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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 avenue of London Plane trees, bordering the Broad Walk park.
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.