Built in 1687, the Rochester Guildhall is described as one of the finest 17th Century civic buildings in Kent. Its museum was founded in 1897 and includes the ornate Chamber which featured in Dicken’s novel, Great Expectations, where you can learn all about its history as well as the heritage of the area. The many displays include a full size reconstruction of part of a Medway prison hulk, archaeological objects, civic silver and regalia from Medway’s past, the world’s most complete set of 18th Century cabinet maker’s tools, and a selection of paintings and prints of the area. Ther is also a permanent exhibition on Charles Dickens, The Making Of Mr Dickens, looking at the life of the author and what shaped his work. Visitors can also see and touch a 200,000-year-old axe. Guided tours and group learning sessions, as well as a quiz sheet are available.

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday


Step free access is available at the entrance gallery which has a touch screen facility that allows visitors to watch a selection of short subtitled films highlighting key aspects of the Museum and its displays. You can also request from a member of staff, step free access on the ground floor of part two of the Museum direct from the High Street. There is no lift in the building. Guided tours available.

By Train
Rochester- 5 minutes

Cathedral Rochester car park- 3 minutes, with disabled spaces available.


Toilet • Gift Shop • Pushchair Storage • Induction Loop


17 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1PY UK

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