Welcome to Medway

Rochester, Chatham & Gillingham

Medway is one of the south-east’s most aspiring and developing destinations, marrying its celebrated heritage with a rapidly emerging continental-style cultural scene.

It is ideally located, close to London and within easy reach of the channel ports. Medway takes its name from the magnificent river that flows through it and comprises of the three major towns of Rochester, Chatham, and Gillingham.

Individually, the towns have their own place in history and unique identity – in particular Rochester with its iconic castle and cathedral and connections to Charles Dickens, and Chatham with its maritime and military heritage and defences. Together, they provide a diverse and exciting shared story visitor experience.

The area is the south-east’s festival and events capital – hosting more than 30 days of free festivals and events each year.  From bustling street festivals, open air concerts and theatre performances to major international sporting events at Medway Park.   

Medway’s extensive regeneration programme has changed the area dramatically over the years.  This is most evident at Chatham Waterfront with the restoration of Sun Pier now allowing regular leisure sailings, events and festivals to take place and Chatham Maritime with its attractive marina, shopping and leisure development.

As you browse through this website, you will be amazed how much there is to see and do whatever your age or your passion. We look forward to welcoming you to Medway and helping you discover this maritime city in the making.