Eastgate House

  • Eastgate House
  • Medway Heritage Volunteering Poster

Key Features

  • 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. More information will be availble at the following Medway Heritage Volunteering Events:

Get involved in your local history! Volunteer with Medway Heritage

Medway Council’s Heritage Service cares for some of Medway’s most iconic historic sites and its archive. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us deliver exciting activities at these exceptional venues.

Volunteer Open Days - Drop by to find out how you could get involved:

Wednesday, 18 February between 11am and 3pm

Saturday, 21 February between 10.30am and 12.30pm

The Member’s Room, Guildhall Museum, Rochester

No previous experience is necessary. Full training for all opportunities will be given

For further information contact guildhall.museum@medway.gov.uk (Notice February 4, 2015)

Heritage Lottery Fund


Road Directions - From M2/A2 follow signs for Rochester. The house is situated on Rochester's historic High Street.
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Eastgate House
High Street
01634 333333

How to get here using public transport

Public Transport Directions - Nearest rail station is Rochester. The house is a short walking distance from the station.