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Guildhall Museum, Rochester, Kent

Excellent for younger and older children - model of Rochester Castle under attack and a visit to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DIH2013
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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This is a very interesting museum and like most it’s free entry. You can easily spend a couple of... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent for younger and older children - model of Rochester Castle under attack and a visit to the Hulks much enjoyed by a 3 and 8 year old. The museum is small enough not be too overwhelming. Even museum haters would enjoy it. And it’s free! What’s not to like?

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited as a family during half term. It is hard to criticise a free museum run by the local council, but it is looking faded and in need of some care and attention. The prison hulk reconstruction is the star attraction, and does give 'some' sense of what the environment was like, but is feeling old and unloved for. The real disappointment was that the Dickens discovery exhibition has disappeared, we looked for it and asked a staff member - apparently one local councillor decided it should go. Which seems very strange, given how high a profile Dickens has in the rest of the town.

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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a very interesting museum and like most it’s free entry.
You can easily spend a couple of hours or more in here.
If you are in Rochester, going to the castle and this museum is well worth it.

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Guildhall M, Manager at Guildhall Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Also worth a visit while you are in Rochester is Eastgate House.

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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

After years of living in Medway, my son said “come on let’s go to the Guildhall Museum, it’s got a bit about Dickens in it”.
What a fantastic visit. Loads of local info, masses of history and fabulous artefacts.
Give it a visit , it’s good and it’s free!

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Guildhall M, Manager at Guildhall Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Something for all ages in this beautiful building. Also a fascinating recreation of a 'prison' ship. Heartily recommend for art, wonderful sculptures and excellent 'hands on' for children too. FREE with excellent and helpful staff on hand. Ask away!

Thank Carol T
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Guildhall M, Manager at Guildhall Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic Lille place loaded with local historic artefacts, we went quite late on a Sunday afternoon, unfortunately we some how managed to get locked in!!!

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Reviewed September 23, 2018

We found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill in Rochester and stumbled across this rare gem of a museum. We entered expecting a local well intentioned look at local history but were taken aback and truly impressed. The Hulk Prison ships exhibit was informative, totally immersive and I left knowing a lot that I hadn't known when I entered. The Dickens exhibit in the second building was more typical of what I had expected but done very well. All in all I would thoroughly recommend that you set a time aside to visit if you find yourself in Rochester.

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Guildhall M, Manager at Guildhall Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed September 16, 2018

The new exhibits are great quality - especially loved the Knight's Templar one, really immersive. Loved the way the info is presented, could have had a bit more detail about the healing side of the Templar and their links with St Johns Ambulance etc. Also the 'HULKS' prison boat exhibit is amazing - again really immersive and atmospheric. Lots of work has gone into these and it's payed off. Can't wait to see what special exhibits come next. Friendly staff and a beautiful museum to wander around of an afternoon.

Thank Holly H
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

It’s a nice museum to spend a couple of hours wandering around, when you have finished you have other historical places to visit if on a day visit

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Reviewed September 4, 2018

When we went, only part of the museum was open, due to staff shortages. So we did not get to see the exhibit about Dickens, which is a shame considering the relationship Dickens had with this town. However, the part that was still open, is very well worth a visit. There is the standard section about local geology and history, all nicely presented, and with labels in English, French and Dutch. However, the real reason to go, is to see the rebuild "hull", one of the many prison ships that once lined rivers in England. These were ships that were too old and decrepit to still sail. Some had convicted criminals, others housed prisoners of war, mainly from France, the US and the Netherlands. On display are some of the finely carved items made by the French prisoners of war, mostly in workshops on the hull. One also gets to see the old meeting room of this former town hall, a scene used in Great Expectations.

Thank Katrien S
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