Rochester is a town in South East England situated on the River Medway. It was, for many years, the favourite of Charles Dickens, who lived nearby in Higham, and who based many of his novels in the area. Many of Rochester's heritage buildings are featured in his work, including The Six Poor Travellers' House, Satis House and Restoration House. Dickens' Swiss Chalet, where he wrote many of his works can be found in the gardens of Eastgate House.
Historic Rochester has retained much of its Victorian charm with its cobbled streets, ornate lamp posts and buildings of great architectural and historical interest. Visitors to the High Street can enjoy a wide choice of independent and specialist shops, with many places to eat and drink. The arts and culture scene in the area is highly developed through the art galleries and events such as the Fuse Medway Festival which transforms the streets and open spaces with free arts event from circus acts to theatrical shows.
The Diocese of Rochester, the second oldest in England, is based at Rochester Cathedral, and was responsible for the founding of King’s School in 604 AD. King’s Rochester is the second oldest continuously running school in the world. It also overlooks Rochester Castle, built by Gundulf of Rochester, which has one of the best preserved Norman keeps in England or France.
Rochester is situated approximately 40 miles from London and can be reached via major motorways. From north, south and west via M25/A2/M2 (junctions 1-4). From London via M25/M26/M20 (junctions 4 for A228 or 6 for A229). From the Channel ports/Eurotunnel via the M20 (junction 6 for A229 or via A2/M2 for junctions 1-4).