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Rochester city, originally a quaint Saxon Village, is now a beautiful, thriving historic city, and one of England’s finest. It is situated on the River Medway, approximately 30 miles east of London's city centre, and has long been an important strategic river crossing on the road from London to Canterbury and Dover. The majority of visitors, whether on business or just pleasure, book car hire in Rochester to help them get around freely. Roads are easy to navigate, with good signposting. Search and compare prices right here, and let us find you the best deals online.
Rochester Castle is one of the best preserved castles in England. The stone Keep is an excellent example of a Norman military building and is the tallest in England. A circular staircase leads up to the battlements from where there is an astounding view of the Kent countryside.
The city has a number of very fine and interesting buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest in England and is a beautiful example of Norman and early English architecture. Other buildings of interest include Eastgate House, home to the Charles Dickens Centre, and Richard Watts Charity. Many of Rochester’s buildings feature in the novels and stories of Charles Dickens who lived in Rochester and the surrounding area for most of his life.
Rochester is a lively place with many festivals throughout the year. They start in May with the 'Sweeps Festival' and finish with the street light procession of 'Dickensian Christmas'. There is plenty of shopping with most of the unusual shops along Rochester High Street.
By opting for car hire in Rochester, visitors can travel out into the rural surroundings and take in the beautiful scenery, with ancient castles and churches, and Kentish villages. Modern Rochester is part of the Medway Towns along with Strood, Chatham, and Gillingham. It is situated some 20 miles southeast of London.
Rochester has a small airport just outside the town, but with such close proximity to London, Rochester residents and visitors tend to use London Airports; Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. Car rentals are also available at these airports from a number of leading rental companies such as Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Budget and Thrifty. Book online for cheaper quotes.
Trains leave from Rochester Station every 20 minutes to London Victoria Station (duration one hour). Buses also service the area, and operate throughout Kent, Surrey, Essex and Greater London. Rochester is also within close proximity to France and other European countries, and is only 1.5 hours from France using the Eurostar.