Medway is a vibrant destination offering enlightening experiences rich in maritime heritage. The area is in North Kent, just 35 minutes by train from London and the same distance from the Channel ports.
The ancient cathedral city of Rochester, with its Norman castle was a place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author. With history dating back centuries, there is so much to see and do in the city itself. Explore the stunning Rochester Cathedral, founded in 604 and the second oldest in England. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of one of the tallest keeps in the Country at the magnificent Rochester Castle. The story of Rochester and the development of Medway is told wonderfully at the Guildhall Museum.
The cobbled streets brings old world charm to the many cafes, restaurants and bars that populate the main high street. Don't take a trip to Rochester without taking afternoon tea at one of the many tea rooms or browsing for hidden treasures in the many independent boutiques.
Chatham is a fascinating maritime destination with a history stretching back more than 400 years. The great naval dockyard in Chatham produced many famous ships, including Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Set in 32 hectares (80 acres), this wonderfully preserved site, now The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is a maritime destination with numerous galleries and attractions to explore.
Just across from the Dockyard is the Dockside Outlet Centre; what better way to pass the time by experiencing designer shopping by the water's edge with discounted stores selling famous leading brands all under one roof. If you are in need of refreshment after all that retail therapy you can relax and enjoy some delicious food at one of the many restaurants as you watch the boats bob by on the River Medway. A large multiplex cinema is also close by so there is no excuse for missing the latest blockbuster.
Gillingham is an important retail centre serving the local community and has a twice weekly market which is ideal for the bargain hunters to wander around. It is also home to Medway (and Kent's) only football league team the 'Gills'. The 'Gills' play their home matches at Priestfield Stadium. The town has strong maritime and military connections with the nearby Historic Dockyard Chatham and Royal Engineers barrack based in the town.
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