Rochester Castle is an 11th-century Norman castle. This is the location of the Rochester Christmas Market in 2022. Built by one of William the Conqueror’s architects, there are few buildings like it anywhere. The Christmas market is a bustling event, welcoming visitors from the entire region.
Claiming to be the biggest Christmas market in Kent, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Focused on weekend entertainment with food, drinks, music, singing and plenty of Christmas shopping.
Rochester Christmas Market 2022
Note that the Christmas market in Rochester takes place over three weekends; it’s not a daily event.
Rochester Christmas Market dates: Weekends from Saturday 26th November to 11th December 2022.
Opening times: Friday: 12pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm (7pm on the 3rd and 4th December).
Location: Rochester Castle Gardens.
Reason to visit: The wonderful location in Rochester Castle Gardens and the Bavarian food village.
Specialities: Traditional mulled wine, German bratwurst sausages, roasted chestnuts and churros.
Where to stay: The Golden Lion Wetherspoon is located less 7 minutes from the Christmas market.
Hotels near Rochester Christmas Market
Rochester is a small town with most of its sights and attractions located around High Street.
There are only a couple of hotels in this area. I suggest staying at The Golden Lion Wetherspoon as it’s near the Christmas markets, the train station, shops and the city’s historic architecture and museums.
Location of Rochester Christmas Market
Rochester is one of many Christmas markets in the United Kingdom. Read my list of the best for more places to visit this winter. Discover where to go, things to do and the best ways to experience UK food, history and culture.
Visit Medway has information regarding events and the best ways to experience Rochester at Christmas, like the Dickensian Christmas Festival and Rochester Castle.
Sustainable Travel Tips
The choices we make have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. Try to implement these responsible travel measures when visiting the Christmas markets.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Be open to diverse cultures and experiences.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
Rochester Christmas Market starts on Saturday 26th November and continues each weekend until the 11th December 2022.
The Christmas market is held at Rochester Castle Gardens.
The Christmas market opens at 12pm on Fridays and 10am on the weekends.
The Christmas market closes at 8pm on Fridays and 6pm on the weekend (7pm on the 3rd and 4th December).
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