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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. To visit Rochester Cathedral on your trip to Rochester, use our Rochester vacation generator.
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  • August 21, 2017
    In the centre of Rochester. Local pay and display parking. Enthusiastic volunteers so do ask questions. Lovely font and stain glass. A living church community with such long history.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It doesn't have the soaring Gothic vaults of some of the grander English cathedrals, but Rochester Cathedral is steeped in history and takes you back to the period after the Norman Conquest. Close you...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    So many beautiful stained glass windows, a very peaceful restful experience. There are very nice attendant who will tell you the history of the cathedral. So many works of art. Very much worth a visit...  more »
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  • Usually quite, the staff is kind and helpful... Don't miss the High Street nearby! Not the usual big stores but small and sometimes weird boutiques... :)))
  • Really nice building steeped in history and very close to town centre, free entry and definitely worth a visit if your are nearby, two minute walk from the castle so is an added bonus if doing a day trip.
  • Stunning building, exceptionally friendly knowledgeable staff, greeted us as soon as we entered building gave us leaflets explained all about the Cathedral. Its free to enter with a nominal fee of £3 to enter a well thought out exhibition in the crypt. A fantastic afternoon thank you to all the staff at Rochester Cathedral.
  • James II was Britain's last Catholic king. The collapse of Stuart regime in 1688 and the seizure of his throne by his nephew, William of Orange, are the best known events of his reign. That night before James' slumbers, an ultimatum was given that he had to leave London for Ham House, near Richmond in Surrey by nine o'clock the next morning. The King accepted without argument. However, as the alternative, he suggested the new residence in ROCHESTER, and he was pleased when the lords seemed to acquiesce. According to information, the Cathedral of Rochester is the biggest after Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 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.

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