Strood Rural Councillors Celebrate Rochester Cathedral Visitor Numbers Being 'Out of This World'!

Rochester Cathedral has had its busiest year on record with a record breaking over 283,000 people visiting the Cathedral in 2019 (an increase of 23% on 2018). This is of course fantastic news for Medway, and it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying and engaging with what our local treasures have to offer.

Pictured above, Councillors Turpin, Williams and Etheridge were also delighted to visit the Cathedral's latest attraction, the Museum of the Moon - for more information on this event visit the website here.

Cllr. Elizabeth Turpin said, “In 2020, Rochester Cathedral is going to continue to hold a number of high profile events, which has already included a free educational initiative, which attracted over 31,000 people. Last September, the Cathedral displayed the fabulous Knife Angel, a national monument against knife violence and aggression which attracted over 44,000 visitors in just 28 days”

Cllr. John Williams said, “Like many residents of the Medway Towns, I’m aware of a number of exciting programme of events being offered this year at the Cathedral. We should feel extremely privileged in attracting such displays as the Knife Angel and now the Museum of the Moon. Rochester Cathedral (Kent) is England’s second oldest Cathedral. It was founded in 604 AD, with the present building dating back to 1080. The glorious architecture and close connection to Charles Dickens make it a fascinating and inspirational place to visit”.

Cllr. Gary Etheridge added, “We were informed that thousands of visitors had already visited to view this incredible artwork. I understand that when it leaves here, it’s going on International Tour. It was quite incredible the number of adults and children who had their photographs taken, at various angles showing them as holding the exhibit in their hands. I’m positive that the Cathedral will continue to build on its success in attracting new visitors throughout the year.”