Rochester Cathedral

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Rochester Cathedral

We re-visited Rochester Cathedral, prompted by a suggestion from one of our users. If you visit the Cathedral you should use the opportunity to see the Castle which is opposite.

Both from a spiritual and secular point of view the Cathedral is a 'must see' place to visit in the Medway towns. The site has been a centre of community life since the seventh century and possibly even earlier. The building itself is stunning inside and out and is a living document of over a thousand years of history. If you have the opportunity take a guided tour, you'll get much more out of the experience.This link for many more Kent tourist attractions.

Justus a companion of Saint Augustine was credited as being the founder of the Rochester Diocese in the 7th century.

The building is one of great historic significance, it has been a place of unbroken worship for 1400 years. Having been founded in 604AD the Cathedral is the second oldest in England, although much of the present building dates to the period after the Norman invasion of the country, when a French monk Gundulf is credited with undertaking much of the Norman architecture that is visible today. The building has been improved and developed over the centuries and there are examples of different architectural styles, including Gothic. The stunning Great West Window was put in place in 1440. More recent restoration work was carried out by George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.

Accessibility

Rochester Cathedral has a wheelchair access point at the North door. There is no wheelchair access to the Crypt. Disabled toilets are available in the Cathedral and in the cafe.

Opening Times

The general public opening times may be occasionally subject to limitations and alterations dependent on services and other events so always check with the Cathedral before you set off.

  • The Cathedral is normally open daily from 7.30am to 6pm (5pm on Saturdays).

Tours are usually available from 10am to 16.30pm (4pm on Saturdays).

Standard Admission Charges

Entry to the Cathedral is free to individual visitors, audio tours cost £1. Group visits should be arranged in advance with the Cathedral. Guided tours cost £4.

Location & Contact

If you need to contact the Cathedral:

  • The Chapter Office, Garth House, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX
  • 01634 843366
  • www.rochestercathedral.org

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