Towns & Villages
Chatham is fascinating maritime destination with a history stretching back over 400 years. Famous seafarers Hawkins, Drake, Nelson and Gillingham born Will Adams would have known the area well. Always fearing invasion, Henry VIII constructed a dockyard at Chatham, now a major visitor attraction in Medway known as The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
The great British author, Charles Dickens moved to Chatham at the age of five when his father John Dickens worked in the Royal Navy pay office at the dockyard. The next seven years of Charles’ life were spent exploring the docks, Georgian Chatham and accompanying his father on long walks in the surrounding countryside.
Within a stones throw of the Dockyard, the town’s military connections are evident. During the Napoleonic times Fort Amherst was built to defend the Royal Dockyard from landward invasion and was used right up to the Second World War. A military base is still at Brompton Barracks and the stories of heroism and bravery can be discovered at Kent’s only designated museum of national importance The Royal Engineers Museum.
In a picturesque village on the opposite bank of the River Medway stands Upnor Castle. The castle was built to protect Queen Elizabeth’s 1’s warships and the naval dockyard.
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Located in the heart of Chatham town centre, this beautiful 965-seat venue is already home to a...0.11 miles away
Formerly Chatham Town Hall, The Brook Theatre is a hive of entertainment, activity and learning.0.26 miles away
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Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of Charles Dickens.0.78 miles away
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Consecrated in AD604, the present building dates from 1080. A blend of Norman and Gothic...0.94 miles away
Oare Gunpowder Works - Gunpowder was manufactured at Oare for several centuries on a site that has...0.97 miles away
Discover the history of Medway from pre-historic times to the present day at the Guildhall Museum...1.05 miles away
One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall. Good...1.05 miles away
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This attractive, turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area that is backed by rolling,...1.7 miles away
A 13th century great chamber, on a vaulted undercroft, of a manor house of the Knights Templar.1.72 miles away
Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities...2.08 miles away
Chatham Ski Centre has the longest artificial slope in the South East and is the premier...2.45 miles away