Medway is governed by Medway Borough Council and 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 cobbled streets of the cathedral city of Rochester, bring old world charm to the many cafes, restaurants and bars that populate the main high street. With history dating back centuries, Rochester was cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author. There is so much to see and do in the city itself; explore the stunning Rochester Cathedral or enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of one of the tallest keeps in the Country at the magnificent Rochester Castle.
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. Just across from the Dockyard is the Dockside Outlet Centre 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 or catch the latest blockbuster at the large multiplex cinema.
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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