Medway is a vibrant, thriving destination offering enriching experiences with many stories to tell. It is a place steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage with Rochester's splendid castle and cathedral and, in Chatham, a prospective World Heritage Site.
What's on Offer
Whether you are looking for relaxation or recreation, the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife spectacle of the North Kent Marshes will be an essential part of any visit to Medway. These expansive marshes and the historic city of Rochester have been immortalised by the work of Charles Dickens. Today visitors to Rochester can see the buildings that were an inspiration to the author and follow in the footsteps of Dickens' on a self-guided walking trail. Leaflet with map is available from the Visitor Information Centre.
Places to Visit
There is so much to see and do in Medway, you will be spoilt for choice! Visit Rochester Castle; Rochester Cathedral; The Guildhall Museum; The Six Poor Travellers House; Restoration House and Gardens; The Historic Dockyard Chatham; Dickens World; The Royal Engineers Museum; and river trips aboard The Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer.
Experience some big names from the music scene in an intimate setting that promises you a night to remember at Rochester Castle Concerts. Enjoy our colourful and lively festivals and events taking place throughout the year in Medway. For more information www.visitmedway.org
For those seeking a spot of retail therapy, Medway's shopping offer ranges from historic high streets and traditional town centres to modern indoor shopping complexes.
You're sure to work up a healthy appetite exploring all that Medway has to offer. Rochester is blessed with an array of outstanding restaurants and cafes offering a warm welcome and top quality food. If you prefer to dine by the waterfront, Chatham Maritime is the place for you. Enjoy a taste of millionaire lifestyle as you feast overlooking an attractive marina. Picturesque villages in rural Medway offer some splendid family-run pubs specialising in local dishes and Kentish produce. Beer lovers look out for local ales produced by The Historic Dockyard's own Nelson Brewery.
Whatever your taste or budget, you will find accommodation to suit you in Medway. Whether you are looking for a self-catering home or cottage in the countryside, a cosy bed and breakfast or inn with a friendly service, or a contemporary luxury hotel with leisure facilities - you are sure to find the right place here. For availability and advice on where to stay call 01634 338141 or visit www.visitmedway.org
Getting to Medway couldn't be easier; whether you come by car or public transport. Medway is only 30 miles from central London and 40 miles from the Channel Ports and Eurotunnel.
Medway has five main rail stations: Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham. All have frequent services from London Victoria and Charing Cross. High-speed trains also link Medway to London's St. Pancras International in just 35 minutes.
The Channel Ports and Eurotunnel are only one hour away.
Medway is just over an hour's drive from London's Heathrow and can be reached in an hour from Gatwick and Stansted.