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Address: 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
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
Read The Vines
management and maintenance plan.