Rochester is a town with a rich heritage and interesting places to visit in and around the area, including historic buildings and museums. Entertainment in the town could include varied amateur productions at the Medway Little Theatre or a performance at the Central Theatre close by in Chatham which includes music, comedy and ballet, or you can see a film at Cineworld Cinema. For a meal out, there are a range of restaurants with cuisines to suit different tastes and budgets, and you’ll find a varied choice of bars and pubs for an enjoyable evening out.
For shopping, there’s a good choice of independent shops in the town, and nearby is the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham with a large selection of stores. For business, there are a number of conference venues in the area, such as St. George Hotel in Chatham and Commissioner’s House, Chatham, and the nearest airport for international air travel is London City Airport.
Rochester Car Hire
Wherever you are in Rochester, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Rochester car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some suggestions for places you could visit while in Rochester:
You can visit this beautiful cathedral built mostly between the 11th and 13th centuries in Norman and Gothic styles. Visitors can see the impressive architecture and stonework, Romanesque facade, colourful baptism fresco, decorative paintwork, stained glass and superbly decorated library doorway from the 14th century with carved figures.
You can visit this fortress with its imposing keep that was built in the 12th century and learn about its rich history of battles and sieges. You can look around the impressive architecture and see a model of the castle as it would have been in the 1300’s, and there are various events which take place at the castle for visitors to enjoy such as concerts, falconry and medieval combat.
Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Close to Rochester is this fascinating maritime Museum, formerly a Royal Navy dockyard, where you can see lots of exhibits including original warships, a rope factory, recreated atmospheric historical dockyard site, lifeboat section, ship models, along with a Dockyard Railway with steam and diesel locomotives.
You can visit this former Guildhall built in the 17th century and now a museum, where you can see such features as the impressive plaster ceilings in the main Hall and view collections which include local civic silverware, a recreated Victorian kitchen and drawing room, many local paintings, tools used in the 1700’s for cabinet making, archaeological finds from the area, along with a recreated partial prison hulk.
Temple Manor, Strood
Nearby is Temple Manor which was built in the mid 13th century by the Knights Templar to give lodgings to notable people travelling through the area. You can learn about the history of the Knights Templar and look around the building with historic wall paintings and carvings.
The Strand Leisure Park, Gillingham
Not far from Rochester is this large leisure park where you can enjoy lots of activities and facilities which include swimming pool, miniature railway rides, tennis courts, golf course, crazy golf, children’s play areas, bouncy castle, outside court and summer outdoor pool.
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