Rochester Cathedral

Medway Towns

Type:Cathedral / Minister

The Precinct, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SX

Tel: +44 01634 843366

Rochester Cathedral


Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England having been founded in AD 604.  The present building  was initiated by Bishop Gundulf in 1080. The architecture is Norman, Gothic and Early-English Perpendicular with a fine crypt, medieval wall paintings and a magnificent 15th century chapter room doorway.

As you wander around this beautiful and spiritual cathedral you will see a fine collection of medieval wall paintings and the first genuine fresco to be painted in an English cathedral for nearly 800 years.  Our greatest treasure is the Textus Roffensis.  The only existing written copy of the first code of English law and one of the most important books in England. 

The cathedral’s ancient history is brought to life via new interactive exhibits, revealing the untold stories of its ancient stones. Visitors can now explore the cathedral using new leaflets, translated in several languages. Interpretation panels at key locations compliment this by giving a broad overview of the historic site.

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  • Accessible Lift
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Information on Audio Tape on Request
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - There is a small café in our Crypt which serves tea, coffee and cakes. Open 1100-1500 Mon-Sat

Establishment Features

  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Toilets

Languages spoken

  • Dutch spoken
  • French spoken
  • German spoken

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - At nearby Pay and Display car parks

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Booking essential, non-cathedral guides by permit only (charges apply). No guided tours during services. Maximum size of group by arrangement.

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A2 follow signs to Rochester. the cathedral is in the heart of historic Rochester.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest rail station is Rochester, just a short walking distance from the cathedral.

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