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You will find a warm welcome in Rochester, the historic heart of Medway.

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 service.Photo of Rochester castle

Anyone looking for a special gift will find a wide range of specialist shops to choose from, including those selling rare books, paintings, arts and craft, porcelain and fashion clothes.

Photo of Rochester cathedral

These are mingled with shops selling mouth-watering chocolates, fudge and homemade pies and pastries. Tourists come from all over the world to visit the majestic Rochester Cathedral, the East Gate house and Rochester Castle.

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 China.

There is the magnificent Norman cathedral which attracts visitors from all over the world, a Norman castle and many buildings of great architectural and historical interest. These include the impressive 17th century Guildhall, now a museum of local history. Charles Dickens 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.