Restoration House

Type:Historic House / Palace

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

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Fabled city mansion deriving its name from the stay of Charles II on the eve of The Restoration. This complex ancient house has beautiful interiors with exceptional early paintwork related to decorative scheme ‘run up’ for Charles’ visit. The house also inspired Dickens to create ‘Miss Havisham’ here. ‘Interiors of rare historical resonance and poetry’, Country Life. Fine English furniture and strong collection of English portraits (Mytens, Kneller, Dahl, Reynolds and several Gainsboroughs). Charming interlinked walled gardens and ongoing restoration of monumental Renaissance water garden A private gem. ‘There is no finer pre-civil war town house in England than this’ - Simon Jenkins, The Times. ‘Deserves a medal’ - Jools Holland. The Italian Garden now an astonishing reality with fountains, water railings, water cannons, antique and modern sculptures, oculus domed gazebo, grassed and gravelled walks and ponds. Arranged dramatically over three levels with all the walls raised from the archaeologically excavated footings this garden is a climax to the well established and much loved sequence of walled gardens.

Guide Prices

House and Garden: Adult £11/Concession £9 (40 page colour guide book included), Student/Art Fund £7.50, Child £5. Garden only: Adult £6. Tickets on the door on the day or advance booking online. Guided Tours only available some days in April, contact us directly to book




  • 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

Season (26 May 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
Thursday - FridayOpen

* Thursdays and Fridays only, 10-5.
Sat 4th June and 16th July only, 12-5.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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