As well as the peaceful Cloister Garth, we invite you to visit King’s Orchard, the secret gardens of the Cathedral, rarely open to the public, under the expert guidance of Graham Huckstepp, the Cathedral’s head gardener. You will see where Henry VIII had his disastrous first meeting with Anne of Cleeves, the ancient Roman wall, the Cathedral’s ancient trees including medlar, mulberry and chestnut, and much more.
The tour which lasts about an hour, will cost £8.20 per person and is open to members and friends. Please make cheques for the cost of the tour payable to G E Comer (we have no branch bank account) and send to27 Long Meadow, Sevenoaks, TN13 2QY – to arrive by Tuesday, 31st May so that the Cathedral may be paid in advance.
Please gather in the area of the Cathedral Gift shop, by the North door, at 1.50 to be ready to start the tour at 2 p.m.
For those wishing to extend their visit there is plenty to see in Rochester. The Gaia installation will still be on view in the Cathedral; a seven metre diameter globe, featuring NASA imagery of the earth’s surface, floating above the nave. It is free to visit during the day but it is necessary to book a time slot via the Cathedral’s website. The Cathedral Café in the Crypt is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sandwiches and cakes.
Free attractions in the High Street are the Guildhall Museum and, next door to the Visitor Centre, the Six Poor Travellers House, which does welcome donations. The ruins of the Castle are under the care of English Heritage.
For more information please contact George or Joanna Comer – Tel: 01732 461462 e-mail: .