Rochester Cathedral

Spire, Rochester Cathedral
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Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest cathedral, having been founded in 604AD by Bishop Justus. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk, Gundulf, in 1080. The glorious Norman architecture of the nave, parts of the crypt, as well as one of the finest Romanesque facades in England, make this an inspirational place to visit. The Cathedral is blessed with some fine examples of later Gothic styles as well as the magnificent 14th century Chapter Library door. Hidden from view (although it can be viewed by special appointment) is one of the oldest doors in England.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

Sun - Fri 07:30 – 18:00
Sat 07:30 - 17:00
Occasionally access may be restricted due to services or special events - information available on our website.
School visits from 10.00 weekdays.
All group visits must be pre-booked please.

Admission charges

Free admission
Suggested donation for individual adult visits
Guided tours: £4 per person
School visits: from £1.90 per pupil

Additional info

Please contact us for group visits or regarding any special requirements.
Only members of the cathedral community are granted licenses for weddings.

Rochester Cathedral
Chapter Office
Garth House
The Precinct


Our website



School and student visits


Cathedral Number

01634 810073

School and student visits

01634 810066


General fax number

01634 401410

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.