Make Eastgate House your venue for a true sense of occasion.

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About Eastgate House

Built in 1590, Eastgate House is a Grade I listed 16th century town house. It's one of the most impressive and distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic high street.

The Elizabethan town house is a magnificent building with an abundance of history. From a family home to a Victorian school, this house has many tales to tell.

This venue was an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens featuring in The Pickwick Papers and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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Ceremony room


The splendid oak-panelled ceremony room features a gorgeous fireplace and offers a true sense of occasion.

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Ceremony only venue


Eastgate House can seat up to 40 guests for your ceremony only. No receptions can be held at Eastgate House.


Venue details

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Up to 40 seated guests

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  • original fireplace
  • built in 1590
  • Grade I listed building
  • links to Charles Dickens.

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The gardens in Eastgate House are filled with seasonal flowers and are home to Charles Dicken’s Swiss Chalet, known as his study

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Lift available to get to the first and second floors. Not all rooms are wheelchair-friendly due to narrow door frames

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Licensed until 1 December 2026


To have your ceremony at Eastgate House, you'll need to pay:

  • the venue hire: contact Eastgate House
  • the booking fee (non-refundable): £60
  • the ceremony fee (Monday to Friday): £490
  • the ceremony fee (Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday): £590
  • the giving notice fee: £35 per person (£70 per couple)
  • for a marriage or civil partnership certificate: £11.

Chairs lined up for a wedding inside Eastgate House


Eastgate House building

Wedding enquiries

Get in touch to find out more about hiring the venue for your special day.


Phone: 01634 332 700

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How to find us

Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1EW

Getting to Eastgate House