Rochester Castle Concerts shot from stage with crowd and castle behind
Upnor Castle
Medieval Merriment event at Rochester Castle characters and children with props

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 & Heritage
Discover Medway’s history and heritage by visiting some of the most fascinating attractions that are just waiting to explored at Rochester and Chatham.

2. The Open Water
What better way to enjoy Medway than from the river? 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.  

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.

4. Festivals and events
Come and enjoy over 30 days of free festivals and events. The calendar includes the Chinese New Year, English festival, Rochester Sweeps and twice-yearly Dickens festivals.

5. Experience Medway
Alpaca trekking, go karting, zoos, birds of prey, adrenaline-fuelled river trips, trampoline parks, laser quest arenas, escape rooms and a construction-themed adventure park. Make memories and experience something new in Medway. 

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 or Riverside country parks and RSPB nature reserves.  

7. Theatres
Medway's theatres regularly attract some of the biggest names in comedy, dance and drama. Check out the What's On section for the latest big shows coming to Medway.

8. Creative Medway
Medway has a thriving creative and cultural programme and is bidding to be the UK City of Culture 2025. From public art installations, galleries and exhibitions to arts festivals and gaming events, there is a wealth of artistic activities to get your creative teeth into. 

9. Major Sporting Events
Come and explore major national, international major sporting events and competitions at Medway Park, Medway's flagship centre of sporting excellence. 

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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