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ChathamUnited Kingdom

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

Bridgewood Manor
Bridgewood Manor
4 out of 5
The price is RM271 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

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! (560 reviews)

"Hotel a bit out dated. Clean and tidy and room comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Bridgewood Manor
Ship & Trades
Ship & Trades
4 out of 5
The price is RM458 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (394 reviews)

"We liked the position of the hotel being near the waterway. It was quirky with the ship/ boat theme. Comfortable and clean with amenities close by."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Ship & Trades
The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
3 out of 5
15 New Road, Chatham, England
The price is RM295 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (90 reviews)

"Nice hotel and nice staff"…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

The Charles Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Chatham

Cedar Villa
Cedar Villa
4 out of 5

Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Chatham Naval Memorial and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Capstone Farm Country ...

Cedar Villa
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 ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Really good location clean tidy and comfortable accommodation Would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2019

The Wharf Medway
Luxury Apartment Watersmeet
Luxury Apartment Watersmeet
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Historic Dockyard Chatham, Royal Engineers Museum and Fort Amherst. Brook Theatre and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)

"Lovely place to stay for work. Will definitely be recommending to colleagues"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Luxury Apartment Watersmeet
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.

Popular places to visit 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.

Adventure Island
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Adventure Island

4/5(37 reviews)

Home to some of Britain’s most exciting amusement rides, including the infamous Rage rollercoaster, this theme park has attractions for all ages and budgets.

Top things to do in Chatham

Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch
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Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch

RM2,748
Per adult
Chartwell - The Home of Winston Churchill. A Private Tour
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Chartwell - The Home of Winston Churchill. A Private Tour

RM1,624
Per adult
Private Day Tour to Stunning Leeds Castle, Kent, England
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Private Day Tour to Stunning Leeds Castle, Kent, England

RM1,997
Per adult
Private Tour to Charles Darwin's Victorian Down House
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Private Tour to Charles Darwin's Victorian Down House

RM1,294
Per adult
Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent
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Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent

RM220
Per adult
Private Tour Tilbury/London: the garden at 120 – Greenwich area – Borough market
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Private Tour Tilbury/London: the garden at 120 – Greenwich area – Borough market

RM1,293
Per adult

Reviews of Chatham

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 16.923076923076923%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.61538461538461%
3 - Okay
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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.

Rochester

Rochester

Leeds Castle which includes chateau or palace, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Maidstone