Rochester is a gorgeous medieval city in Kent. Many of the buildings in the town center date between the 14th and 18th centuries. The shops are mostly independent and the feel is very small town and homey. I’d like to imagine that there’s a nice close-knit community in Rochester. There would have to be to pull off an annual summer Charles Dickens Festival. Dickens lived in Rochester and set many of his novels there. You can see his chalet, where he wrote his last words in a room upstairs.
Not too far from the chalet is Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral. They both dominate the city center and because of that you truly feel as though you’ve stepped back into time. Quite like when you walk through Canterbury.
I have to give my lovely friend Rachel a huge thank you (THANK YOU) for being an exceptional tour guide. Her Brazilian blood was not enjoying the frigid temperature that day. I look forward to returning again in warmer weather for the Charles Dickens Festival in June and taking my mister and Mr. and Mrs. Emm in London so we can geek out over all the purty purty buildings.
If you’re a lover of history or architecture, or perhaps both, Rochester is definitely worth a visit. From London you can get a train from Victoria and get there between 45 minutes to an hour.
[Cheers to Wiki, for kicking me bit of Rochester history, and my handy dandy Rochester Cathedral map.]