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Rochester

Rochester

Castle Hill, Rochester, South East England, United Kingdom

The basics

Inhabited since the Neolithic era and once settled by the Romans, history-saturated Rochester is full of major landmarks. Located roughly an hour east of London near the confluence of the River Thames and the Medway, the city’s highlight attractions include its castle (the very picture of medieval design, with its crenelated tower and stone fortifications) and its ancient cathedral. Charles Dickens also resided in the area and based many of his stories and works on Rochester. The Rochester Guildhall Museum includes additional information about the city’s history.

Rochester features on numerous day-trip itineraries from London, as well as castle-themed tours of Kent.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Medway Visitor Information Centre, located on Rochester’s historic High Street, is a convenient port of call for first-time visitors.
  • Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas, which includes traditional decorations, artisan vendors, lamplit processions, and more, is held every December.
  • In addition to the Rochester Guildhall Museum, the Huguenot Museum explores another side of British history.
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How to get there

Upwards of 200 trains run daily between major London stations and Rochester, and most trips are under an hour. If traveling by car, Rochester can also be reached via the A2; most journeys take roughly 1.5 hours.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges


When to get there

There’s never a bad time to visit Rochester. That said, the city’s twice-a-year Dickens Festival is a particularly festive time to visit. The event, which is typically held in June and December, offers a chance to celebrate the city’s unique literary heritage.

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Festivals in Rochester

In addition to its Dickens festivals, Rochester also hosts other major events throughout the year. The Sweeps Festival, held in early May, includes Morris dancing, maypoles, and other traditional festivities, while the Castle Concerts series, held every summer at the Rochester Castle, welcomes prominent musicians to perform in the atmospheric surroundings.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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