The Six Poor Travellers’ House
The museum is closed for maintenance work until further notice - January 2024
Having never visited Rochester, we were delighted to find it was an absolute gem. We spent two days exploring the Castle and Cathedral, the Guildhall Museum and Restoration House. However my lasting memory of Rochester will be our impromptu visit to the Tudor 6 Poor Travellers’ House on the beautiful High Street. It is free and the story behind it is fantastic for not only did Richard Watt provide free food, drink and accommodation to 6 different Tudor travellers for one night but sent them away the next morning with 4d in their pockets. His charitable works are still being felt to this day. Liz one of the curators gave us such a wonderful insight into the ongoing work of this amazing man. A beautiful little museum and so worth the donation.
Trip Advisor, Aug 2022
This house was truly interesting. The guide told us about the founding patron and some of the buildings history but the info boards tell a much deeper story. Our friends live just outside Rochester and despite walking past the building many times over many years had never previously been inside. As visitors to the area we followed them in and for the next 45 minutes were amazed at the generosity of the patron and how many years the facility was operational. A gem with wonderful hosts.
Trip Advisor, July 2022
Update July 2023
"The Six Poor Travellers' House will be closed until further notice for essential maintenance work
This Grade One listed building is no longer used as an almshouse. The accommodation on the upper floors is occupied by the Custodian and the ground floor has been converted into a museum for all to visit.
See the History page for more information about The Six Poor Travellers' House.
Address: The Six Poor Travellers’ House
97 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX
Telephone: 01634 849861 during opening times only
Entrance to the house is free although donations are welcome and will go towards the upkeep of the house and gardens.
The house is closed during the winter months but for special arrangements to visit and group bookings please contact the Custodian.
The house has restricted access and is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. The house is a Grade One listed building of historic and architectural importance; it is not possible to make it accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs without compromising the architecture. The house has been added to over the centuries and has many steps and differing levels. People with limited mobility are asked to bear this in mind if planning to visit.
Please respect the privacy and property of the Custodian.