The Crypt

After 3 years of highly skilled renovations, Rochester Cathedral proudly reveals its refurbished mediaeval crypt.

Since October 2016 visitors have been able to explore the Crypt and, for the first time, see a wealth of texts, books, documents, charters, stonework, embroidery, plate, paintings and historical artefacts previously hidden from public view. 

Discover Textus Roffensis Rochester’s Mystery book

Textus Roffensis is the only existing copy of the first code of English law and was written in Rochester during the early 1120s. It has been described as one of the most important documents in English history and influenced the wording of Magna Carta of 1215. You can find out more about Texuts Roffensis here.

The Crypt is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 16:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00
Occasionally access may be restricted due to services or special events. 

Discover The Library

Via a magnificent 14th Century door (upstairs in the Quire), enter the Cathedral's Library (also refurbished during this project) which houses an outstanding collection of rare and historic books, manuscripts, photographs and lantern slides, some dating from the 12th Century. More information about the Library and it's significant collections can be discovered here.