out about the castle and its history. It’s a great way to bring history to life.” Rochester Castle is open between 10am-4pm until 31 March. From 1 April – 30 September opening times are 10am-6pm. Last admission, 45 minutes before closing. Admission: adults £5, children/students £4, concessions £4, family ticket £14. The audio guides cost £1 to hire. Phone: 01634 402276 Email: rochester.castle@medway.gov.uk ends