Rochester Cathedral, Kent Tourist Attractions

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We have been visiting and reviewing places of interest in Kent, Medway and the surrounding area for over ten years. In that time some attractions have improved whilst others have become less important. We use our own judgement to decide the places of interest we feature here but we find that user comments are also a very important part in adding value to our reviews and listings. As such if you have a particularly good or bad experience with any local tourist attraction or place of interest we welcome your feedback. Where possible we'll include it on the relevant page and use it in our editorial thinking about which attractions we cover.

What Is A Tourist Attraction?

For the purposes of this guide to days out in Kent, anything that might be of interest to visitors to can be included. Everything from places of outstanding natural beauty, historic monuments and theme parks. Many of the attractions we feature have several different functions, for example Rochester Cathedral is an important spiritual centre and a focal point of the Church of England community in the diocese. It is also a magnet to visitors to the Medway town If something is likely to be of interest to visitors we're happy to consider it's inclusion in these pages.

What Do We Include?

Our coverage is pretty simple, where we visit an attractions and have enjoyed it so much that we'd like to return then we'd be prepared to include the attraction in our guide. If an attraction is strongly recommend by one of our users or is associated with some noteworthy event we may also include it. If we're not covering the kind of places you'd like to visit let us know, we can't realistically feature all of the thousands of tourist attraction in the area but user input influences our editorial decisions.

The latest review is below, it remains on this page in summary form and will then be moved to its own permanent page when we publish a new 'latest' review.

The Latest Review - 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.

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.


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

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