TOUR DURATION: 8hrs (Approx.)
Join us on a visit to Dickensian Rochester, just thirty miles from central London or approximately an hour’s drive in a London Cab. Rochester pre-dates both the Roman and Norman conquests of Britain and has some fascinating buildings. The town was a firm favourite with the famous Victorian-era writer Charles Dickens, who loved its unique atmosphere, owned a house nearby, and based many of his novels in the area.
The diocese of Rochester is the second oldest in the country. It is based at the cathedral and was responsible for the founding of the King’s school in 604AD.
The Norman Keep of Rochester Castle is one of the best-preserved examples of its type in both England and France. Situated on the banks of the Medway, it has a dominating vantage point and it’s easy to see how the Castle was so important for its role in protecting the London to Kent roads, and of course the famous nearby Chatham dockyards.
Stroll through the Victorian High Street to visit the Old Guildhall and the Old Corn Exchange which have been expertly restored to their former glory. Take yourself back to the time of Charles Dickens and see the Eastgate House, now the town’s museum, and wander through the pages of the Pickwick papers, Great Expectations or even immerse yourself in the mystery of Edmond Drood.
See Restoration house, the home of Miss Havisham – known now as Satis house of Great Expectations fame. Rochester High Street comes into its own in December when the whole area transforms itself into a Dickensian era town as a celebration of Christmas and a tribute to the Dickensian Christmas.
The Dickensian transformation also takes place in June being appropriately themed to reflect summer. In May, there is the historic Jack ‘o’ the Green, with mayday celebrations, traditional Morris dancers and Sweeps. This all makes for an eventful, action packed day immersing and losing yourself in a wealth of history
After seeing the sites you might want to visit one of the many quaint tearooms or visit the many gardens that line the area before your transfer back to your London hotel.
We can also see the nearby historic Chatham Dockyards where hundreds of ships were built for the Royal Navy including the HMS Victory in 1765, which was the ship on which Admiral Lord Nelson died in 1805. The ship itself can be seen at Portsmouth Dockyard.
If there’s time, as we make our way back into London, we can even stop at the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in the early 1600s, or visit Execution Dock at the famous Prospect of Whitby pub, London’s oldest riverside tavern dating back to 1520 and known to have been frequented by Charles Dickens, in the Wapping area of London.
- Visit the delightful town of Rochester, the setting for many of Charles Dickens’s best-known novels
- See the nearby historic Chatham Dockyards where the ship HMS Victory was built that won the Battle of Trafalgar
- Children under 16 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult
- Tours cancelled within 48hrs will be subjected to a cancellation fee
- Pickup times must be strictly adhered to, no variance to be allowed
- Max of 5 passengers per taxi (Iconic Classic London Cab)
- Max of 6 passengers per taxi (Mercedes Vito London Cab)
- Multiple Pickups are not available
- Please inform your guide if you wish to be dropped off at an alternative London location at the end of the tour. (This is included in the package)
Tour includes a Professional Driver Guide & Photo Opportunities. Tour Excludes Foods/Drinks, Entrance Fees to Attractions, & Gratuities.