Visit | Restoration House
Friday 1 July 2011 - 11:00
Meet at Rochester's Restoration House. Built in 1587, the house was given its name when Charles II stayed there in May 1660 on his way to take possession of his throne. Dickens used it as a model for Satis House in Great Expectations. The remarkable interior retains much of its early paintwork, including that installed for Charles II. There is a wonderful collection of English portraits there by Mytens, Lely, Kneller, Dahl, Mercier, Reynolds, Constable, and Devis and several landscapes by Gainsborough. The House also boasts a wonderful collection of furniture. There are two walled gardens and formal pond. After a light lunch at the Atrium Restaurant the visit will take in the impressive Norman Castle and the Cathedral with its Library dating from 1082 and Old Chapter Room. Then, a visit to the Corn Exchange and Guidhall which boasts impressive brick and plaster work and a wonderful collection of civic portraits.