An enjoyable way of ensuring you make the most of your party’s visit to historic Rochester is by having a walking tour with a guide provided by the City of Rochester Society. The compact size and almost traffic-free City centre makes it ideal for exploring on foot.
The City of Rochester Society guides are well informed local history enthusiasts, who will be pleased to share their knowledge of Rochester’s past and personalities with you.
The Society can provide a guide at most times during the year and at starting times and locations which suit your needs.
As well as heritage tours shown alongside, the Society can provide tours on specialist subjects, such as the military connection connection architecture, industrial history, Dickens, etc. We can also suggest special itineraries for your specific requirements. For children of school age the Society can arrange special shorter walking tours.
We do make a small individual charge of £4.00 per person (£3.00 for under 18’s) for booked group walks and our minimum overall charge is £30.00.
Our “drop by and go” walks every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holiday run from Good Friday to the end of October and everyday during Dickens Festivals. They depart the Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street Rochester at 2.15pm and are intended for individuals and couples. For these walks, we welcome donations to Society funds.
If you would like to know more about our guided tours and their schedules please contact us.Contact Us
Discovering the Historic City of Rochester
This walk views the exterior of Rochester’s most important buildings, including the Cathedral, the Castle, the Guildhall Museum, the Six Poor Travellers’ House, La Providence, the Old Corn Exchange, Restoration House and Eastgate House. Subject to availability, short visits will also be made to the Court Room of the Guildhall and to the Six Poor Travellers’ House, but not the interior of the Cathedral.
Duration: approximately 90 mins
Dickens’ Country Ride
Groups visiting Rochester by coach (there is a free coach parking in the City centre) might like to add our Dickens’ Country Ride to their itinerary. This is a tour of about 20 miles in the pleasant countryside around Rochester with one of our knowledgeable guides as courier, taking in the villages and places that Dickens knew so well, such as Cooling Church and Castle, Cliffe, Gad’s Hill Place, Chalk and Cobham. Your coach must be equipped with a public address system and a courier seat.
Duration: between 90 minutes and 2 hours
The Dickens’ Country Ride is £40.00 per coach (whether or not combined with a walking tour).