Date: 11/02/2008 Category: Tourism
For a stunning backdrop to your wedding photographs, why not hold your ceremony in one of Rochester’s historic venues? The most recent addition to wedding venues in Medway is Eastgate House, the Elizabethan mansion built in 1590. Its purpose as boarding school for young ladies was immortalised by Charles Dickens in his novels The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Pickwick Papers. The atmospheric, oak-panelled ceremony room on the first floor has a feature fireplace and provides seating for 40 people with additional standing space. For further information on ceremonies to take place up to 31 March 2008 at Eastgate House, please contact Medway Register Office on 01634 338899. For ceremonies set to take place after this date, contact Events with Elegance on 01634 311708 or visit the website www.eventswithelegance.co.uk Another magnificent venue in Rochester High Street is the spectacular Guildhall, one of the finest 17th century civic buildings in Kent and known to have been a favourite with Dickens. The sweeping staircase, complete with chandeliers and ornate plaster ceilings, leads guests up to the ceremonial chamber from the main hall. The grandeur of this historic venue offers couples a fairytale setting for their special day. The Guildhall is hosting an open day on Saturday, 24 February 2008 from 11am-3pm where there will be an opportunity to look around the building and speak to a number of wedding specialists. Until the end of March, the cost of hiring the Guildhall is £300. From 1 April, the cost will increase to £400. To arrange a visit at any other time or to request an information pack, please contact Joni Brobbel on 01634 848717.