Rochester sits within the area, known to geologists, as the London Basin. The low-lying Hoo Peninsula to the north of the town is a peninsula separating the estuaries of the rivers Thames and Medway. It is dominated by a line of sand and clay hills, surrounded by an extensive area of marshland composed of alluvial silt.

Rochester is centered on the cathedral and castle. The city was also a favourite of Charles Dickens who lived nearby and based a number of his novels in the area.

The Hoo Peninsula is home to a 129.7 acre nature reserve located in High Halstow, one of the many villages on the peninsula. The Peninsula's marshlands are part of the North Kent Marshes, divided into two protected areas: the Thames Estuary and Marshlands, and the Medway Estuary and Marshes.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have one beach around Rochester, 46 beaches in Kent, or have a look at our list of Kent dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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    Temple Manor

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    Rochester Castle

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    Rochester Cathedral

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    Upnor Castle

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    Allhallows Beach

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    Allhallows Leisure Park

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