Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral
4.5
Architectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Growing in Christ since AD 604. This is England's second oldest cathedral. We are home to the Textus Roffensis, the only existing copy of the first code of English Law. Dating from 604 AD, this is the second-oldest cathedral in England.
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  • Wary1
    Canterbury, United Kingdom147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxed and welcoming
    It seems a little odd to be reviewing a place of worship but the cathedrals of England are a bit unusual being such tourist destinations. Rochester is old. It started life in the 11th century and was erected on an already old (ad 604) Saxon site. It often has displays - currently it has the Black Oak Table - made from a once sunken log 5000 years old. Craftsmen have fashioned it from three enormaous planks. Run your fingers along its smooth surface. A beautiful thing. Unlike many cathedrals Rochester is free to enter. Make a donation instead. The setting is perfect, next to the Castle and close to the High Street with numerous small enticing shops. Makes a good day trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Anna A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Rochester
    Highlight of visiting Rochester. Beautiful Cathedral with a spectacular exhibit (stitched panel artwork called Threads through Creation). Thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected pause for prayer in the midst of our walkthrough - such a welcome tasteful moment of rest guided by the chaplain).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Elizabeth T
    London, United Kingdom156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely building, lovely volunteers
    Well worth a visit, beautiful building. The volunteers were falling over themselves to talk to us and try to help us. All very nice people. We were in time for the Turning of the Page, which was a moving ceremony. An interesting exhibition in the Crypt where the cafe is based. We could easily have spent longer there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Stacie M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rochester Cathedral a must see.
    We loved Rochester Cathedral. We attended with several senior couples from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Our guide was John B. He was the best! We learned new and interesting information. His presentation was delightful and he was so kind. My husband and I have been to many cathedrals but this one was outstandingly beautiful and inviting. I felt a humble feeling of warmth and love from him and this particular Cathedral. A must see in the South of England, unlike many of the other great Cathedrals.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Phil E
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cathedral worth visiting.
    We called in here after a trip to Rochester Castle Keep which is close by, and we were vert glad we did, as it is an amazing building. Being several hundred years older than St Paul's, it is rammed with great architecture, history and cultural treasures. The well preserved half painting on the wall is from the twelve hundreds, as are some of the books in their collection. The cafe in the crypt is flanked by a small chapel and a small information room. For lovers of church organs, theirs could give Wells a run for the money. And thinking about money, admission is absolutely free, which is a bit of a rarity these days. (Guided tours are available for a small charge).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Compass770425
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit to Rochester Cathedral
    Suzanne the Assistant Verger on duty today was incredibly welcoming, helpful and informative. She really made our visit memorable. I hope that she and the other staff members will be able to enjoy a meal at the amazing 5000 year old bog oak table before it moves on.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
  • schoolglen22
    York, United Kingdom2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral town with lots to offer.
    Arrived in Rochester and visited the Cathedral. Beautiful building but charges to enter. Booked into Travelodge, always a great place when cycling as bicycles are allowed in the room. Very friendly and helpful staff, all you can eat breakfast and a variety of meals during the day. Highly recommended. Rochester is a great place to stay. Despite many new builds the peace of the Medway is enhanced with water fowl and I found lots to do without crossing the Meadway to the north of the city. A great train service from London if going just for the day but I'd recommend at least two days.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 May 2024
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schoolglen22
York, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Arrived in Rochester and visited the Cathedral. Beautiful building but charges to enter. Booked into Travelodge, always a great place when cycling as bicycles are allowed in the room. Very friendly and helpful staff, all you can eat breakfast and a variety of meals during the day. Highly recommended.
Rochester is a great place to stay. Despite many new builds the peace of the Medway is enhanced with water fowl and I found lots to do without crossing the Meadway to the north of the city. A great train service from London if going just for the day but I'd recommend at least two days.
Written 9 May 2024
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paula f
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very disappointed it reminded me of a large beautiful cake it looks good till you turn it around only to find mice have dug a hole in the side and the middle was uncooked and mouldy. I do not agree with the changes unable to use main door you have to go through the side door which is all to modern inside was like a jumble sale come studio no original pews no quite place to comtemplate the crypt a cafe it has lost all its calm and regal air religion 👎
Written 23 March 2024
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK16,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely cathedral and on this occasion we visit they were playing medieval harp music which was perfect to create the atmosphere
Written 17 March 2024
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JaneMLondon
London131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Free entry with suggested £5 donation. Lovely architecture and interesting history. Don't miss the manuscripts egTextus Roffensis in the crypt exhibition next to the cafe - it's not obvious so seek it out
Written 24 February 2024
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Crazy_Jim_83
London, UK1,579 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Can enter for free. Much like many cathedrals but slightly roped off. Has a nice garden you can walk around if you want to.
Written 17 February 2024
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Compass770425
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Suzanne the Assistant Verger on duty today was incredibly welcoming, helpful and informative. She really made our visit memorable.
I hope that she and the other staff members will be able to enjoy a meal at the amazing 5000 year old bog oak table before it moves on.
Written 1 January 2024
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HistoricHotelFan
Philadelphia, PA105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Took the one hour tour by Martin, which was fantastic! I recommend the tour and extra time to visit this hugely historic English cathedral.
Written 2 December 2023
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Phil E
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We called in here after a trip to Rochester Castle Keep which is close by, and we were vert glad we did, as it is an amazing building.
Being several hundred years older than St Paul's, it is rammed with great architecture, history and cultural treasures. The well preserved half painting on the wall is from the twelve hundreds, as are some of the books in their collection. The cafe in the crypt is flanked by a small chapel and a small information room. For lovers of church organs, theirs could give Wells a run for the money.
And thinking about money, admission is absolutely free, which is a bit of a rarity these days. (Guided tours are available for a small charge).
Written 28 November 2023
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Stacie M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We loved Rochester Cathedral. We attended with several senior couples from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Our guide was John B. He was the best! We learned new and interesting information. His presentation was delightful and he was so kind. My husband and I have been to many cathedrals but this one was outstandingly beautiful and inviting. I felt a humble feeling of warmth and love from him and this particular Cathedral. A must see in the South of England, unlike many of the other great Cathedrals.
Written 20 November 2023
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A Renz
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I think his name is Ian, volunteer who showed us around and had all the information was delight. Must visit.
Written 5 November 2023
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