Eastgate House

  • Eastgate House

Key Features

  • Children Welcome
  • Elizabethan mansion begun in 1590
  • Grade I listed building
  • Undergoing a Heritage Lottery funded conservation project
  • Due to re-open in 2017

Preserving our heritage for future generations

This grade I listed 16th and 17th century town house is one of the most impressive and distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic High Street. It also has many fascinating stories to tell…

Once the family home of Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard, the house has also been a Victorian boarding school, a hostel, a museum and an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens.

As part of a £2.2million Heritage Lottery Funded project, Eastgate House has recently undergone a conservation programme so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Many of the building's original features and decorative schemes have been carefully restored, and new heating and lighting has been installed. Access has been greatly improved with a new lift at the back of the building, and the second floor of the house will be open to visitors for the first time in more than 40 years.

The house is now open to the public and contains a series of exciting displays telling the story of this remarkable building and those who lived, worked and played there throughout more than 400 years of history.

To find out the latest news on the project visit http://www.friendsofeastgatehouse.org/ or follow Eastgate House on Facebook and Twitter.

Opening hours:
Weds-Sun 10am to 5pm

Adults: £5.50
Concessions (inc. Friends Group): £4
Under 5s: free
Family Ticket: £15
Groups of 10 or more: 15% discount
School groups: 15% discount on concession price

Admission offer:

Admission offer (valid 13-15 December)

Members of the public have the chance to visit one of the most impressive and distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic High Street, Eastgate House, for free between Wednesday, 13 and Friday, 15 December.

Eastgate House is part of a National Lottery Scheme where player’s can get free entry to the grade I listed building, if they present their ticket. If you play the lottery you will be able to use your ticket to receive free entry, for one adult, on the above dates only.

Eastgate House opened in the summer after a £2.1million conservation project to restore the Elizabethan home. In 2012, Medway Council successfully bid for a £1.2million grant towards the project, raised by National Lottery players and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). For the first time visitors were able to learn the history of Eastgate House, a 16th century Elizabethan home, Victorian boarding school and an inspiration to Charles Dickens.

The house is one of 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK which is saying thank you to people who have raised money for good causes by taking part in the National Lottery.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Eastgate House is a great day out for all of the family and is an important part of Medway’s history. If you participate in the lottery I would encourage you to use your ticket to visit Eastgate House for free. We are very proud of what we’ve achieved by restoring the building and visitors enjoy learning about the house. There’s also plenty going on at Eastgate House for children this Christmas, including a Victorian Father Christmas, dressed in green, reading festive tales to visitors.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7billion National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

The offer is valid for lottery draws between 11 and 17 December 2017.

Eastgate House is open each week from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For more information call 01634 332700 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/eastgatehouse.

Notes to editors:

The National Lottery
National Lottery players raise, on average, more than £30million each week for projects all over the country. In total £37billion has been raised for Good Causes since The National Lottery began in 1994 and more than 510,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the majority (70 per cent) of which are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community!

The Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office on tel: 020 7591 6036 @heritagelottery #NationalLottery
Terms and Conditions:

  • One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for one adult.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free entry, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid between Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 December.
  • Eastgate House has the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of venue reaching capacity, as well as unforeseen circumstances.
  • Admission tickets will be given at the till in Eastgate House’s shop when visitors arrive with their National Lottery tickets.
  • Offer open to adults only.

Images @ Simon Kelsey


Road Directions - From M2/A2 follow signs for Rochester. The house is situated on Rochester's historic High Street.
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Eastgate House
High Street
01634 333333

How to get here using public transport

Public Transport Directions - Nearest rail station is Rochester. The house is a short walking distance from the station.