Make the most of your visit to the Huguenot Museum and spend the whole day in Historic Rochester.
With a wealth of historic sites, cafes and restaurants, Rochester is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Here are our top picks!
The Guildhall Museum is located on the High Street in Rochester. The Guildhall is a grand 17th century building. The Museum tells the story of the Medway Towns, from pre-historic archaeology to prison hulks and of course, Dickens.
Open: 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays
Rochester Castle was strategically placed next to the London Road to guard the main crossing of the River Medway. Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built around 1127. The Southern corner was rebuilt following a siege in 1215 when King John used the fat of 40 pigs to fire a mine under the keep.
Entry: Adults £6, Concessions £3.80, Free with English Heritage membership
Open: Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
The stunning Rochester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship since 604AD. The present building dates to around 1080. The Cathedral is a triumph of Norman architecture but also has one of the finest Romanesque facades in England.
Entry: Free, donations welcome
Open: 7.30am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, till 5pm Sunday
Restoration House is situated in the heart of historic Rochester. The mansion house is so called because King Charles II stayed here on the eve of the Restoration. The house was later immortalised by Charles Dickens as ‘Satis House’ in ‘Great Expectations’ – the home of Miss Haversham.
Entry: Adults £7.50, Concessions £6.50, Children £3.75
Open: 28th May – 25th September, Thursdays & Fridays 10am – 5pm
Six Poor Travellers House
Located next door to the Huguenot Museum is the Six Poor Travellers House. This Tudor charity house was founded by the Elizabethan MP Richard Watts to provide board and lodgings for six poor travellers. The house and charity feature in Dickens’ short story ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’. In the summer a must visit is their courtyard and herb garden.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 2pm (from 1st March – 31st October)
For more information on things to see and do in Rochester, please visit Medway’s Visitor Information Centre located on the ground floor of the Huguenot Museum.