St John’s Jerusalem – A tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel, set in the Darenth Valley, the rare surviving chapel is the only remaining structure of the Preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, formed in 1113. The chapel is adjacent to a now privately occupied and much altered house, dating from the 16th century. The preceptory is thought to have gone out of use by 1338, after which time it was used as a residence. Among its later occupants were Abraham Hill, a founder of the Royal Society, and the historian Edward Hasted. The chapel and tranquil gardens are surrounded by a moat, one arm of which is the River Darenth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-johns-jerusalem
Rochester – Founded in 604, Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest in England and has been a place of worship and prayer for centuries. Just across the road from the cathedral is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the country. Rochester Castle has a chequered history, having been subject to siege three times and partly demolished by King John in 1215. Visitors can discover the history of the Medway area from pre-historic times to the present day at the Guildhall Museum in Rochester. Here you can witness the terrible conditions endured by the Napoleonic prisoners in the Hulks Experience and learn about the life and times of Charles Dickens. Click here for more information.