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Rochester, Kent today looks the epitome of a town steeped in history, with the second-oldest cathedral in the UK and the most original Norman Castle Keep in the World. But delve just below the surface and Rochester shows it's darker side. It's MUCH, MUCH DARKER SIDE! Join RHWT’s founder, Shane Waterman, as he takes you on a ‘walk into the unknown’ around the sites and locations with some pretty ghastly stories to tell... The ghostly imprints left by the Romans... The Demon that ‘lives’ in a local park... The forgotten 14th century monk, only discovered 600 years after he disappeared... The strange coincidence of two murders – 100 years apart. The highly profitable scam created by men of the cloth, to make a fortune out of the murder of a humble baker... The secret escape of a King of England from a humble home in the High Street... and the dark secret of a now-gentile home right in the heart of Rochester... THREE of whose occupants met their ends by being executed by the State. Please note: this walk is conducted at night time and contains content that may not be suitable for children or those of a nervous disposition – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..! Children MUST be in Year 6 or above. Bring a torch... because the night is dark, and full of... TERRORS! IMPORTANT and LEGAL STUFF: All our walks are offered on a DONATION ONLY basis. We do not want anyone prevented from joining the walk due to cost, so we leave it to you to decide how much you want to, or can afford, to pay at the end. PLEASE wear suitable footwear - ALL Rochester pavements are either made to look 'olde worlde' or really are! They come with all the 'olde worlde' opportunities for twisted ankles etc etc, so please leave your stilettos at home. That goes for the ladies too! As this walk will certainly end in the dark, you are STRONGLY advised to bring a decent torch with you for the latter stages. Some street lighting is very 'period' and visibility may be low.
DISCOVER CHARLES DICKENS ROCHESTER - GUIDED WALKING TOUR This is our most popular walking tour because, if there is one literary name associated with Rochester, it is unquestionably.... CHARLES DICKENS. The town is littered with locations and names which Dickens drew on for inspiration throughout his career, featuring many of them in his fifteen novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories, most notably ‘The Pickwick Papers’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’ and his last – and unfinished – work, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Join us for an entertaining tour around all the key sites, and learn more about the man himself and how he went from being just one of thousands of aspiring British writers in 1833, to become THE HIGHEST EARNING AUTHOR IN THE WORLD at the time of his death in 1870. DURATION OF TOUR – Please allow up to 3 hours as the town centre will be busy during the DICKENS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. WHAT’S THE COST? That is entirely at YOUR discretion. We feel that NO ONE should be prevented from learning something just because they cannot afford, in the case of Rochester, up to £17 for a ticket to a walk. For some, £1 is a lot of money. So, we leave that decision to YOU. WHERE TO FIND OUR GUIDE – Meet your guide outside the GUILDHALL MUSEUM at the bridges end of the High Street. Our guide will be waiting close to the Victorian green and gold postbox, holding a yellow meeting board showing ‘RHWT TOUR GUIDE’ so you can recognise them. START TIME – Please see the event listing for the start time. Please arrive ten minutes before then as the walk leaves PROMPTLY! For updates to your booking and telephone contact details for your guide, please email us at: [masked]