Trains to Rochester chug into town along the banks of the River Medway, with the enchanting Norman castle towering over the waters and the spires of Rochester Cathedral - the second oldest in England - gradually coming into view. Historic buildings are what Rochester does best, and the town's Charles Dickens connections have helped it maintain its architectural heritage; look out for the Elizabethan Eastgate House, which features in The Pickwick Papers and now houses a Dickens museum. The annual Dickens Festival is also a major tourist attraction.
Rochester station dates back to 1892, and takes commuters west to London Victoria, Charing Cross and St Pancras International, as well as connecting to Kent destinations like Canterbury, Ramsgate and Gillingham. The shops and bars along bustling Eastgate, are less than five minutes' walk from the station (turn right out of the forecourt). Keep going up Eastgate to reach the cathedral, castle and the Guildhall Museum.