Christmas at our heritage sites

A Celebration of Christmas Past

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?

As you explore this beautiful Elizabethan town house, displays and decorations will take you back in time to discover how Christmas traditions have changed throughout the centuries.

Suitable for all ages. Eastgate House is open from Wednesday to Sunday every week, with the event running from 1 December to Sunday, 9 January.

Open 10am-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. These dates are subject to change.

*Eastgate House is closed Mon and Tue.

Adults £5.50, Children and Concessions £4, Family £15, Under 5’s Free.

Santa’s Elves trail

Santa’s elves have visited our museum at night and made lots of mischief, can you find the pictures of them and tell us what they have done? Or take part in our elf competition, where you could be in with the chance of winning free entry to one of our castles or houses. We have two elves that have stayed behind to help us with Christmas. Can you give them a name as we keep calling them Elf? Visit the museum to take part.

Wed, 1 to Fri, 31 Dec, Tue to Sat, 10am-4pm

*These dates are subject to change.

Find up to date entry times.

Elves Trail £1 per child

Mince Pie Mayhem at Rochester Castle

Reveal stories about what Christmas was like in a medieval castle with the mince pie mayhem trail at Rochester Castle.

From Wednesday, 1 December until Friday, 31 December (Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm). The trail costs £1 per child, and normal admission charges apply.


Eastgate House


01634 332 700