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Eastgate House

Photo of Eastgate House

This grade I listed 16th and 17th century town house is one of the most impressive and distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic High Street. It also has many fascinating stories to tell…

Once the family home of Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard, the house has also been a Victorian boarding school, a hostel, a museum and an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens.

As part of a £2.2million Heritage Lottery Funded project, Eastgate House has recently undergone a conservation programme so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Many of the building's original features and decorative schemes have been carefully restored, and new heating and lighting has been installed. Access has been greatly improved with a new lift at the back of the building, and the second floor of the house will be open to visitors for the first time in more than 40 years.

The house reopened to the public on 19 July 2017, with a series of exciting displays telling the story of this remarkable building and those who lived, worked and played there throughout more than 400 years of history.

To find out the latest news on the project visit http://www.friendsofeastgatehouse.org/ or follow Eastgate House on Facebook and Twitter.

Images @ Simon Kelsey


Adults: £5.50
Concessions (inc. Friends Group): £4
Under 5s: free
Family Ticket: £15
Groups of 10 or more: 15% discount
School groups: 15% discount on concession price


Opening times:

Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Thursday - 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Friday - 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Saturday - 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Sunday - 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)


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We have a team of volunteers who support our open days. If you would like to volunteer your time too please contact us via email. We will be developing more volunteering opportunities as the project develops.

Friends of Eastgate

Established in 2012 to support the Eastgate House development, the Friends of Eastgate House is an independent organisation working in partnership with Medway Council. Find out more at Friends of Eastgate House.

How to get there

By road

From M2/A2 follow signs for Rochester. The house is situated on Rochester's historic High Street. Once in Rochester, parking is available on Blue Boar Lane and Corporation Street, these are pay and display car parks. Eastgate is by the adult education facility.

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By public transport

The nearest rail station is Rochester. The house is a short walking distance from the station.

Contact Us

Email: eastgate.house@medway.gov.uk