Charles Dickens’ Rochester

Just 35 minutes from Central London is one of Britain’s historic gems – and it’s the place Charles Dickens called… home.




There’s no substitute for local knowledge. And when it comes to Charles Dickens and his lifelong links with Rochester, that’s especially true.  At Rochester History Walking Tours, all our professional guides are local people, who’ve lived in the former city for many years and LOVE ‘all things Dickens’. So, when you come on one of our tours, you’ll be getting many years of interest and knowledge condensed down into a rich, literary stock.


If you’re staying London, getting to Rochester couldn’t be easier. We have excellent road links via the A2 from the Southbank, but by the far best – and quickest – way to get here is by rail. From London St Pancras, you can be standing in the place Dickens called home in just 35 minutes, thanks to South Eastern Trains 140mph+ Hi-Speed Javelin trains. We have a dedicated booking service via this website. Just click the button to book your tickets.

What we do

A tour to suit everyone


small group tours

With a maximum of just 12 guests and a minimum age limit of 18, these tours are perfect for those who have a long standing interest in Dickens, or Heritage in general. These are our most frequently run tours, on an almost daily basis during the summer.


After dark tours

When the sun goes down, the historic heart of Rochester takes on a quite different personality. This allows us to offer a quite different take on our daytime tours. Come and experience something quite special… Max 12 guests. Over 18’s only.


dickens for kids tours

Children the World over study Dickens and we offer them the ultimate lesson in the setting of one of the largest film sets on the planet! With a prize quiz as we follow the route, kids 8-17 will experience Charles Dickens in  a way they simply cannot in any classroom.


wednesday walks for all

We firmly believe no one should be prevented from learning about Charles Dickens or Rochester due to cost. So, a couple of times each month we offer our walks at a very low price  so as many people as possible can benefit. Wednesday Walks for All are just £2.50pp and anyone aged 8 or over can come along. 

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Quite simply, we want your visit to Rochester to stay vivid in your mind for years to come. We also know that people are different and a ‘one size fits all’ approach to heritage and history doesn’t work. That’s why we offer the range of tours shown above to suit as wide a range of visitors as we can. Above all though, we make our tours ENTERTAINING. There is nothing worse than a boring tour, led by a guide who isn’t passionate about the subject and – more importantly – YOU. And our guides are anything but boring! We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us and, if possible, you’ll come back and join us again in the future.

There’s more to see in rochester


The second oldest Cathedral in the United Kingdom, consecrated in 604AD, is home to some of the most significant documents in the country. Many of them are on public display, including Textus Roffensis – ‘The Tome of Rochester’: a unique record written by a single hand in 1122-24

Rochester Castle

Completed in 1127AD, Rochester’s Norman castle and keep was the second to last of the 47 castles the Normans built in England, Wales and Ireland in a 63 year period. Today, it is the most original Norman Castle Keep in the whole of Europe, and is the only one in the UK whose land owner was compensated when William the Conqueror siezed the land on which it is built!

nationally significant buildings

From the hiding place of a King, to the building where Christmas Dinner was born, Rochester is home to some of the most significant buildings outside London, in the whole of the UK. And, of course, more Dickens related locations per square mile than anywhere else in the World!


All about Rochester

find out more…

With 2,000 years of history, Rochester is one of the most significant places in the whole of the UK. To find out what else is here to be discovered, the best place to start is the Visit Rochester UK website. Just click the button below to take you there. It opens in a fresh tab so you can come back here anytime.

if you need a place to rest your head…

From a simple tourist-class lodge, to a luxury conversion of the former home of the Archdeacons of Rochester, there is a hotel within walking distance of the centre of the old city to suit every pocket or desire.

Just click the link to find out more.