Local area guide

Living in Rochester

Thinking about moving to Rochester? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Rochester

Why Rochester is a good place to live

Rochester, a city steeped in history and beauty, offers a rich and unique living experience. This splendid destination is blessed with a vast array of splendid architectural marvels, including a splendid cathedral and castle, remnants from its wide-spanning history as a vital Roman city. Its wonderful location offers picturesque views over the Medway Valley, with the rolling North Kent Downs as a backdrop. The transport links are excellent, offering a convenient commute to London and surrounding regions. If you're thinking of moving to Rochester, you'll be delighted to know it boasts excellent educational institutions, making it an ideal place for families too.

What's Rochester famous for?

Rochester is famous for its rich historical lineage and notable landmarks. It's well-known for its impressive Rochester Cathedral and the Norman ruins of Rochester Castle, both bearing witness to the city's long history. However, what sets Rochester apart is its strong association with celebrated writer Charles Dickens. He spent much of his life in this charming city and immortalised its streets, buildings and residents in his novels. The heritage of Dickens is celebrated each year in the annual Dickens Festival, echoing the festive spirit of the unique city.

Things to do in Rochester

There's no shortage of attractions and activities in Rochester. History enthusiasts will be enthralled visiting sites such as the Rochester Cathedral and castle. Cultural events like the Dickens Festival celebrate the area's literary connections, digging into the life and works of Charles Dickens. Those with a love for shopping won't be disappointed with the array of enchanting boutiques waiting to be discovered along the streets. For food lovers, the city offers an assortment of restaurants, ranging from traditional British fare to a variety of international cuisines, ensuring there's something for every palate.

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Average asking prices in Rochester today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£308,800

118 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£500,000

139 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£375,000

133 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£190,000

94 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Rochester

Whether you're looking to buy a family home or a beautiful apartment, we've got you covered.

Transport in Rochester

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Rochester.

Local connections

Rochester
National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Strood (Kent)
National Rail
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Chatham
National Rail
0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Gillingham (Kent)
National Rail
2 miles / 3.2 km
Cuxton
National Rail
2.1 miles / 3.4 km
Higham
National Rail
3.1 miles / 5.0 km

Schools in Rochester

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Rochester.

Education in Rochester

King's School, Rochester
Ages: 3 - 18 years old
Rochester Riverside Church of England Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
St Margaret's at Troy Town CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2021)
Rochester Independent College
Ages: 11 - 21 years old
St Andrew's School (Rochester)
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ripplevale School Rochester
Ages: 6 - 25 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)

Local pubs in Rochester

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  • City Wall

    Rochester, Kent, ME1

    The City Wall in the Heart of Rochester High street is the perfect place to meet for drinks, food & entertainment.

  • Golden Lion

    Rochester, Kent, ME1

    From the early 19th century until the 1920s, 147 High Street had been The Golden Lion.

  • Royal Crown

    Rochester, Kent, ME1

    Book now for pub classics, Sunday roasts, award-winning craft ales and lagers, live music & sport.

  • Rochester Bar

    Rochester, Kent, ME1

    The Rochester Bar- possibly the best drink prices in the world