- Children Welcome
- Venue available for hire
- Regular programme of exhibitions
- Dickens' chalet can be viewed in the gardens
- Pre-booked educational and coach groups accepted
Discover its past, be part of its future
Eastgate House is a grade one listed building and a treasured landmark in the heart of Historic Rochester.
This beautiful Elizabethan townhouse was built in the late 1590s for Sir Peter Buck, who was Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham’s Royal Dockyard and Mayor of Rochester. Throughout the centuries the house has been a girls' boarding school, restaurant, the city museum and the Dickens Museum as well as a family home. It also features as Westgate in Dickens' novel, Pickwick Papers and as the Nun's House in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
The gardens, annexe building and cottage were designed by Sir Guy Dawber in the 1920s. Here you will find the Swiss chalet where Dickens worked on some of his most famous novels. Previously sited at Dickens’ home in Gad’s Hill, it was moved to Rochester in the 1960s.
In December 2012 Medway Council was awarded 1.28m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform Eastgate House into an exciting exhibition and community space with improved access and visitor facilities. The house will reopen in 2015.
You can get involved in the project by joining the Friends of Eastgate House. To find out more visit www.visitmedway.org/become-friend-eastgate-house