Shopping & Markets
Enthusiastic shoppers will find a mix of famous high street names alongside unique boutique and specialist shops in Medway.
Step back in time in historic Rochester, famous for its connections with the author, Charles Dickens. Rochester has maintained much of its Victorian charm and is packed with independent speciality shops where you can uncover unusual gifts or souvenirs to take home.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink, from quaint old-world hostelries to modern bistros, cafes and bars serving homemade dishes and lunches at great prices. On the third Sunday of each month you can buy seasonal products direct from farmers and producers at the Rochester Farmers' Market. Not to be missed, at the end of the year, get in the festive mood by visiting the Rochester Christmas Market at the castle.
Chatham is in the heart of Medway and the largest of its shopping town centres. The pedestrianised high street and The Pentagon Shopping Centre boasts hundreds of household and independent retailers. It is also home to MFA Bowl ten-pin bowling. The Central and Brook theatres in Chatham offer an exciting range of shows for all the family.
Getting to Chatham by public transport couldn't be easier. Chatham Waterfront Bus Station is right outside the Pentagon and regular bus services link Chatham to the other retail centres in Medway.
The town centres of Gillingham, Rainham and Strood are at the heart of the local community. Gillingham and Strood host twice-weekly markets.
Popular retailers and a wide range of different eateries can also be found at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Gillingham and Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre at Chatham Maritime.
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