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Chatham

Travel Guide
Historic Dockyard Chatham which includes a marina and boating

This scenic town on the River Medway is a place that launched a thousand ships. Its naval dockyard holds four centuries of exciting maritime history.

For centuries, Chatham’s crucial position on the River Medway halfway between London and the English Channel has made it a prized location. From the 16th to the 20th century, Chatham was a busy dockyard town, producing ships, submarines and sailing equipment in times of war and discovery. This strategic town is located in a picturesque valley along the line of a route used by the ancient Celts.

Defensive fortifications such as Fort Amherst were built to protect the town against the increasing threat of French invasion in the mid-1700s. Get spooked on a Friday night ghost tour of the historic fort’s dark and winding passageways or visit its rolling green Parkland Grounds open every day for free. Hear the mighty bang of cannon fire from the barracks on Sundays.

The Historic Dockyard of Chatham is located just north of the town center and showcases the rich maritime history of the town and the River Medway. Once the lifeblood of the town, the dockyard contains a fascinating selection of maritime artifacts and personal accounts of life in the Age of Sail. Climb aboard two preserved warships and go below the decks of a Cold War submarine.

Visit the Great Lines Heritage Park, a vast green area in the heart of the Medway, with its distinctive Naval Memorial tower easily visible from Chatham town. Follow one of the tree-lined cycling and walking tracks to meander around the park and see families flying kites in the open grassland.

Chatham is the hub of the towns in the Medway area, so it is easily accessible by car or bus. High-speed trains connect Chatham with London and local trains serve the wider Kent area. Chatham has a seaside climate with warmer summers and cool coastal winds and rain in the colder months. Be sure to have your appropriate “brolly and wellies” (umbrella and boots), just in case the weather turns at any time of year.

Bridgewood Manor
Bridgewood Manor
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$109 per night from 5 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral and Kent Life. Historic Dockyard Chatham and Leeds Castle ...
4.1/5Very Good! (612 reviews)
"This is a great hotel, which meets the needs for guests with the added bonus of a pool, sauna and steam room. The breakfast was good"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Bridgewood Manor
Ship & Trades
Ship & Trades
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$186 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Situated on the riverfront, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Engineers Museum and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Brook Theatre are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (407 reviews)
"Fantastic surroundings , to wake up with the room view I had fantastic. The staff here are great very welcoming and helpful will certainly come here again !!"

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

Ship & Trades
Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham
Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$116 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Buckmore Park Karting, Capstone Farm Country Park and Brook Theatre. Historic Dockyard Chatham ...
3.8/5Good! (473 reviews)
"Breakfast was ok, Disabled parking was not near the entrance you go to. Slight problem with the hook on the bathroom door it fell off trying to put a towel on it."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
50 Beaconsfield Rd, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Brook Theatre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort ...
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
10 New Rd Ave, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are ...
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
25 The Wharf, Dock Head Road, Chatham, England
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2020

The Wharf Medway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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