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Rochester Christmas Market, United Kingdom

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Dates for Rochester Christmas Market, UK

The days for this year approximately, are:

November 28 and 29.

Dec. 4, 5, 6.

Dec. 11, 12 and 13.


Information on Rochester Christmas Markets, UK

The town of Rochester at Christmas is the perfect excuse to get to know it. It has historical and very interesting places, having as main attraction its Castle, which rightly houses the central Christmas Market of the town, which for several days is filled with Christmas cheer, delicious food and spaces for enjoyment.


Rochester fills with joy to welcome the Christmas holidays

Rochester fills with joy to welcome the Christmas holidays



Price: 6.4 euros

Location: Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW, United Kingdom

Paid parking: Yes

Coach parking: Yes

Food: Yes

Drinks: Yes

Entertainment: Yes

Location: In the picturesque gardens of Rochester Castle, overlooking Norman Keep.



Rochester’s Christmas Market is held in its castle which dates back to the 13th century. This castle stands on the east bank of the River Medway in the town of Rochester in southeastern England. Its gardens have become an important point of the city for being the place where festivals and concerts are held in summer and winter.

This festive event attracts over 138,000 thousand visitors a year and has stalls and entertainment for all to enjoy. There is even a guaranteed snowfall.


Millions of Lights Deck Rochester to Celebrate Christmas Market

Millions of lights deck Rochester to celebrate Christmas Market



From it you can expect:

*Magical festive atmosphere with live music.

*Beautiful luxury and unique gifts at the Christmas stalls.

*Bavarian Village and Craft Fair.

*Delicious treats from local producers at the food and beverage stalls.

*Easy access to historic Rochester High Street, with its eclectic mix of independent retailers, restaurants and period architecture.


What are the kiosks like and what do they sell at the Rochester Christmas Market, UK?

Expect a craft fair with stalls offering mountains of Christmas decorations and beautiful gifts. It’s such a variety of items that you come away from it with lots of ideas.


Food and drink at Rochester Christmas Market, UK

You could say, it’s a Bavarian food village offering great quantity and variety of sausages, pork roast and churros. As for drinks, among others there is the traditional mulled wine and hot chocolate that you can accompany with delicious roasted chestnuts.


Roasted chestnuts are one of the many snacks you can find at the Christmas Markets

Roasted chestnuts are one of the many snacks you can find at the Christmas Markets


Christmas weather in Rochester, UK

While the warm weather may be noticeable during the rest of this month, warmly bundled up you will have a great time. You will be facing temperatures between 9°C and 3°C.

Bring an umbrella as about 9 days of rain are expected.


The city of Rochester is filled with dozens of kiosks to offer all kinds of gifts to visitors

The city of Rochester is filled with dozens of kiosks to offer all kinds of gifts to visitors


Christmas events in Rochester, UK

Stroll through the Bavarian food village or visit the amusement park.

There will also be live performers to keep you entertained.


Recommended Christmas Visits in Rochester, UK

Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas Festival, which attracts 60,000 visitors over two days, also coincides with Rochester’s main Christmas market.

Among other best things to see at Rochester Castle, at Christmas or any time of year, are:

-Detail its walls, which served as a fortress, are four meters thick, and were tested in three sieges.

-In the chapel you can find a model showing what Rochester Castle would have looked like in the 14th century, while there are outdoor theater and film shows throughout the summer in the castle grounds.

-As soon as you enter, you’ll be amazed by the lush plaster ceilings found in the foyer and staircase.


Rochester Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in the town

Rochester Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in the town



-Rochester High Street, is incredibly beautiful and, at times, feels like a period set; where they light up with gas lanterns. In this town you can visit one of its treasures, the Elizabethan house dating from 1591 Eastgate House. The historic Chatham Dockyard, which tells the fascinating naval history.

-Located in the glorious Edwardian Baroque Ravelin building; the Royal Engineers Museum at Gillingham, is minutes by train from Rochester.



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How to get to Rochester at Christmas

How to get to Rochester by train at Christmas

Medway’s five main railroad stations, Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham, Strood and Rainham, have frequent services from London Victoria and Charing Cross.

High-speed trains also connect Medway with London St. Pancras in just 35 minutes.

Rochester railway station is just half a mile from the castle.

We recommend buying airline tickets through where they are usually cheaper. More information on this link to review


How to get to Rochester by bus at Christmas

Arriva and Nu Venture, operate Rochester bus services. Just hop on Corporation Street and you’ll be within walking distance of the Castle.


How to get to Rochester by car at Christmas

*The five Medway towns of Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham, Strood and Rainham, are well served by roads.

*There is easy access from London and the Kent coast on the M2 / A2 and M20 freeways, which connect to the M25.

*There are direct links from A2 / M2 to Rochester / Chatham / Gillingham via the A289 / Medway tunnel. Regular coaches run from London Victoria to Rochester.


Where to stay in Rochester at Christmas


The RBS Hotel

Offers rooms in Rochester, 1.5 km from Rochester Cathedral and 8 km from Refreshing Castle. The accommodation offers 24-hour reception and free WiFi. A continental breakfast is served.

The nearest airport is London City Airport, 48 km from RBS Hotel. Lodging at 50 euros.


The Gordon House Hotel

Features a restaurant, a bar, a common room and a garden in Rochester. This 2-star hotel offers 24-hour reception, room service and free Wi-Fi. Private parking is available for a surcharge. Rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area. Rooms at The Gordon House Hotel include a work desk, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. A continental or full English/Irish breakfast is served.

Rochester Cathedral is 400 yards from The Gordon House Hotel. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 48 km from the hotel.

Lodging at 65 euros.


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