Fodor's Expert Review Rochester Cathedral
Augustine of Canterbury ordained the first English bishop in a small cathedral that stood on this site in the year 604. The current cathedral, England's second oldest, is a jumble of architectural styles. Much of the original Norman building from 1077 remains, including the striking west front, the highly carved portal, and the tympanum above the doorway. Some medieval art survives, including a 13th-century Wheel of Fortune on the choir walls; it's a reminder of how difficult medieval life was. Informative talks take place daily at 11:15 am and 12:15 pm; 20-minute highlights tours daily at 11:35 am and 12:35 pm. All are free. Check the website for special evening tours, including music and supper; they are around £48 per person.