Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral
4.5
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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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  • 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 4, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 20, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written May 9, 2024
  • TMK55
    Rochester, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Historic Experience
    Fabulous historic site with lovely cafe. I enjoyed the Crypt and historical books on display. The old baptismal font and the giant organ are worth a look as well. Don’t forget to glance up at the artwork and architectural elements above, they’re magnificent! For services, the choir is sublime and the speakers are always top notch. Parking is not easy to find for events as the local lots fill up fast so, I would suggest early arrival for events.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 22, 2024
  • Judith C
    Guildford, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    We received a very warm welcome from a volunteer as we arrived and she told us about several highlights of the cathedral. There was an amazing dragon artwork 'flying' through the nave to commemorate the anniversary of a very old book in the crypt which featured a dragon illustration. The organ was very impressive and enormous. The crypt was beautifully lit and contained a cafe as well as the historic books. It's also free, although they encourage donations to support the upkeep of the 2nd oldest cathedral in England. Get there early if you want to eat in the cafe - they had run out of brown bread for sandwiches by 1pm and there were no scones left in the afternoon when we came back, having lunched elsewhere. It's clearly very popular. It's also worth mentioning that the toilets are outside, some walk from the cafe and up a steep flight of steps, which might prove tricky for people with limited mobility. There also steps down into the crypt where the cafe is.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 15, 2024
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danielgraham1989
Chandler’s Ford, UK243 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tracey A
Havant, UK465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Metropolitan_Man
London, UK765 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Squidhead
Costa Mesa, CA440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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David S
Great Malvern, UK707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We went just to see the moon but I would go back to have look around without grandchildren. The moon is fantastically well done, but lacking a flag to show where we landed. That would have made a real difference.

It is called the Museum of the Moon, but there are only a few display boards with some information - disappointing when it could have been o much more.

Or visit was rudely interrupted at 11.00 am with an announcement over the loud speaker that it was now customary to pray and a homily was offered which we did not join in.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review. As a Christian church it has been our custom for 1,400 years to offer a short prayer at noon each day. We are sorry that you didn't feel able to join in.
Written March 4, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
My friend tried to book us in to see the Luke Jerram’s Gaia Exhibition whilst I was visiting Rochester, but it showed as fully booked on line. However we had just walked around Rochester Castle, which is next door, and noticed the exhibition was still on so we asked if we could go in, and were told some tickets were still remaining on the door. So we did!

This is a beautiful cathedral and it is the second oldest in England with Canterbury being the oldest.

The stained glass is so spectacular and there is a lady’s chapel too.

Very well preserved and with the giant globe at the exhibition, this was a great visit.

Close to the town centre and the river Medway, so there is a lot going on in this area.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 19, 2022
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Trevor H
Rochester, UK293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Excellent concert put on by the Cathedral. Great lighting, acoustics and atmosphere. Also on display was the Museum of the Moon exhibition, beautifully lit up in the knave. The Cathedral staff were great, very friendly and helpful and the evening was well controlled.
Written February 24, 2020
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ChrisWainscott
Rochester, UK138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited here to see the Museum of the Moon display. Being half term Rochester was busy and good to see so many people visiting the Cathedral. The moon is so big that it only just fits into the knave. Was very impressed with the detail of the moon and it was quite awe inspiring to see it displayed in this way. As someone else has said parking is an issue in Rochester and parking the other side of the Medway Bridge in Strood is a good alternative. Only a 10 minute walk back accross the bridge.
Written February 25, 2020
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Amanda
Windsor, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral and when we visited music was being played on the grand organ. Very relaxing to sit and listen to. The cafe in the crypt does great cakes and all the volunteers are very friendly and welcoming. Would highly recommend.
Written February 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and we'll pass on your lovely comments about our volunteers
Written February 7, 2020
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