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Rochester Cathedral, Rochester

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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. See Rochester Cathedral and all Rochester has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rochester sightseeing planner .
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  • Beautiful Cathedral, helpful staff on hand all of the time. Unbelievably free to get in, there are donation boxes around.  more »
  • Rochester is a beautiful place to visit it is very old and a must to visit in the area a pity there was no cafĂ© fo have tea the staff work hard keep up the good work tony mbe  more »
  • Have not visited for several years and really forgot what a magnificent building it truly is. A recent considerable lottery grant has transformed the crypt into a great space with exhibitions and a ca...  more »
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  • Rochester Cathedral is absolutely amazing. So one of the oldest cathedrals in the country and it is just a treasure. When we entered we were met by a very friendly member of the cathedral staff who gave us a map to allow us to self guide ourselves around the cathedral. The stained glass windows are beautiful as you expect from a cathedral of this age. While we were there at The Choir was practicing and the sound was beautiful in such an old building. There was also a cafe and a gift shop which sells all the normal things that you'd expect to find including guidebooks CDs of some of the music from the cathedral and greeting cards.
  • Great location with well preserved historical features, good space for a venue. Free entry to walk around during non-services. As well as a large organ centerpiece with many services held here and a true focal point for the city of Rochester.
  • As a local I am biased I love our cathedral. I love the greeters who are on hand to hand out guides onthe layout of the cathedral to visitors. they have great exhibitions too. if you have the time to do a guided tour Rosemary Clemence did the one I joined it was fascinating and informative.she was friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Went to Dickensian Christmas Market, great day but packed. Unable to look around properly. Some of the shops looked fantastic but too crowded. Will visit again on a quieter day. Parking we arrived just after 09.00 so no problem, took 40mins to get out of car park! Would recommend but just be prepared.
  • Really impressed with the exhibit "The 70273 Project". Thought provoking in the same way as the poppies in the moat at the Tower of London in 2014
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