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Discover over 400 years of maritime heritage.

At the heart of Medway is Chatham - a diverse maritime destination with a rich history stretching back more than 400 years.

Maritime History

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, was the birthplace of many famous ships including Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Once one of the most importance naval dockyards in the country, it is now the most complete dockyard of the age of sail to survive in the world.

Military Defences

Chatham is overlooked by Fort Amherst. This is Britain's best example of a Napoleonic Fortress and is of international historical importance. It was built to protect the former Royal Dockyard at Chatham from land-based attacks.


Chatham is the largest town centre for shopping in Medway. It has a fully pedestrianised High Street and the Pentagon Shopping Centre, where many leading brand names can be found. Medway's bus routes pass through Chatham's Waterfront Bus Station, and the railway station is within easy walking distance from the High Street.

Chatham Intra 

Located at the intersection of Chatham and Rochester High Streets, The Old High Street Intra has a bustling heart and a rich and important place in Medway’s history. Full of character, The Old High Street Intra has a multitude of small, independent shops and eateries, many of which still retain original Georgian features and sell a wide range of goods and dishes from numerous cuisines.  For more details on Chatham Intra, click here.

Chatham Maritime

Chatham Maritime is situated adjacent to The Historic Dockyard Chatham and has an attractive waterfront setting, complete with marina, restaurants, cinema, Dockside Outlet Centre, and The Copper Rivet Distillery.

Regular buses operate from Chatham Waterfront Bus Station to Dockside Outlet Centre.


The Brook and Central Theatres in Chatham provide a host of national touring shows and local amateur productions alike.  The Brook Theatre is also a thriving arts centre offering professional theatre, community productions and performances (currently closed due to major refurbishment works being undertaken).  


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