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For centuries, Chatham’s crucial position on the River Medway halfway between London and the English Channel has made it a prized location. From the 16th to the 20th century, Chatham was a busy dockyard town, producing ships, submarines and sailing equipment in times of war and discovery. This strategic town is located in a picturesque valley along the line of a route used by the ancient Celts.
Defensive fortifications such as Fort Amherst were built to protect the town against the increasing threat of French invasion in the mid-1700s. Get spooked on a Friday night ghost tour of the historic fort’s dark and winding passageways or visit its rolling green Parkland Grounds open every day for free. Hear the mighty bang of cannon fire from the barracks on Sundays.
The Historic Dockyard of Chatham is located just north of the town center and showcases the rich maritime history of the town and the River Medway. Once the lifeblood of the town, the dockyard contains a fascinating selection of maritime artifacts and personal accounts of life in the Age of Sail. Climb aboard two preserved warships and go below the decks of a Cold War submarine.
Visit the Great Lines Heritage Park, a vast green area in the heart of the Medway, with its distinctive Naval Memorial tower easily visible from Chatham town. Follow one of the tree-lined cycling and walking tracks to meander around the park and see families flying kites in the open grassland.
Chatham is the hub of the towns in the Medway area, so it is easily accessible by car or bus. High-speed trains connect Chatham with London and local trains serve the wider Kent area. Chatham has a seaside climate with warmer summers and cool coastal winds and rain in the colder months. Be sure to have your appropriate “brolly and wellies” (umbrella and boots), just in case the weather turns at any time of year.
Situated on a river, this inn is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle. Royal Engineers Museum and Fort Amherst are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Buckmore Park Karting and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Rochester Cathedral. Medway Little Theatre and Dickens World are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Buckmore Park Karting and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral. Restoration House and Dickens World are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Chatham hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Dockyard Chatham, Royal Engineers Museum, and Brook Theatre. Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate, Dunorlan Park, and Assembly Hall Theater. Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and Trinity Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Maidstone, this spa hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Leeds Castle and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bearsted Golf Club. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kent Life, Whatman Park, and Brenchley Gardens. Maidstone Museum and Hazlitt Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).