The Cathedral is an impressive building inside and outside, with exhibitions as well as a crypt to visit with a history rich in both national and international influences and nuances. Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England, and was founded in 604AD. The land was donated by King Ethelbert in 604AD with the cathedral being founded by Bishop Justus. The building dates back to the French monk, Gundult in 1080, with Norman architecture of the nave, parts of the crypt as well as Romanesque facades. It also has one of the oldest doors in history, which is hidden from view, though can be seen by special appointment. In 1083, a fire meant that it was rebuilt in its present Gothic style in 1180. It was plundered by King John in 1215 and then in 1642, it was damaged by Cromwell’s soldiers. Its present condition has been improved over time, with major restoration starting in 1872.
Monday to Saturday
Free - suggested donation of £5 per person.
There is access for wheelchairs through the North door into the Nave.
Please be aware that the Cathedral is a medieval building. Areas of the Cathedral have low lighting and uneven flooring.
Rochester - 5 minutes.
Toilet • Disabled Toilet • Cafe
Picture Credit: © Rochester Cathedral.