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Rochester Cathedral

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Address: The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1SX, England
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+44 1634 843366
07:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:00

Dating from 604 AD, this is the second-oldest cathedral in England.

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Atmospheric splendour that always has something new to see. The cafe is good too, especially if the weather lets you sit out in the garden and feed crumbs to the birds.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Atmospheric splendour that always has something new to see. The cafe is good too, especially if the weather lets you sit out in the garden and feed crumbs to the birds.

Thank wallbike
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful cathedral, lots to see and discover. The crypt is recently restored and is stunning. Lovely little shop.

Thank Carol G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A lovely old building with lots of character, plenty of cafes to choose from outside, there is no entrance fee but you can leave a donation

Thank Tracy X
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crypt at Rochester Cathedral has the Textus Roffensis which predates the Magna Carta by almost 100 years. It is the only existing copy of the first code of English Law. The Cathedral is one of the Highlights of Rochester and even though we live locally, is always worth re-visiting.

Thank Anthony P
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during half term with our two girls. The building was magnificent and the inside was well looked after. As it's half term they offered brass rubbing activities at a very good price. It's a lovely place to have a little wonder and warm up from the cold!

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Steeped in history, across the road from the castle, small gift shop, Its worth a look hard to think over a thousand years of Christianity at this site.

Thank Susan P
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its worth going in even if you are a local . I have managed to see something different that I havent noticed before on every visit.

1 Thank cerise800
Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rochester Cathedral is steeped in history and the architecture is amazing. The interior is magnificent with beautiful stained glass windows. It was built by King Ethelbert for his wife Bertha and it is England’s second oldest Cathedral and the second smallest - the oldest is Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral is free to enter, however a donation is suggested. If you... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rochester is a lovely Cathedral which is completely free to enter, the staff even do a free tour and talk on this buildings history. Highly recommended place to visit if you are in Rochester.

Thank Sam W
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greeted warmly - delighted to find it free to enter (donations are welcome) - it's a beautiful place with a remarkable history. The crypt is newly-restored and now houses a state of the art space for small exhibitions. We paid a little to visit the current show, which includes the remarkable manuscript Textus Roffensis, older than the Magna... More 

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