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The vines

The vinesAddress: Vines Gardens,
Vines Lane, Rochester,
Kent, ME1 1RQ

Opening times: 365 days a year

The Vines is an important local garden with unique heritage and history. Situated a short distance from Rochester High Street within the Conservation Area the welcoming space features an impressive avenue of London Plane trees, bordering a central path known as the Broad Walk.

The Grade II listed park is overlooked by some of Rochester’s most architecturally important buildings, including Restoration House where Charles II stayed on the eve of his restoration in 1660.

The Vines originally derived its name from the monks of nearby St. Andrews Priory who used the area as their vineyard. The park is known to have been a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens and is featured in several of his novels; he was seen walking in The Vines just three days before his death in 1870.


Friends of the Vines

Medway Council and the Friends of the Vines are carrying out improvements to the garden in 2017.  Works include new planting, interpretation on the trees and wildlife and installing wooden sculptures and welcome signs at the entrances.

Read The Vines management and maintenance plan.

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