- Children Welcome
- Elizabethan mansion begun in 1590
- Grade I listed building
- Undergoing a Heritage Lottery funded conservation project
- Due to re-open in 2016
Preserving our heritage for future generations
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 Victorian boarding school, the town museum and a family home for generations. Much loved by Charles Dickens, it features in two of the author's best-known works, The Pickwick Papers and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
In the gardens of Eastgate House is the Swiss writing chalet from Gad's Hill place, Charles Dickens' final home. It was in the chalet that Dickens worked on some of his great novels.
Eastgate House is now undergoing a £2million conservation project, made possible through generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The works include essential repairs and restoration, and improved access for visitors with a new lift at the back of the building. A staircase, removed more than a century ago, will be reinstated to allow easy access to the second floor.
The works are due to be completed in 2016, when the building will be fully open to the public for the first time in more than 30 years. The house will be used for exciting exhibitions and displays telling the stories of those who lived and worked there during its 400 year history. It will also offer spaces for a range of cultural activities including talks, performances and private functions.
Please note that the house, gardens and the Dickens Chalet remain closed to the public for the duration of the works.
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: