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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.

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.

From castles, cathedrals, museums and galleries to family attractions, events and festivals, beautiful riverside walks and natural adventures galore, Medway is the perfect place to spend time together.  

Close to London and within easy reach of many of Kent's other attractions and famous beaches, Medway takes its name from the magnificent river that flows through its heart.

New and Old

Individually, Medway’s towns have their own unique identity and place in history – in particular Rochester with its iconic castle and cathedral and connections to Charles Dickens, and Chatham with its maritime and military heritage and defences.

With seven award winning parks, 70 miles of cycle routes and three nature reserves, you will certainly lose yourself in the beautiful countryside that Medway has to offer.

Medway also has a thriving cultural and creative scene. From art galleries and exhibitions to creative festivals, make sure your visit takes in our cultural gems and immerse yourself in the creative talents of local artists.

Food, families and fun

Medway boasts a grain to glass gin distillery, where tours can be booked allowing you to delve into the rich history of the Royal Dockyard. There are also micro-breweries, numerous gastro eateries, a range of waterfront dining options as well as food and drink festivals.

There are farmers markets, shopping centres and a range of charming contemporary shops that line Rochester’s cobbled high street. Not to mention escape rooms, a ski slope, laser tag arena, trampoline parks, a JCB digger-themed adventure park and a range of water sports. Plus, the ever-popular Call the Midwife tour, which is a must for any fan.

The area is also the South East’s festival and events capital. From bustling street festivals, theatre performances and exhibitions to major international sporting events at Medway Park, Medway hosts several festivals and events each year. 

All of this, coupled with a history that includes the burning of pig fat during a siege of Rochester Castle, the British fleet engulfed in flames on the River Medway and the inspiration behind Charles Dickens’ greatest characters, makes Medway one of England’s top places to visit.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.


  • Historic Rochester

    Historic Rochester, with its Norman castle was a place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author.  To learn more, visit the Rochester page.



  • Chatham

    At the heart of Medway is Chatham - a diverse maritime destination with a rich history stretching back more that 400 years.  To learn more, visit the Chatham page.


  • Chatham Intra

    Where Chatham meets Rochester. Medway’s Creative Heritage Quarter – the Old High Street Intra - also forms a vibrant link between Rochester and Chatham.

  • Gillingham

    Gillingham is home to the Royal Engineers' and birthplace of the Elizabethan seafarer, William Adams. To learn more, visit the Gillingham page.

  • Strood

    Strood is situated on the northwest side of the River Medway and home to Temple Manor, a 13th century lodging house used by the Knights Templars.  To learn more, visit the Strood page.

  • Rainham

    Rainham is a thriving town centre that serves the local community and its skyline dominated by the elegant St. Margaret's Church.  To learn more, visit the Rainham page.

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