Restoration House

A handsome townhouse with interiors "of rare poetry and historical resonance."

Crow Lane, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1RF

Restoration House front gate

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Free for members
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • No parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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Restoration House is the amalgamation of two medieval buildings which were combined in the late 16th or early 17th-century to create a mansion house just outside the city wall of Rochester.

Over the past ten years the present owners have uncovered various parts of the decorative scheme which were  the “run up” for King Charles II’s visit on the eve of his Restoration to the throne. These provide fascinating examples of fashionable mid-17th century Continental taste seen through provincial eyes at a time when such innovations had been quashed by Cromwell.

Within these “interiors of rare poetry and historical resonance” (Jeremy Musson, Country Life) is a collection of beautiful English pictures and furniture, with nine Gainsboroughs.

The walled gardens enclose a stunning parterre, topiary and other formal features, along with herbaceous borders, greenhouses, and a cutting garden. An amazing early 17th-century Italian garden, with wide terraces on three levels, statues, ponds and beautiful brickwork is now nearing completion.

Opening Times


May to September: Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 5pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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While pandemic measures are still in place to keep people safe, capacity at Restoration House is severely limited. Historic Houses members are still welcome to look round the house for free, by turning up on the day and waiting for the next available timed slot.

That means free entry cannot always be guaranteed, especially at busier times. Pre-booked tickets that do guarantee entry are available online, but the extra benefit of securing a convenient slot is not included in the house’s offer of free entry, so members wanting to make certain of admission will have to pay the regular ticket price.

Normal ticket prices:

House and Garden: £8.50, Concessions: £7.50
Garden only: £4.50
Students and under 16: half price
Pre booked guided tour: £11

Group Visits

Groups are welcome, please contact for more information.

Educational Visits

We offer tailored school visits for primary and secondary schools based on how people lived in houses before electricity.

Please contact us for more information on 01634 848520 or by email on

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Margaret Cumberland - Australia.

What would we do without such generous and forsightful owners preserving this beauty for us and the furture.

Restoration House hall with piano

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Restoration House Piano

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