Adorable tea rooms, hipster coffee shops, cute gift stores, boutiques, smart restaurants, an ancient castle, stunning river views and even Charles Dickens’ old apothecary… It’s time to visit Rochester in Kent!
One of the things I’m enjoying most right now is exploring my home country. A few years ago I was jetting off here, there and everywhere! While I haven’t slowed down much, I’ve really appreciated opportunities to explore more of England. There’s so much in this country, but it’s SO often overlooked! I love the convenience of it. You don’t have to travel far to see some truly gorgeous places!
I hopped on a Southeastern train at St Pancras International and started my journey to the south east of England. Just 45 minutes later I arrived in Rochester – one of Kent’s most historic towns.
There was a wonderful view as we arrived, crossing the River Medway with Rochester’s distinctive Norman Castle standing tall on the right. I knew very little about the town before my visit. Yes I’d heard about the historic castle and beautiful cathedral, but what else was there to see?
Plenty it turned out! And making it extra special was the fact that most of it was unique to the town. It wasn’t filled with brand after brand. Stores were created by locals, run by locals, and filled with local spirit. It’s a town where cute tearooms and hipster cafes have kept most of the chain stores out. Where local artists have places to exhibit their works, and people pick up local produce in an old-fashioned greengrocers.
So, if you’re looking for a cosy winter day trip, check out the video of my day, then scroll down to plan your trip to Rochester in Kent!
This is a super cute teashop and gift shop all-in-one! It’s an Instagram delight, and somewhere you can buy pretty much everything you see from the teacups to the chandeliers. Once you’ve had a browse for gifts, take a seat and enjoy the perfect pot of tea and a slice of homemade cake.