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Rochester Cathedral

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Address: The Precinct, Rochester ME1 1SX, England
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+44 1634 843366
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07:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:00
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Dating from 604 AD, this is the second-oldest cathedral in England.

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Rochester's Jewel

Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England. It is a beautiful church, awe-inspiring and clearly, well-loved by the carers. The volunteers are friendly and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England. It is a beautiful church, awe-inspiring and clearly, well-loved by the carers. The volunteers are friendly and welcoming. My favorite spots: 1. The quire. I love the checkered floors and the ornateness, and -- try to spot the medieval drawing on the wall of the Wheel of Life! 2. The crypt... More 

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Lincoln, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We passed through Rochester and after Canterbury Cathedral we thought we would pay Rochester Cathedral a look. It was free to enter and maybe not as splendorous as Canterbury but again we felt we these places need supporting being part of our countries history. They are also spending loads of money all from donations we can see that they are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Cathedral stands on the site of a 7th century one and like all ecclesiastical building has a multi layered past so very interest. We though the volunteer guides were charming and informative, They have updated the crypt and an extra reason to return

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most significant cathedrals with incredible size and beautiful architectural details. It was founded in 604AD by Bishop Justus and is still in extraordinarily good state for its age. The cathedral has very peaceful and contemplative ambience. Opposite of Rochester castle and close to historic high street. The Cathedral is open daily from 07:30 to 18:00 and ticket... More 

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Konigswinter, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Certainly not one of the great cathedrals in England but a good stop to explore for an hour. I especially liked the early English arches. The crypt was closed when we were there, which would've added to the experience. All in all we spent about 45 min there. I bought a guide book in the small shop for GBP 5.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this cathedral even though some of it was shut off due to the BBC being there. Definitely a must see if you're in the area.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful Cathedral, friendly volunteers who were very knowledgeable and keen to show you interesting places if you wished. Well worth a visit

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

Rochester cathedral has a fine setting between the Norman castle and the high street. The cathedral dates back 1400 years but more of it is twelfth century than anything else. It's not large, but it is atmospheric. The monuments are interesting, especially the tombs of the old bishops.

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

The cathedral in Rochester is well worth visiting. The organ in the middle of the cathedral is very impressive. The windows are real masterpiece. This is probably one of the best cathedrals in Kent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited during storm Doris and it was a welcomed haven. All of the helpers made us all extremely welcome and gave us a history on the cathedral. Very spiritual place that as a Christian anyway made us feel at home. They didnt charge for entry but do ask for a donation of only £5 which is well worth it... More 

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