Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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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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KentishPrincess
Aylesford, UK374 contributions
Feb 2020
Living locally I have been to the cathedral a few times over the years and when I saw they were hosing a Museum of the Moon Exhibition it was reason to stop by again. The exhibition runs from 12th Feb until 4th March and its free, with donations gratefully received. Well worth a visit to see the exhibit which hangs so graciously in the nave of the cathedral. There is lots of information to read and friendly volunteers available to answer any questions. Have a wander around the rest of the cathedral while you are there, you won't be disappointed. Apparently they are also open some evenings for a night display too, check their website for details, there is a small charge for evening viewing
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Cathedral to see the Museum of the Moon. Please do visit us again soon - see the Moon in the evening is a wonderful experience
Written February 17, 2020
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Squidhead
Costa Mesa, CA415 contributions
Oct 2021
Another beautiful medieval Cathedral here in England. I took a day trip on the train from London to spend the day in Rochester, and the Cathedral was the highlight for me. After a very large group of students left, I was able to walk around in relative quiet and enjoy the beauty inside. There was also historical information down in the crypt, which I found fascinating. Do include Rochester as a potential day trip from London and you won't be disappointed. (Unless you wanted to see Restoration House, Huguenot Museum, or Eastgate House, which are not open year-round!) 😀
The staff here are very friendly and helpful, feel free to ask them questions.
Written November 7, 2021
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Lancastrians16
UK104 contributions
Jan 2020
We were enjoying the local and faith history of the Cathedral and local area when we were approached by a Guide who gave us a personal tour with lots of facts and anecdotes. The cafe in the crypt has a good selection of food and drink at reasonable prices. We made another visit the next day!
Written January 13, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Written January 16, 2020
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Metropolitan_Man
London, UK637 contributions
Sep 2021
Free to Enter; so can't complain; but must have been in here for all of 10 minutes. There is a Covid Testing Station at the door which was off putting (why coudn't this be located somewhere else in Rochester Old Town?). Then when we entered there was some kind of Community Centre Conference going on. Attempted to enjoy the Cathedral and take it in but wasn't an awful lot to see. The info boards had limited information and the layout of the main church had modern chairs rather than traditional benches. Didn't feel any spirituality in here (compared to other Canterbury or the Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals for example)

They would be better served charging £1 for entry and making this a tourist destination rather than a Community Centre.
Written September 6, 2021
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DiscerningPenguin
Cambridge, UK168 contributions
Nov 2021
What a lovely cathedral! We were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff and then roamed around admiring the nave and the many monuments. Look out for the amazing 14th century chapter library door whose carvings tell an interesting story. Rochester is not as 'blingy' as some cathedrals but has an understated and unique charm. The choristors from the school next door were practicing and it was nice to walk around with such a heavenly musical accompaniment. Outside we had our picnic lunch in the cloister garden, part of the old monastery.
Written November 17, 2021
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John I
Ashford, UK101 contributions
Mar 2020
Excellent exhibition in the Cathedral the moon was suspended in the cathedral and easy to view. This was a spectacular exhibit and all the school parties were very excited viewing the moon from all sides. The cathedral is also worth a look round as it has some great architecture and stained windows. There is a small restaurant within and the tea, sandwiches and cake are very reasonably priced.
Written March 6, 2020
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danielgraham1989
Chandler’s Ford, UK179 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited to explore the Cathedral, but unbeknown to us there was the moon exhibition going on at this time. While I completely understand why in this day and age the Cathedral have chosen to have this exhibition in the building, and it was extremely popular and dare I say lucrative for them, it really did ruin the experience of exploring the cathedral for us. In my opinion a historic cathedral like this isn’t the right place for such an exhibition. I would have loved to have seen this moon exhibition in a town hall, or other such location, but a cathedral just didn’t feel right.

Cathedrals are a place of peace, for reflection, for spiritual and religious contemplation and for exploring the vast history of the building. Sadly the huge numbers of people coming in to purely view the moon exhibition made for very loud noise and no peace possible anywhere. The crowds were everywhere and you could take barely two steps without being pushed out of the way by someone desperate to see the moon.

This really ruined the whole experience for us, as we had come purely to see the cathedral itself and hadn’t checked ahead if anything like this was going on (as we wouldn’t ever expect it). We were sadly really quite glad when we left and escaped the huge crowds and noises.

Sadly not a beautiful historic building to visit, rather a tourist exhibition with no respect to the building it was currently placed in. We’re unlikely to be in the area again, but anyone visiting to see the cathedral be sure to check ahead as apparently this isn’t the first time something like this has taken part in the cathedral building.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for your response. I'm sorry that you were disappointed with your experience. The Museum of the Moon has attracted tens of thousands of new visitors, many visiting the Cathedral for the first time. We are absolutely confident that the Cathedral is the perfect place for the Museum of the Moon. It's a good idea though for all visitors to check our website before visiting to avoid disappointment.
Written February 24, 2020
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Ladykane1982
Chingford, UK438 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I love coming to Rochester and visiting the cathedral, it’s free entry & the beauty inside takes your breath away. The staff are always so friendly and helpful. I love how peaceful it is. We visited when they had the moon & found out in 2022 they are having the Earth displayed there. Love it here.
Written December 22, 2021
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Tracey A
Havant, UK388 contributions
Mar 2020
I visited this beautiful Cathedral today which is free to enter & i was deeply captivated with the architecture which is truly breathtaking with all its stunning features inside & out, there is so much history within these walls as it is the 2nd oldest Cathedral in England having been founded in AD604 by Bishop Justus, but the current building dates back to the 1080's & was designed by the Norman Bishop Gundulf shortly after the Battle of Hastings.

Upon entering, I was greeted by one of the welcoming volunteers who gave me a leaflet to use as a guide whilst i walked around at my leisure, I then learnt even more interesting facts on events that actually happened, including the Charles Dickens memorial plaque as the Cathedral grounds were the central setting for his last & unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Down in the Crypt there is also a small & very relaxing coffee shop that sell some delicious cakes to go with a beverage of your choice, plus a small gift shop along with more knowledgeable volunteers who made me feel deeply privileged & honoured to be shown the medieval graffiti, the manuscript of English law plus the Exhibition event, this Cathedral relies on donations to survive & keep it open to the public.
Written March 13, 2020
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Holly Dolly
London, UK232 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the cathedral to visit the museum of the moon event and also see the zodiac which is normally covered. The museum of the moon event will only be there for 3 weeks so took the opportunity. It was amazing to see and there were lots of information available also. Our son really enjoyed the opportunity and took a number of photos. The staff are always really friendly and knowledgable when ever we visit and this time was no different. The cathedral is always so clean and tidy and we really should be so more aware that it is right on our doorstep and we should support the cathedral more for it is a piece of history
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Cathedral to see the Museum of the Moon. Please do visit us again soon - see the Moon in the evening is a wonderful experience
Written February 17, 2020
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