Eastgate House

  • Eastgate House

Key Features

  • Children Welcome
  • Elizabethan mansion begun in 1590
  • Grade I listed building
  • Now open following a Heritage Lottery funded conservation project
  • Many rooms to explore telling the story of the house
  • Formerly an Elizabethan home, Victorian boarding school and town museum

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.

You can support the house by joining The Friends of Eastgate House. To find out more visit http://www.friendsofeastgatehouse.org/

Keep in touch with what's going on by following 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

Heritage Lottery Fund


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 332700 (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm)

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.