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Find self-catering accommodation to rent in Rochester -  a small city on the banks of the River Medway in Kent. Visitors from around the world come to visit Rochester; its cathedral, castle ruins and the association with Charles Dickens makes it a popular destination from British and foreign tourists. Find a place to stay that suits you and enjoy exploring at your convenience in the knowledge that you have a welcoming holiday home to return to for meals, snacks and sleep.

What Rochester, Kent offers for Self-Catering Holidays

Rochester castle

One good way of finding more about Rochester is to download a treasure hunt from the Internet that encompasses more than just the main sights and high street, although the high street is attractive, has numerous coffee shops and interesting independent outlets that are enjoyable to browse.

Rochester, on the River Medway in north Kent is most famous for its annual Dickens Festival. Charles Dickens lived at Gad's Hill in Rochester until his death and associations with Dickens can be seen in many parts of the town. There is a museum to the life and works of Charles Dickens at Eastgate House in the High Street, one of many fine period buildings

There are several interesting shops in the Victorian High Street including a doll's house shop and old-fashioned style sweet shop complete with jars of sweets in the window. An attractive street for a stroll, there are Tudor and other historic buildings to enjoy. You may also want to take a short detour to view the Corn Exchange and some of the remaining city walls.

Rochester Castle was erected by William the Conqueror. The 113 ft high keep remains and is being preserved by English Heritage. Visitors are welcome to climb the stairs to the top of the keep for superb views of Rochester, Rochester Cathedral and the River Medway on payment of a small entrance fee. The castle is surrounded by pleasant gardens, popular with visitors.

Rochester High Street

An annual Christmas Market in early December brings tourists and shoppers into Rochester en-masse. Parking has to be booked in advance and it may just be more sensible to find a holiday home to rent outside the town and take the bus into the centre.

Rochester is a rewarding self-catering break destination, especially if the main event is shopping. Not only are there local shops but the big designer Bluewater Shopping Centre is a half hour drive away along the A2. Other places to visit are the historic docks in Chatham, The grave of Pocohontas at Gravesend. There are lots of other tourist attractions for all ages. Places of interest very much depend on your own personal age group, older couples will not want to visit Diggerland unless accompanied by grandchildren.

There is plenty of holiday accommodation to rent in Rochester and Kent, including country cottages in small Kent towns and big farmhouses brimming with exposed beams and character.

Whether you choose to book a holiday cottage in Rochester, an apartment, a lodge or another type of self-catering holiday accommodation, we hope you have your best holiday yet in Kent.

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