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Rochester town guide


One of the Medway Towns, Rochester stands on the East Bank of the River Medway opposite Strood. Within a short distance of Rochester are Chatham and Gillingham.

The city of Rochester grew from a small Saxon village to its present day stature. The castle is almost one thousand years old and the city boasts the second oldest cathedral in England.

Chatham was is the site of the Royal Dockyard, the Royal Navy's principal base near London and an historic site with many links to the glorious past of the Royal Navy. Following the defence cut-backs with the post cold war reduction in tensions, the duties of Chatham have been taken over by other Royal Navy bases and Chatham is now a superb museum reminding the nation of the debt that is owed to those who served in the Senior Service through all those years.

In the nineteenth century Rochester was home to the family of Charles Dickens. He drew much of his inspiration from the time he spent here, not all of it so happy as his father spent time in prison for debt. Dickens eventually died in Rochester at the comparatively young age of 58.

There are many attractions just a short drive out of Rochester for the visitor with a hire car. Royal Tunbridge Wells is only about thirty-five miles distant from Rochester, whilst delightful Whitstable is a mere thirty.

For the visitor wishing to venture further there are connections via Ashford onto the Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels.

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