Re-opening Medway & Covid-19
We know there is still considerable uncertainty and making a trip out to explore everything Medway has to offer may still be difficult.
Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our residents and visitors. This page is designed to keep you updated about sites and buildings that have re-opened and those that remain closed. Track and trace and distancing measures are in place at many of the attractions that have re-opened. We recommend checking out individual attractions' websites before travelling.
- Upnor Castle - Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am and 5pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.
- Guildhall Museum - open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester - open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham - open daily pre-booking only.
- Rochester Cathedral - Sunday morning eucharist 9.30am and 11.30am seats need to be pre-booked. The cathedral is also open 10am-1pm Tuesday to Saturday.
- The City of Rochester Society public walking tours. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2.15pm until 31 October.
- The Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham. Timed visits should be booked in advance. Open Tuesday to Sundays plus Bank Holidays 10am-4pm.
- Huguenot Museum - open Fridays and Saturdays only.
- Diggerland - open daily 10am-4pm. Pre-booking essential
- Jetstream Tours has resumed its River Medway cruises. Pre-booking essential
- Paddle Steamer Medway Queen has re-opened to visitors. Open Saturdays only 11am-4pm (last admission 3pm)
- Medway Park, Strood and Hoo Sports Centres. All activities need to be pre-booked.
The following visitor attractions currently remain closed:
- Rochester Castle - the castle is currently closed for essential maintenance work.
- Eastgate House, Temple Manor and the Old Brook Pumping Station
- Fort Amherst has closed its formal visitor services, this includes tunnel tours, hires and special events.
- The Strand outdoor pool and paddling pool will not be re-opening for summer 2020
- Splashes fun pool is remaining closed for an 18-month refurbishment programme
- Tours of Copper Rivet Distillery remain suspended
Events cancelled in Medway
In line with government's advice, Medway Council has cancelled all its events until to the end of 2020, including the Christmas Market, Dickensian Christmas Festival and Christmas lights switch on. Dickens 150 anniversary activities planned for 2020 have were replaced with the Virtual Dickens 150 campaign.
Shows at the Central and Brook Theatres in Chatham are being rescheduled. The Central Theatre pantomime Peter Pan, and the Brook Theatre Christmas production have also been postponed for 2020. See the latest theatre cancellation and rescheduling news.
Greenspaces and Country Park
Medway's green spaces and country parks are now open to visitors. Play areas have also re-opened.
- Riverside Country Park
- Capstone Country Park
- Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve
- RSPB nature reserves at Cooling and Cliffe
Medway's coach park at Curtis Way will be closed until the end of March 2021 as it is being used as a Covid-19 testing centre.
This page will be updated as soon as we receive details from our attractions across Medway.
For more information and advice on COVID-19 and how to stay safe visit Medway Council's Coronavirus pages.