Rochester Tourist Information

Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle

Guarding the Medway, riverside Rochester with its spectacular castle featuring a Norman Keep dating from 1127 has a wonderful pedestrianised town centre brimming with heritage Guildhalls, boutique craft shops and chic cafes. The town famously has links with the author Charles Dickens who spent much of his early years in the area and was influenced by sights and scenes in the environment, notably The Six Poor Travellers House and Rochester’s great Restoration House built between 1580 and 1600, the inspiration for Miss Havisham’s Satis House in ‘Great Expectations’.

Restoration House Rochester - Miss Havisham's Satis House in Dickens' 'Great Expectations'.

Restoration House Rochester – Miss Havisham’s Satis House in Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’.

Restoration House is open for tours and features a superb art gallery and Rochester hosts two Dickens festivals annually. Don’t miss a tour of the Guildhall Museum in the town centre where you’ll find an extensive exhibition on Dickens with fascinating Dickens Memorabilia. Ancient treasures are also in beautiful Rochester centre, for Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest cathedral boasting spectacular Norman architecture, unique Medieval wall paintings and well worn pilgrim steps.

Rochester castle is home to one of the country’s few surviving Norman Keeps and other attractions and delights in Rochester include the town’s chic independent boutiques, exquisite craft shopping and scenic boat trips along the Medway. Browse a superb selection of heritage boutique hotels, luxury guest houses and character self-catering accommodation in Rochester here on Iknow, with a selection of Grade listed and award-winning B&Bs available in the area. Find Rochester B&Bs and holidays cottages now and book a place to stay in Rochester online.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.