Explore Dickensian Rochester
Charles Dickens, one of the country's most celebrated novelists, grew up in Rochester and you'd be amazed how much of his work was shaped by the details of this very area. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian great on a walking tour of his home town, taking in Restoration House, the inspiration for Miss Havisham’s home in Great Expectations. A perfect time to visit is for Dickensian Christmas - every December the streets come alive with carol singers, food stalls and lamp-lit parades.
Explore the majestic castle and cathedral
Standing proudly on the banks of the River Medway, Rochester Castle is known for its impressive Norman architecture and 12th-century keep. The views from the top are awesome. Also dominating the city skyline is Rochester Cathedral. Founded in 604 AD, it’s the second oldest in England no less. Admire the John the Baptist fresco, and see rare books and photos in the library.
Shops you won’t find elsewhere
You’ll see many quirky family-owned and independent shops in Rochester, selling everything from homemade pies and fudge to delicate porcelain figures. Book lovers who’ve followed the Dickens trail should make a beeline for Baggins Books, one of the largest second-hand bookshops in the country.
Planning a trip to Rochester? Travelodge Chatham Maritime is less than 3 miles away, and a stone’s throw from the historic dockyard. Also Nearby is Travelodge Medway, just off the M2.