A 1000-year old skyscraper? What larks, eh, Pip?

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I have harboured unkind thoughts about a town, after visiting only its industrial areas, and given no consideration to the fact that it may have a good heart…

Yesterday we went to Rochester, in Kent, to see the castle and cathedral. And it’s a cracker of a castle!

Rochester Castle, By Quentin Stafford-Fraser

OK, so it’s not quite a millennium old – closer to 900 years – but what’s great about it is that you can still get up to the top, and it’s several stories high. I’ve seldom been on something so old and so tall.

Rochester Castle, By Quentin Stafford-Fraser

The main floors have long-since disappeared, but the galleries and stairways built into the walls mean it can still be climbed.

Rochester Castle, By Quentin Stafford-Fraser

Rochester Castle, By Quentin Stafford-Fraser

And when you reach the top, you feel as if… well… as if you’re on top of a real castle.

The town has plenty more to offer, too. The Cathedral is just over the road, and rather pleasing.

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

There are nice spots for a cream tea:

The Precinct Pantry, Rochester

And just behind the cathedral is Restoration House, famous, amongst other things, for being Dickens’ model for Miss Havisham’s house in Great Expectations.

Restoration House

All in all, a good day out.

Rochester Cathedral

You can see some more Rochester pictures here.

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