A fine medieval cathedral and mighty Norman keep are the centrepiece of the ancient town of Rochester – founded in the 1st Century by the Romans as a walled garrison town.
The cathedral first established here in AD 604 and rebuilt from the late 11th century onwards, is chiefly noted for the remains of its original crypt of 1080, impressive 12thcentury Romanesque nave and fine 13th century Early English choir and chancel.
The formidable Norman keep – the tallest in the country – was built in 1127. This is a castle that bears the scars of warfare having been the focus of three medieval sieges.
Rochester was loved and immortalised by Charles Dickens. Explore the Cathedral, climb the mighty keep and visit the Guildhall museum to learn more about Rochester’s fascinating history. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens to discover the heart of Rochester that inspired him.
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