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You will find a warm welcome in Rochester, the historic heart of
The High Street, with its wide pavements and ornate lampposts,
is unique for the absence of the usual High Street names but it
more than makes up for it with a large number of traditional shops,
many of which are family-owned, offering personalised customer
Anyone looking for a special gift or yesterday’s curios will
find a wide range of specialist shops to choose from, including
those selling rare books, paintings, arts and craft, porcelain and
These are mingled with shops selling mouth-watering chocolates,
fudge and homemade pies and pastries. Click on the image
below to see our Rochester guide
leaflet (pdf 3,759kb) in clickbook format.
Every third Sunday of each month there’s a chance to purchase
locally-grown produce from a farmers’ market. Once you're done
browsing there why not spend an hour or so wandering the Rochester Arts
Trail. (pdf 2,789kb)
Did you know that Rochester is the home of Baggins
Books, the largest second-hand bookshop in England?
There is a wide range of traditional and modern restaurants and
bistros and for lovers of international cuisine there is a fine
choice of restaurants serving dishes from Europe, Asia and
There is the magnificent Norman cathedral and castle and many
buildings of great architectural and historical interest. These
include the impressive 17th century Guildhall, now a museum of local history.
loved Rochester and many of the buildings featured in his great
novels are to be seen when walking in and around the High Street,
such as Restoration
House, which is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays in
the summer months.
When travelling by car to Rochester, take junction three from
the M2 and follow the signs for the historic city centre. A free
park and ride
service operates every Saturday (follow the signs from junction
three). Rochester city centre is well served by buses and trains
from the surrounding area.
Visit the Rochester Association of
Town centre profile:
- historic centre with specialist shopping and excellent
- gross floor space (11,000m2);
- 180 units;
- parking spaces (680);
- market (Fridays);
- farmers’ markets (every third Sunday of the month).