Eastgate House

Christmas at Eastgate House

Do you remember finding an orange or an annual in your Christmas stocking? Have you ever wondered when Christmas trees first appeared in our homes? Or why people had a yule log in the dark days of a medieval winter?

Discover how Christmas traditions have changed throughout the centuries at the A Celebration of Christmas Past exhibition. Plus don't miss the Santa's Elf trail running through December.  

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.

For details of upcoming events at the house visit www.friendsofeastgatehouse.org or follow House House on Facebook and Twitter.


Photos © SIMON KELSEY / www.praxisdesign.co.uk

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. 

Opening Times

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


High Street

Entry Price

Adult £5.50
Concessions (inc. Friends Group) £4
Under 5s Free
Family ticket £15
Groups 10 or more 15% discount on adult price
School groups 15% of concession rate

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