Restoration House

Type:Historic House / Palace

17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1RF

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Unique survival of an ancient city mansion deriving its name from the stay of Charles II on the eve of The Restoration. Beautiful interiors with exceptional early paintwork related to decorative scheme 'run up' for Charles' visit. The house also inspired Dickens to situate 'Miss Havisham' here. 'Interiors of rare historical resonance and poetry', Country Life. Fine English furniture and pictures (Mytens, Kneller, Dahl, Reynolds and several Gainsboroughs). Charming interlinked walled gardens of ingenious plan in a classic English style. A private gem. 'There is no finer pre-Civil war town house in England than this' - Simon Jenkins, The Times.

No stiletto heels. No photography in house. Suitablity for the Disabled: Garden by appointment. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: 1st, 2nd & 4th Thurs in month & other days by arrangement. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: None. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only.

Guide Prices

Adult £8.50 (includes 36 page illustrated guidebook)
Concession £7.50
Child £4.25
Groups +8 - Tours £11 per person




  • Disabled Accessibility


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

2020 Opening (28 May 2020 - 25 Sept 2020)
Thursday - Friday10:00 - 17:00

* Also open Saturday 13th June: 12:00 - 17:00
Photographers hour every Friday 10:00 - 11:00 during opening dates.
Tea Shop same opening times as house.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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