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Rochester Cathedral, Rochester

(4.5/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Experience England’s second oldest cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, built by the Anglo-Saxons in 604 CE. It blends many architectural styles, including Norman and Gothic, with finely detailed Romanesque facades. Join a service, listen to the choir, or just visit the cathedral on your own for its historical significance. Pick up a memento at the gift shop or stop for a snack at their tearooms and gardens, where all proceeds go to maintaining the building. Take some photos when not in service, and make sure to book a guided tour in advance. To visit Rochester Cathedral on your trip to Rochester, use our Rochester vacation generator.
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  • One of the most significant cathedrals with incredible size and beautiful architectural details. It was founded in 604AD by Bishop Justus and is still in extraordinarily good state for its age. The ca...  more »
  • Certainly not one of the great cathedrals in England but a good stop to explore for an hour. I especially liked the early English arches. The crypt was closed when we were there, which would've added ...  more »
  • I loved this cathedral even though some of it was shut off due to the BBC being there. Definitely a must see if you're in the area.  more »
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  • I visited in August 2016. Compared to some other cathedrals I've visited I found Rochester to have very peaceful and contemplative ambience. I was met by a volunteer who gave me an interesting overview of the cathedrals history and architecture, plus a free leaflet giving details of the main areas to see. Each area has an information board to read and the volunteers are happy to answer any queries you may have. Very enjoyable. Entry is free, but a £5 donation is optional, and welcome.
  • Really amazing space. Ridiculously high ceilings, like who is ever going to need all that space? Also not sure if God actually hangs out here.
  • One of the most significant cathedrals and rather understated. Incredible size and beautiful architectural details. It is situated in the heart of the old town, right next to the castle keep. Well worth a visit.
  • Simply amazing and free. Beautiful building.
  • Beautiful Cathedral, lucky to visit when the choir were singing and they were amazing. Kent is lucky to have this amazing building and history. Worth a visit and soak up the history