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Restoration House & Rochester Cathedral
Thursday 21 June 2018

This visit is now waiting list only

Restoration House is a unique survival of an ancient city mansion deriving its name from the stay of Charles II on the eve of the Restoration. A private gem. Beautiful interiors with exceptional early paintwork related to the visit of Charles II. The House also inspired Charles Dickens to situate ‘Miss Haversham’ here. It houses fine English furniture and an excellent collection of English portraits, including examples by Lely, Kneller, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Dahl, Mytens and the earliest Gainsborough landscapes. You can also spend time in the charming interlinked walled gardens. There will also be free time to explore Rochester before the guided tour of the Cathedral.

Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest, having been founded in AD 604 by Bishop Justus. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk, Gundulf, in 1080. The glorious Norman architecture of the nave, parts of the crypt, as well as one of the finest Romanesque facades in England make this an inspirational place to visit.  A fresco painted by Sergei Fyodorov, the Russian iconographer, can be seen in the north nave transept.

Cost £39 including coach, gratuities, refreshments on arrival, Private Guided Tour of Restoration House and a 40-page guide book. Price also includes a guided tour of Rochester Cathedral. Lunch is not included in the cost of visit.

A booking form can be downloaded here.