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Things to do in Rochester

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The top 18 attractions in Rochester

Historical Monuments in Rochester
Rochester's cathedral
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Located in the historic and commercial heart of the city, the Cathedral of Rochester is one of the main sights to visit. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in the country, huge with wonderful Romanesque architecture. Entrance is free, and the interior is relatively simple, but boasts a magnificent pipe organ and beautiful arches.
Shops in Rochester
Morleys of Rochester
Located in the main street of the city, the High Street (which connects the railway station to the River Thames and the famous Rochester Bridge), Morleys of Rochester is undoubtedly the best bakery in town. Trying to pass by is an ordeal because of the delicious aroma that will tickle your nostrils, so it's almost impossible to pass by without going in! We tried their delicious bread with various cereals, and it was great. There are also some pastries (yummy custard eclairs, raisin bread and cupcakes) at reasonable prices. It has existed for over 100 years, and it's easy to see why!
Castles in Rochester
Rochester's castle
Adjacent to the cathedral and overlooking the peacefully-flowing River Thames, Rochester Castle is the city's main attraction, and shouldn't be missed. Indeed, it can proudly boast one of the tallest guard towers in the country, and is still impressive after centuries of action-packed history! The architecture is typically Norman.
Shops in Rochester
The Candy Bar
Located in the heart of the High Street in the city of Dickens, the Candy Bar is a paradise for lovers of candy. You can find chocolates, candies, various teas and above all, a wide range of simply excellent homemade jams and crafts. The lemon curd is to die for, and costs just 3 pounds for the pot! And there's less conventional ginger curd and banoffee curd available, too. We also tried their exquisite mustards, and particularly enjoyed the tomato mustard. A great delicatessen, really hard to leave without buying something.
Museums in Rochester
The Guildhall museum
At the end of the lovely High Street, near the main junction and the junction with the famous Rochester Bridge is one of the main attractions of the city. The Guildhall Museum is indeed the main museum of Rochester, where you can learn about the history of the city and the region as a whole. There are numerous exhibits that adults and children will both enjoy, and you can learn a lot about the famous author Charles Dickens, who died here in Rochester and was inspired by the city to create many of his most famous works. A great cultural monument, not to be missed.
Squares in Rochester
Gundulph Square
Located at the end of the main tourist and commercial area of ​​the small and charming town of Rochester, Gundulph Square is a charming little place. We fell in love with this pretty shaded corner, its small benches, and beautiful location overlooking the Thames and the famous Rochester Bridge. The perfect spot for a little break.
Historical Monuments in Rochester
The Rochester Bridge
Located at the end of the pretty High Street which crosses the city from the train station to Rochester Bridge, this is the main access point to the historic center of the city. It is easily recognizable thanks to its metallic green architecture. Crossing the Thames and overlooking the pretty harbor town, it gives your arrival to Rochester a special charm.
Streets in Rochester
The Esplanade
Located in the heart of the city and set in a wonderful location, the Esplanade is one of my favorite places in the town of Rochester. It is a long walk along the Thames, from the Rochester Bridge in the city center to the Esplanade Gardens. There are great views of the river and the magnificent castle.
Harbors in Rochester
Rochester Port
Located below the beautiful Esplanade promenade, the small port of Rochester is one of the main attractions of this medieval city. We love the little boats moored along the banks of the Thames, close to the famous and iconic Rochester Bridge, and from this marina we had simply stunning views of the medieval castle and cathedral.
Gardens in Rochester
The Esplanade Gardens
Ideally located, the gardens of the Esplanade of Rochester are undeniably one of the most beautiful corners of the city. These beautiful gardens have been built along the Thames, which flows peacefully through the heart of the city. Very well-maintained with beds of colorful flowers, a manicured lawn and lots of benches, this is a great place for a picnic. You'll have fantastic views of the Thames and the famous Rochester Bridge, as well as the city's medieval castle.
Streets in Rochester
The bakers walk
In the pretty town of Rochester, near the estuary of the Thames, the Bakers Walk is undoubtedly one of my favorite places. It is a small, charming shaded green which connects the Esplanade, the beautiful walk along the river, to the downtown area with the castle and Rochester Cathedral. We love this mysterious-seeming passage and the view it offers visitors.
Gardens in Rochester
The Vines
A little bit away from the center of Rochester (but this is relative, as it's a very small town), the Vines are one of the major parks and green spaces in the city, and one of the nicest. You'll find a very large, well-maintained city park with a big lawn and well-trimmed shrubs. We like to walk with the gentle breeze on our faces, and it's the perfect spot for a picnic.
Historical Monuments in Rochester
Restoration House
Nestled in the beautiful Crow Lane, which runs perpendicular to the High Street of Rochester, the Restoration House seems at first to be quite an ordinary building. But in fact, this is an old mansion (which inspired Dickens' Satis House in Great Expectations), which has been extremely well renovated and is now open to the public. The house tour is interesting enough, but the adjoining gardens are simply magnificent and deserve their own thorough visit.
Amusement Parks in Rochester
Diggerland
Diggerland is the most unique experience in the United Kingdom, where children and adults have the opportunity to handle, steer and drive REAL full-size building and construction machines, under the direction of qualified staff. It's the perfect place to take your kids for a day full of family action. You'll find a variety of rides, mini golf, and of course the chance to drive the construction machinery. There is something for all ages. You can pay at the door, but you'll get better rates if you book in advance online.
Streets in Rochester
High Street
As in most English cities, the High Street in Rochester is the main artery in the town. This is here you'll find all the main shops, and is popular with locals, as well as tourists. We love the variety of brands offered.
Streets in Rochester
Crow Lane
Perpendicular to the vibrant High Street, Rochester's main shopping street, Crow Lane is a particularly charming street. We love the little houses, the large number of churches, and The Vines, the beautiful gardens full of flowers and trees.
Churches in Rochester
Saint Nicolas' Church
Just a few meters from the famous Cathedral of Rochester, which is among the oldest in England, St Nicolas' church is one of the main sights in this town on the Thames estuary. Its Gothic style comes as a pleasant surprise, with its facade entirely covered with ancient stones.
Gardens in Rochester
Rochester Castle gardens
Overlooking the River Thames which flows peacefully through the heart of the beautiful medieval town of Rochester, stands the castle, imposing and majestic. The surrounding gardens are calm and soothing, a great spot to take a little rest.
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