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Restoration House

Historic formal walled garden at the heart of Rochester.

  • 4.8

  • from 90 Google reviews

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About the garden

Featured in Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, Restoration House is a unique example of a preserved city mansion, situated at the heart of Rochester. The house is adjoined by a large walled garden which dates back to at least the 1860s, and it is a quiet haven from modern life, only 100 metres from the old High Street. A central wall divides the garden, with archways set into it at intervals and a formal pond connects the two halves.

The Southern garden is dominated by a Box parterre, which sits alongside a herbaceous border and a long shrubbery. This area is more formal in style, with a lawn sweeping back up to the house and a long stone pond, overhung by quinces. The view is capped off by a greenhouse and vegetable garden, with a brick archway leading to a small garden room off to one side.

The grounds were extended in 2007 with the addition of a tiered section, with water cannons spouting into turreted rills and a stunning collection of fountains, statues and citrus trees. A brick gazebo and wooden temple offer respite from the summer sunshine, while visitors can head back up towards the house to see stunning displays of giant Echium and Wisteria beside the historic yew topiary.

The garden is certainly not the only attraction here, and visitors should make a point of visiting the historic house, to see the sensitively restored decor and fascinating collections of period artefacts, while refreshments are usually available at the cafe (closed due to COVID).

Note from Restoration House: Regrettably, we will not be able to open The Tea Shop this year. We will be serving a limited range of refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake) from within the garden grounds. As in previous years, all proceeds will go to Wisdom Hospice and Trefoil Guild

Opening times

Open from May 26th- September 30th September 2022 Thursdays & Fridays (10am - 5pm) as well as Saturday 4th June and Saturday 16th July (12am - 5pm) Last Entry 4.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

2 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages. Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times as there are deep ponds.

Wheelchair access

Completely inaccessible. Please note, unfortunately the garden is no longer accessible to wheelchair users.



Medway, ME1 1RF

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Rochester train station is ten minutes walk away with high-speed train links to London and beyond.
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Upcoming events

Group Garden Tour Booking 2022

May 26 - Sep 30 Th-Fr 10:00-17:00

Group Garden Tours are for a single party of between 12 and 30 people. Tours are guided by Robert Tucker, one of the owners of Restoration House and last approximately 1 hour. The ticket price includes free-flow entry to the house. Tours start at either 11am or 2pm. For more information click here. Booking not confirmed upon purchase. Restoration House will be in touch in case of adjustments.

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 90 Google reviews

Maggie Servante

8 months ago


Lovely place was there yesterday but came back today with my daughter in law and grandchild. Will return and do the house when you reopen. Only did the garden so far and loved it.

Jacqueline Thompson

8 months ago


A magical place to visit. It is the gift that keeps on giving. There is so much to see and enjoy in a peaceful, beautiful historical place. The staff and volunteers are amazing.

Nigel Swan

8 months ago


Fantastic House and beautiful gardens. The gardeners were very approachable and gave us some good tips.

Al Read

8 months ago


Garden amazing can't believe all that land is with the house.Italian garden beautiful. House interesting and of course tea and cake!Friendly helpful people reccomend it.

Kevin Allen

8 months ago


Excellent throughout, a must for anyone who loves history, the gardens are stunning well worth the time taken to visit. Not many people know about this place, please note only open twice a week as it is privately owned, season finishes September. Thursday and Friday only.

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01634 848 520

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