The Six Poor Travellers’ House

Don't pass by, you'll miss a real little gem. The name The Six Poor Travellers' House was intriguing & the information inside explained its origin & purpose. Well displayed materials with audio commentary & the cheerful custodian ready to answer any questions. Also interesting was Charles Dickens literary description.

The courtyard garden was a riot of blue & yellow flowers reflecting Ukraine.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. The charity responsible for the house & other philanthropic activities continues the benevolence of its founder, Richard Watts, in the 16th century.

Trip Advisor, June 2022

A little piece of history, delightfully provided by imagery and text on the walls and the friendly and very helpful Custodian, who also took time out to tell us about what else to look out for in Rochester. An attractive garden as the rear, with herbaceous plants and flowers - in Ukranian colours when we visited - and a new sculpture - a bust of the charitable original owner.

I'll provide no spoilers, take a visit and find out about the fascinating purpose behind this house.


Entrance is free, but you'll help their charity if you make a donation.

Trip Advisor, June 2022

Normal opening times are:

From Easter to October

Wednesday to Sunday
11am to 1pm

2pm to 4pm

Last entry 3.45pm

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 month 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.