The Six Poor Travellers’ House

Six Poor Travellers House and garden is a lovely little museum, a hidden gem, bursting at the seams with stories. From the moment I knocked on the door I was made to feel welcome by Elizabeth, the lovely custodian and curator. She is tremendously knowledgeable, hospitable and warm, continuing the tradition of the house’s founder, Richard Watts (a remarkable philanthropist). I learned so much, about travel restrictions in Tudor Britain, domestic architecture and customs, and over 300 years of charity (with a bit of crime & punishment thrown in). Do go – you will not be disappointed.

Trip Advisor, April 19

Some very interesting artefacts inside; Full of interesting information about the history of Rochester. Lovely Tudor building, and a beautiful garden. The staff are very friendly as well!!

Trip Advisor, April 19

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.


Due to Coronavirus we are limiting visitor numbers to a maximum of six people in the museum at any one time and all visitors must wear face masks or they will be refused entry. In addition, strict social distancing must be maintained. 

Opening times are:
Wednesday to Sunday
11am to 1pm

2pm to 4pm

Last entry 3.45pm


Entrance to the house is free, although donations are welcome.

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.



The Six Poor Travellers’ House

97 High Street





01634 823117 during opening times only

During the winter months the house is closed for maintenance but opens over some weekends.


Please bear in mind that access is limited and is unsuitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Please respect the privacy and property of the Custodian. Please don't bring food or drink into the house.

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