Medway Towns

Type:Towns & Villages

Kent, ME1 1LX


Relax and enjoy the sensational historic capital in Maritime Kent, encompassing Rochester and Chatham. 

Retreat and let down your defences in the fantastic surroundings of the ancient city of Rochester, home to England’s second oldest cathedral standing proudly next to its inseparable twin Rochester Castle.

Rochester boosts a variety of antique shops, restaurants, tea rooms and has a wealth of buildings of great architectural and historic interest. These include the impressive 17th century Guildhall Museum with its excellent museum, Restoration House, an imposing red brick mansion beautifully restored to its original splendour.

The novelist Charles Dickens lived in the area and included the city in his works.  Step into the heart of Chatham’s legendary ship building heritage with a visit to the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Return to the ‘Age of Sail’, when the Dockyard built mighty ships that won command of the world’s oceans. 

Set in tranquil grounds adjoining a riverside village, this rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort was begun in 1559 and redeveloped in 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor you will find Upnor Castle.

The Royal Engineers Museum with exhibits of national and international importance, and ‘Kingswear Castle’ the last coal-fired paddle steamer remaining in service in Britain. No trip to Medway will be complete without a visit to our superb collection of heritage attractions and of course, experiencing the atmosphere of our colourful and lively festivals.

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  1. The Historic Dockyard Chatham

    Explore Chatham's shipbuilding legacy at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Step back to the…

    0.04 miles away
  2. Royal Engineers Museum

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II,…

    0.42 miles away
  3. The Brook Theatre

    Formerly Chatham Town Hall, The Brook Theatre is a hive of entertainment, activity and…

    0.64 miles away
  1. The Central Theatre

    Located in the heart of Chatham town centre, this beautiful 965-seat venue is already…

    0.82 miles away
  2. Upnor Castle

    This attractive, turreted castle is set in a picturesque village area that is backed by…

    0.83 miles away
  3. Oare Gunpowder Works County Park

    Oare Gunpowder Works - Gunpowder was manufactured at Oare for several centuries on a site…

    0.91 miles away
  4. Eastgate House

    Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of…

    1.02 miles away
  5. Rochester Cathedral

    Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral in England having been founded in AD…

    1.07 miles away
  6. Guildhall Museum

    Discover the history of Medway from pre-historic times to the present day at the…

    1.07 miles away
  7. Rochester Castle

    One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall…

    1.15 miles away
  8. St Peter's Church Sandwich

    St Peter's Church Sandwich

    1.16 miles away
  9. Temple Manor

    A 13th century great chamber, on a vaulted undercroft, of a manor house of the Knights…

    1.86 miles away
  10. Capstone Farm Country Park

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful…

    2.69 miles away
  11. Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre

    Chatham Ski Centre has the longest artificial slope in the South East and is the premier…

    3.03 miles away
  12. Riverside Country Park

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside…

    3.06 miles away
  13. St James' Church

    St James' Church dates from the late 13th century. No evidence of an earlier building…

    4.23 miles away
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