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Chatham

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.

Top hotels in Chatham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bridgewood Manor
Bridgewood Manor
4 out of 5

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (537 reviews)

"Pleasant stay for function, good meal & friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Bridgewood Manor
Ship & Trades
Ship & Trades
4 out of 5

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! (381 reviews)

"We had a very nice time, the food was really nice and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Shame about the weather! We are staying again this weekend."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Ship & Trades
Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham
Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham
4 out of 5

Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Buckmore Park Karting and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Brook Theatre. Historic Dockyard Chatham and Restoration ...

3.8/5Good! (419 reviews)

"I particularly appreciated the swimming pool and the kind courteous staff."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Rochester Chatham

Popular things to do in Chatham

Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Historic Dockyard Chatham

4/5(22 reviews)

Climb aboard an English battleship and go back in time to the Age of Sail at Chatham’s informative and interactive dockyard time capsule.

Leeds Castle
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Leeds Castle

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Visit this grand castle on an island in a lake to see rooms decorated in medieval style, picnic in serene grounds and enjoy entertainment for all the family.

Bluewater Shopping Centre
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Bluewater Shopping Centre

4.5/5(29 reviews)

One of the largest shopping malls in Europe has seemingly endless options for entertainment, events and adventure for all the family.

Top activities in Chatham

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich Full-Day Tour with River Cruise
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich Full-Day Tour with River Cruise

84% of travellers recommend
RM551
Per adult
Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Greenwich & Dover with River Cruise & Lunch
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Greenwich & Dover with River Cruise & Lunch

78% of travellers recommend
RM505
Per adult
Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch
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Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch

RM392
Per adult
Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent
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Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent

RM217
Per adult
Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Tour
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Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Tour

RM148
Per adult
Operation city Quest of United Kingdom
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Operation city Quest of United Kingdom

RM41
Per adult

Reviews of Chatham

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
11
5 - Excellent 16.923076923076923%
4 - Good
29
4 - Good 44.61538461538461%
3 - Okay
20
3 - Okay 30.76923076923077%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 6.153846153846154%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.5384615384615385%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Nice town. Went into the high street for dinner on two ocassions. Definitely recommend a visit.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

I went to Chatham to visit the Historic Dock yard and Rochester Cathedral and Castle. These were all interesting, although it was raining on the second day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

All good thanks

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

Chatham is very quiet and there were large supermarket near to where we were staying which was a bonus.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Aug 2019

Rochester is a better alternative to Chatham, much more vibrant place with good transport links, cathedral and castle and some good bars and restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Aug 2019

Chatham was ok but not half as nice as Rochester which was what we came for.