Rochester Cathedral



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This is England’s second oldest cathedral, founded in AD 604 by Justus, a companion of St Augustine. The buildings are a mix of Norman and Romanesque, and the present appearance owes much to restoration in the 1870s by George Gilbert Scott. Highlights include the Norman arched Great West Door, and the worn Pilgrim Steps, which led originally to the shrine of St William of Perth, a baker murdered nearby in medieval times. In 2004 a new fresco by Sergei Fyodorov was inaugurated, dedicated to baptism. The cathedral gardens include a restored section of the first-century Roman town wall.

Rochester Cathedral
The Chapter Office,Garth House,The Precinct,ROCHESTER,ME1 1SX


  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lift
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year Mon-Fri 7.30-6, Sat 8.30-5, Sun 7.30-5. Occasionally access restricted due to special events

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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