HMS Gannet

48 Hours in Medway

WELCOME TO MEDWAY

With history dating back centuries, there is so much to see and do in Medway.  Here we will take you on a whistle stop tour to see some of our most treasured assets from iconic landmarks to the hidden gems tucked away just waiting to be discovered.

We start in historic Rochester a place cherished by the great British author Charles Dickens and featured in his works.  Explore the stunning Rochester Cathedral one of the oldest in the country standing proudly next to the towering Norman keep of Rochester Castle.

In Chatham we discover how the dockyard became one of the most important ship building industry in the area and get a chance to discover the area's military connections at the Royal Engineers Museum.

Don't forget to visit the museums' in Rochester and learn about the area's history dating back centuries and learn about the people that visited and made the place their home.

Now it's time to explore....

DAY ONE

Rochester Cathedra
This morning we start at the cathedral has been a place of worship and prayer since 604AD and predates the impressive castle.  Inside we can discover the medieval crypt and admire the stunning architecture and wall-paintings including the Baptism Fresco dedicated in 2004.

The cathedral is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 1pm. 

Rochester Cathedral Fresco

Six Poor Travellers House

Six Poor Travellers House
Just around the corner from the cathedral is the Tudor charity house founded by the Elizabethan MP Richard Watts to provide board and lodgings for six poor travellers and continued to do so right up to the Second World War.

The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens' Christmas short story entitled The Seven Poor Travellers.

The house is open Mondays to Fridays, 11am to 4pm (closed 1-2pm for lunch).

Lunch
Now it's time to stop for some lunch.  Rochester has an excellent selection of places to eat and drink from quaint tea-rooms, value for money pub lunches to set-lunch menus at the various restaurants in town.

Guildhall Museum
We continue our tour in Rochester at The Guildhall Museum.  

Built in 1687, the museum is located in the heart of Rochester and is bursting with character and charm. It maintains its 17th century design with magnificent painted plaster ceilings and large decorative oil paintings. 

The museum is free to enter and a great place to discover over 2,000 years of local history.

Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm.

 

Guildhall Museum (main chamber)

Huguenot Museum
Rochester is home to Britain’s very first museum of Huguenot history.  Explore the objects, which include oil paintings, silver, documents, silk samples and personal items tell the important story of Britain’s first refugees, the crafts, trades and skills they brought with them and the impact their contribution has had on the development of our country.  Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm with last admission 3.30pm. 

DAY TWO

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
We start our day off learning about 400-years of maritime history at one of Kent's leading visitor attractions. 

Take a fascinating tour of the ropery, explore the dockyard's Command of the Oceans exhibition and galleries.

From 1 August, Call the Midwife tours will recommence.  Pre-booking is required.

The dockyard is open daily, 10am to 4pm, but all visitors are required to pre-book their visit in advance.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Lunch
As you will need at least half a day at the dockyard, to make the most of your visit and stop for lunch at The Mess Deck restaurant where you will be served delicious locally sourced meals and sandwiches including the dockyard's renowned traditional 'fish and chips'.

The Royal Engineers Museum
We continue with our military and maritime theme by visiting The Royal Engineers Museum has always been on the frontline, building bridges and protecting our nation. Explore the galleries, learn about the famous military men in history from 1066 to the present day.

Open from 15 August, all visitors must pre-book their visit in advance.

Royal Engineers Museum

Covid-19:
In line with government's advice as from the 8 August, face coverings are required to be worn when visiting museums and you be asked to provide your contact details for the NHS Test and Trace scheme.  It is advisable to check with the attractions you wish to visit in advance as you may need to pre-book your visit in advance!