Rochester castle
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Rochester

The UK is well known for its quaint British olde-worlde villages connecting us with the history of periods past. Rochester is one of those towns where from the moment you arrive, you feel transformed in time and immersed in a world of stories past, explored through the City attractions and streets. Exploring the City on foot is not a problem as the main points of interest are conveniently located in the centre, making this a perfect day destination. Come with us as we show you how to make the most of a short stop, afternoon or day out in this wonderful British city.

2 Hours – Stroll down the High st taking in that Market town feel. Pause to admire the view of the Cathedral, read the sign above the door of the Six Poor Travellers House and follow the signs to the Castle. Rochester’s Norman Castle stands tall in the centre of an open park with one of the highest keeps in the UK. Admission is very reasonable and allows you to venture up to the height of 30m inside this fortified beauty to take in the views of the City, River Medway and the nearby town of Strood. If you have time, why not wander down by the waterside.

Rochester castle

4 hours – Following the Castle, the short walk to Rochester Cathedral will see you visiting a wonderfully preserved example of an Anglo-Saxon build. Take some time to discover some of the features inside and wander down to the newly restored crypt with its special exhibition.   Two different Charles’s have a link to Rochester. Seek out Restoration House, the resting place of Charles II the eve before his restoration. As a local to the area, Charles Dickens used Restoration House for his vision of ‘Satis House’ in his much-loved work Great Expectations. Opposite the house is a parkland known as The Vines which provides a happy picnic place if you choose to stop for a bite.

Rochester high street

Day Trip – The High st is the hub of the City, linking through side roads to most of the main attractions. Why not buy an ice-cream and spend some time viewing the many independent shops as you head through. Stop to take a peek inside the Six Poor Travellers House, East Gate and the Guildhall Museum along the way as places of historic and literary interest.   Should you find yourself with time to spare after your busy day, Chatham’s historic docklands are just a stone’s throw away. Other nearby locations include Leeds Castle and the medieval town of Sandwich.

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