10 Reasons to visit

Medway is a diverse and exciting destination with so much to see and do. It is steeped in history and rich in military and maritime heritage. Here's 10 reasons why a visit to Medway is a must.

  1. History and Heritage 
    Discover Medway’s history and heritage by visiting some of the most fascinating attractions that are just waiting to be explored.  Explore more than 1,000 years of history in Rochester with a visit to the castle, cathedral, the historic houses and museums. The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Royal Engineers Museum offer an insight into the area’s military and maritime past.

  2. River and Waterways
    The River Medway has long been recognised as one of Britain’s most important for leisure activities and has a fascinating and illustrious maritime heritage.  The River Festival is just one of the many festivals and events that that take place along Chatham Waterfront.  If you want to experience the river close up try a river trip onboard the Edith May Thames sailing barge or the exciting new rapid Jetstream boat experience.

  3. Dickensian Medway  
    Medway’s most famous resident was the great British author, Charles Dickens. Visit the places that were an inspiration to the author in his works and experience more than just Dickens at the twice-yearly Dickens festivals in Rochester.

  4. Free festivals and events
    Come and enjoy over 30 days of free festivals and events in Medway. The calendar includes the Chinese New Year with colourful celebrations; the English festival, the traditional May Day celebrations at the Rochester Sweeps festival, twice-yearly Dickens festivals, open-air theatre productions at the castles and the river festival to name just a few.

  5. Major Sporting Events
    Medway is developing a strong reputation for hosting international, national and regional major sporting events and competitions. Medway’s flagship centre of sporting excellence can be found at Medway Park in Gillingham where you can enjoy top-class sporting facilities.  

  6. Beautiful green spaces
    The breath taking landscapes and spectacular wildlife of the North Kent Marshes are an essential visit to Medway. For nature lovers explore the walking and cycling trails at Capstone and Riverside country parks or enjoy the 18-mile circular Heron Trail cycle route that passes through the RSPB nature reserves on the Hoo Peninsula.  The Strand Leisure Park in Gillingham is popular with families throughout the year.

  7. Vibrant music scene
    Medway hosts a series of open-air music performances each year at Rochester Castle, from pop, folk, soul and classical. As well as local bands and singers performing all genres of music across Medway.  

  8. Culture Quarter
    Enjoy a wide variety of arts, crafts, literary festivals and touring exhibitions at the wide variety of Art galleries and studios found across Medway.

  9. Business and enterprise
    For business, Medway is an ideal base to host a conference, workshop or exhibition.  It is an excellent location for business due to its proximity to London and Channel ports and Eurotunnel.  

  10. Easy to get to
    Medway is only 30 miles from London and 40 miles from the Channel ports and Eurotunnel. Getting to and around Medway couldn’t be easier by road or rail has the area has excellent public transport links. The high-speed train from London St. Pancras International Station takes just 35 minutes to reach Medway. 

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