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Rochester History Walking Tours

As far back as my schooldays, I can’t remember a time when history or archaeology didn’t fascinate me. As a child I lived only a few miles from Rochester and remember wandering around the High St, Cathedral, Castle and the dozens of other historic buildings with my parents….. but it made NO impression on me whatsoever! Thankfully, we grow up and our appreciation for what is around us grows too. And that is how it was with me about the town I now call home.

Having taken in many similar guided history walking tours myself all over the UK, from Edinburgh to Oxford, London to Portsmouth, I was amazed that no one was offering the kind of entertaining and informative tour (in other words, not ‘high brow’ or boring!) I knew was commonplace in other towns and cities.

After a leading a guided walk in 2016 which got ‘rave reviews’ I decided it was time to do something about it, and put Rochester well and truly on the history tour map, and formed Rochester History Walking Tours.

At RHWT, all our guides have one thing in common – we LOVE Rochester!

And we would love to show you around our town, and show you why…

Shane Waterman, Founder, Rochester History Walking Tours

2020 is the 150th Anniversary of Charles Dickens death

If you’re a Dickens fan and haven’t visited Rochester before, then 2020 is the year to change that!

On 9th June, it will be 150 years since we lost arguably Britain’s finest novelist and Rochester is gearing up to mark the anniversary with a calender of events throughout the year.

The key event will be the annual Dickens Festival, this year running from Wednesday 10th through to Sunday 14th June, with a full five days of features and activities celebrating the great man’s literary works, and his lifelong campaigns against injustice which still have an effect on life in the United Kingdom to this day.

Why not make this year the time you get to know Rochester – Dickens’ ancient, drowsy old city of Cloisterham in his final, unfinished novel ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.

It’s not just about dickens…

Make more of your visit