Visiting the Cathedral
The Cathedral is open daily from 07:30 to 18:00 (17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays). Tours are available from 10:00 to 15.30 (14:00 on Saturdays). Occasionally access may be restricted due to services or special events.
22 Feb - the Cathedral will be closed to visitors from 15:15.
14 Mar - the Cathedral will be closed to visitors in the morning and re-open from 13:00.
Exhibition Opening times:
22 Feb - the Exhibition will be closed to visitors from 15:15.
14 Mar - access via the Engineers Door (opposite the War Memorial) until 13:00 and then open as usual.
We are committed to keeping entry to the Cathedral free for all individual casual visitors although donations are always welcome.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Rochester Cathedral. This ancient and beautiful building has relied on the generosity of its visitors and congregation from its earliest times. For information please see here.
You can download our Group Visits leaflet here. (Please check with us for the most up to date fees).
We appreciate that often groups are working to tight timetables, so to help you plan your time effectively we have devised a number of ways for you to explore and enjoy the Cathedral.
Although entry is free for the casual visitor the Cathedral can be extremely busy and we are limited in the numbers allowed. Therefore it is essential that groups book in advance to avoid the disappointment of us being unable to accept your group due to Health and Safety reasons.
Fee: £2 per head to cover administration
Our team of trained guides will be able to lead you on a fantastic journey through the Cathedral, imparting interesting anecdotes and information that you could never discover on your own.
Guided tours must be booked in advance and can be tailored to your interests.
Fee: £4 per head / £3 per head for Parish Groups within the Rochester Diocese
Fee: £9.00 per head
Minimum number: 10
Guided Tour and Cream Tea - Enjoy your very own guided tour followed by a Cream tea.
If you would like to book a group visit, please contact the Bookings Co-ordinator on (01634) 810073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is access for wheelchairs through the North door into the Nave. There are WCs for people with disabilities in the Tea Rooms and in the Cathedral (by the South Door).
Among the many historical, architectural and spiritual wonders the Cathedral holds, there is a small shop (at the welcome desk) stocking a selection of gifts and souvenirs.
The Welcome Desk is situated in the North Transept of the Cathedral and open mostly between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Saturday and between 12 noon and 4 pm on Sunday, except for occasions when the Cathedral is being used for events or services. For a comprehensive list of our wide range of souvenirs and gifts please see our gift list.
Tea Rooms provide excellent food at affordable prices, whilst the Gardens offer a delightful haven of tranquillity.
Photography, Video and Mobile Phones
There is no charge for taking photographs. However, no photography, video or mobile phone recording is allowed during services or rehearsals for services and concerts. We ask that visitors respect this sacred space and turn off their mobile phones during their visit.
You may find either of these websites useful for researching various accommodation options near the Cathedral: