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Eastgate House

Heritage and Gardens
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Heritage Summer Trails.


Visit Eastgate House this summer and start your quest to collecting the many Heritage badges at our sites! Learn the history of these iconic sites while working towards your collection of badges this summer!


learn more about the summer trails here.


The Site will be closed on the following days due to ongoing activities:

 30 July, 3 August and 16 August.

The house will be open to ticket holders for Northanger Abbey only on:

Sunday, 21 August 2022


There are many upcoming events at Eastgate House including:

22 July- Hidden disability Initiative Summer Gardens party with the Mayor

This Grade I listed 16th and 17th Century town house is one of the most impressive and distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic High Street. It also has many fascinating stories to tell…

Once the family home of Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard, the house has also been a Victorian boarding school, a hostel, a museum and an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens.

As part of a £2.2million Heritage Lottery Funded project, Eastgate House underwent major refurbishment works and is now open to the public.

Many of the building's original features and decorative schemes have been carefully restored, and new heating and lighting has been installed. Access has been greatly improved with a new lift at the back of the building, and the second floor of the house is open to visitors for the first time in more than 40 years.

Visitors to the house can explore the amazing rooms of the house while learning the remarkable story of those who lived, worked and played here throughout the centuries.

In the gardens of the house stands Dickens’ Swiss Chalet, used by the author as his study at his home at Gad’s Hill Place.

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Step inside Eastgate House and explore a maze of beautiful rooms and displays telling the stories of those who lives there throughout the centuries.

Weddings at Eastgate House

The splendid oak-panelled ceremony room at Eastgate House features a gorgeous fireplace and offers a true sense of occasion.

Eastgate is a ceremony-only venue that seats 40 guests. 

Find out more about getting married at Eastgate House. 


Adult £5.90, Concession £3.20, Child (5-17 years) £2.70.

Family ticket £14.40

Joint attraction tickets:

  • Admission to Rochester Castle and Eastgate House Adult £10.65, Senior £6.80, Child £4.70, Family £25.90
  • Admission to Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle and Eastgate House Adult £15.50, Senior £10.35, Child £6.80, Family £37.80

Joint tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.


High Street, Rochester, Kent

Opening Times

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Last admission 4.15pm.

Coaches welcome
Gift shop
Groups welcome
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