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Guided walking tours of Rochester

City of Rochester Society

The City of Rochester Society's popular guided walking tours of the historic city take place on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, public holidays and festival days from Good Friday until the end of September each year.

The tours begin at 2.15pm at the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street and take about an hour and a half. They are an ideal way for both visitors and residents to get to know something of Rochester's fascinating heritage during the course of a gentle afternoon stroll.

The City of Rochester Society's guides have been conducting walking tours of historic Rochester for over 30 years. The route which is normally followed takes in:

  • the Guildhall
  • the bridge
  • the castle
  • the cathedral
  • the Vines
  • Restoration House
  • Eastgate House
  • the Six Poor Travellers' House.

The aim is to give the casual visitor and resident a taste of what Rochester has to offer and to impart some of its long and fascinating history.

Tours for organised parties are also available at any time of the year. A small charge is made for these.

Footsteps in Time

Costumed guided tours are also available. See the Rochester of Dickens come to life with Footsteps in Time on a walking tour of the old city, where you can see and learn about the beautiful buildings the author immortalised in his books.

Some of Dickens' most famous characters, including Nancy, the "tart with a heart" from Oliver Twist, will escort you round the Rochester he knew and loved. This is not just a walking tour but 90 minutes of entertainment and information.

This walk is only available for booked parties and is suitable for wheelchair users. Bookings and payments must be made in advance with:

Footsteps in Time
Office:   + 44 (0) 16 34 81 86 30
Fax:       + 44 (0) 16 34 81 86 30
Mobile:  + 44 (0)77 11 00 15 63