The Dutch are Coming!

10 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

Upnor Castle has long marked the anniversary of the Dutch invasion, by staging an annual historical re-enactment weekend.

Members of Sir Marmaduke Rawdon’s Regiment of Foote will once again delight, entertain and educate visitors,  bringing the castle to life with a living history encampment.

The Dutch are Coming! is a family-friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the English fleet at anchor. Visitors will be able to hear the stories and learn the tactics that led to the raid, resulting in the capture of the HMS Royal Charles and other ships moored at Chatham being burnt.

Living history activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend, including a blacksmith, canon displays, cooking, drill displays, weaving and children’s drill fun.

Battle of Medway Shuttle Service - 9-11 and 16-18 June 2017

During the weekends of 9-11 and 16-18 June a shuttle service will operate from Historic Rochester to Upnor Castle and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. 

Fares are £3 for adults / £2 for child and OAPS.  

This service departs Rochester's Visitor Information Centre every hour from 10:30 and is estimated to arrive at Upnor Village at 10:45, 11:45, 12:45: 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45 and 17:45.  The all day hop-on/off ticket is available on the bus from the driver.



(all images copyright @ Rawdon's)


  • Coaches welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
  • Restaurant / cafe / tea shop / catering facilities
  • Shop