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Rochester is a quaint town located in Kent, South East England. Rochester was frequented often by the author Charles Dickens who lived nearby in Higham and descriptions of the town can be found in his novels. A Dicken's Festival is held in the town each year to celebrate this connection.
Historic Rochester blends the old with the new and has a history to keep any historian amused for some time. There are a number of Rochester Hotels that are well priced and located close to Rochesters Historic Centre. Before you plan your trip to Rochester make sure you research Rochester Events as you may be caught up in festivals and parades to make your trip more memorable.
Rochester has a monthly farmer's market from 9am - 1pm in Corporation Street Car Park. Please call 01634 338143 to find out the dates.
Rochester is situated on The River Medway and forms part of what is known as The Medway Towns, (Chatham and Gillingham). Of the three Medway Towns, Rochester is probably the prettiest. There is a 120ft high defensive tower in Rochester called The Keep that can still be seen today - this was erected during the reign of King Henry I.
Other places to visit or interest in Rochester are Rochester Cathederal, which is where Charles Dickens wished to be buried but he was infact buried in Westminster Abbey on the request of Queen Victoria. Perhaps his ghost still walks the routes he used to when he spent time in Rochester? Dickens featured the streets of Rochester in his works including Great Expectations and Pickwick Papers. Dickens brought Rochester alive through his writing and there are some Tourist Attractions in Rochester that pay homage to the great writer.