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Getting to Rochester's Christmas events

Travel information for those wanting to enjoy Rochester's Christmas Market and the Dickensian Christmas Festival

Getting to Rochester this Christmas

There is limited parking available in Rochester, so we highly recommend those that are able, consider coming by train or bus. 

Blue Badge Parking

Blue Badge spaces are available in all public pay and display car parks. Please note, for car parks operating ANPR camera systems, blue badge holders will need to register their vehicle in advance to qualify for free parking and must continue to display your badge when parked.

For the Christmas Markets and Dickensian Christmas weekend, additional on street blue badge parking spaces are provided on the Esplanade (beneath the castle wall). These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.

For further details on blue badge parking in Medway, please visit Medway Council's website.

Arriving by bus

There are many bus stops in and around Rochester, and Rochester is well served by bus routes.

  • From Chatham: Arriva- 133, 140, 141, 190, 191, (193 Sundays) 700;Nu-Venture 151, 174, ASD 173,197
  • From Gravesend: Arriva 190  
  • From West Malling, Halling and Cuxton: Nu Venture 151  
  • From Grain, Hoo: Arriva 191 (193 Sundays)

Full timetable details are available at or

Park & Ride Service (3 & 4 December only)

Rochester town centre parking will be extremely limited during the Dickensian Christmas Festival. We strongly advise visitors to use the park and ride service, which will operate from the University of Greenwich, adjacent to The Historic Dockyard Chatham between 9am-6pm on both days of the Dickensian Christmas Festival.  

Visit this page for further details on the Park & Ride Service.

Arriving by Coach or Minibus

If you are visiting by coach or minibus, please pre-book your parking space by Tuesday, 1 November by downloading the coach booking formThe booking system for the Dickensian Christmas Festival has now closed.

Arriving by train

Rochester Train Station is roughly a two-minute walk from the high street. Strood Train Station is under a 10-minute walk. Please use the 'Live' trains timetable below or visit South Eastern Trains' website to plan your journey.

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