SCHOOL TRIP TO ROCHESTER
CHARLES DICKENS' BIRTHPLACE
Die Rochester Cathedral überragt diese mittelalterliche Stadt am Medway, die dem kulturellen Erbe Englands angehört. Die Ruinen von Rochester Castle dienten sogar als Filmkulissen für »Hamlet« und »Heinrich VIII«.
Der große englische Schriftsteller Charles Dickens würdigte die ehemalige normannische Festung seiner Heimatstadt, ihren »Keep« und das herrschaftliche Restoration House in seinen Romanen – und die Stadt Rochester ehrt Charles Dickens mit einem jährlichen Festival. Viele Besucher zieht es an diesen historischen Ort englischer Geschichte, welche herausragend multimedial im Guidhall Museum veranschaulicht wird. Genießt und entdeckt auf Eurer Klassenreise auch spannende Ausflugsziele wie Canterbury und Cambridge und London.
This trip is perfect for all age groups. Rochester offers diverse and interesting programme possibilities.
SENLAC'S TRAVEL GUIDE TO ROCHESTER
All building blocks, sights, attractions and helpful information for a successful school trip to Rochester can be found here.
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Departure towards Rotterdam. Take the night ferry towards England.
ARRIVAL IN ROCHESTER: First walking tour after checking in. With a guided tour will get to know the town better.
ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL: A visit to Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest cathedral in England is free and very impressive. The comfortable tea-room of the cathedral is highly recommended. There is also a multimedia show with shipwrecks of the battle of Medway as well as a separate Charles Dickens exhibition in the Guildhall Museum.
ROCHESTER CASTLE: The keep is accessible and offers a fantastic view over the cathedral and the oldtown.
CHATHAM: In the afternoon you can discover the historic dockyards in Chatham and learn about everything maritime.
GUIDED TOUR: On a guided walking tour you can discover this venerable university town. Find out which Nobel Prize winners studied here.
CAMBRIDGE: The town got its name from the stream Cam. Try out punting in a flat boat and mix with the local students in the parks and cafés. Try and find the oldest bookshop and follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps in the famous botanical gardens of the university. Enjoy a great view from the tower of the Great St. Mary`s church.
COLLEGES: 31 Colleges make up the campus, of which King's College is the most famous. Trinity college was founded by Heinrich VIII and St. John's impresses with its covered bridge of sighs. Any visits to the colleges are only allowed with guided tours and only outside of exam times.
CANTERBURY: Canterbury is home of the Anglican church. This breath-taking cathedral is part of UNESCO World Heritage sits amidst the medieval lanes. Enjoy the flair of this beautiful city. Find out more about the archbishop Thomas Becket and the poet Christopher Marlow and read the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
LEEDS CASTLE: The loveliest castle of England. The large garden lends itself to a wonderful walk. Find a way out of the labyrinth.
A visit to the capitol of England is a must.
GUIDED TOUR: Many attractions can be spotted on a guided walk or guided tour like Buckingham Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge and so many more. Sometimes it is more convenient to use public transport to reach trendy areas like Camden Market and Carnaby Street
BOAT TOUR: A boat tour will take you past the most important historical sights. Along the shore of the river Thames you can spot the Globe Theatre, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye.
Departure in the evening towards home.
Arrival at home in the morning
EXCURSIONS AROUND ROCHESTER
- Audley End House & Gardens – an elegant house built in the Jacobean style
- Bury St Edmunds – beautiful gardens, impressive cathedral, and a famous brewery
- Cambridge United Football Club – one of the biggest stadiums of the region
- London – multifaceted city
- Kimbolton Castle – Kathrine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, is said to haunt this castle
- Norwich – biggest monastery in Europe
- Oliver Cromwell's House – the family home of the Cromwell’s
- University Botanical garden – more than 8000 different species of plants in over 40 hectares
- Chatham Dockyards – Maritime museum situated in a former Royal wharf
- Hever Castle – romantic castle in the South East of England. Famous for its rose garden.