Places of interest
There are many places of interest in and around Rochester. To give
you some idea of which you could visit depending on how long your stay
is, here they are in three groups (click for more info):
For the day-tripper
For the weekender
For longer visits
Events on this year
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Walking Tours of Rochester
City of Rochester Society's conducted walking tours of Rochester will
resume on Good Friday (14th April) and take place every Sat, Sun, Wed,
bank holiday and festival days until the end of September. Tours
start from Visitor Information Centre at 2.15pm and are free of
charge. For More information contact Alan Moss on 01634 721886
Rochester Ghost Walk Tours
On the last Sunday of each month, discover some of the tragedies that
have befallen some of Rochester's
historic residents. Meet by the Little Theatre opposite Rochester Railway Station at 7.30pm.
The tour costs £4 per person, and lasts over an hour. For more information please visit www.hauntedrochester.blogspot.com
Places close to the shopping area include:
- One of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in
The grounds are good for a picnic stop.
Rochester Cathedral - England's second oldest
foundation. Its architecture is Norman and early English.
Guildhall Museum - An excellent and free
museum stuffed with interesting artefacts, plus the Prison Hulks
Restoration House & Garden - A unique Elizabethan city mansion. It is
"Satis House" of Great Expectations. Limited opening hours.
The Six Poor Travellers (almshouses) - A sixteenth century building once,
as its name suggests, was a lodge for weary travellers.
In addition to these there are many other interesting and historic
buildings along the High Street.
Some half- day visits are suggested;
Upnor Castle - A short way out of the city, this splendid 16th century
fortification stands on the banks of the Medway, in the quaint village of
- On the hills overlooking Chatham
and the river stands this rambling Napoleonic fort with its huge network
of tunnels. One of several forts that encircle the Medway Towns.
Gads Hill Place
- Once the home of Charles Dickens is a few miles from Rochester,
Museum - In
Gillingham, is a fascinating collection of exhibits charting the history
of military engineering through the years.
Chatham Historic Dockyard - Needs a whole day to
make the most of a visit. It includes the R.N.L.I. national lifeboat
collection; Kent Police Museum; a working ropery; plus 3 historic ships
are on display – HMS Cavalier, Britain’s last remaining WWII
destroyer, the submarine HMS Ocelot and after restoration, the last
Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet.
Enjoy a trip on the Kingswear
- details from Visitors Centre.
Enjoy your stay!