It was a real pleasure to visit the Chtham historic Dokyards on May 15th 2010 with all the family. We spent here almost 5 hours and didnt see the time running. You'll experience that the volunteers running this living museum are really passionnate. They simply want to share their passion for boats with the visitors. Our kids (11 & 9) loved it as we...more
Fort Amherst is Britain's finest Georgian fortress. The fort was initially built in 1756 to provide a defense for the Chatham dockyard and in the face of the French threat between 1802 and 1811. French prisoners of war were set to work to extend the tunnels and create vast underground stores and shelters, new magazines, barracks, gun batteries and...more
A Dockyard was established in Chatham on 1544 by Henry VIII and continued there for almost three and a half centuries. Today, the decendants of those shipbuilders are trying to keep its heritage alive in the form of a museum at the Dockyard. Work is slow as there is little in the form of government finance. One of the volunteers laminted to me that...more
Royal National Lifeboat CollectionLifeboats housed in this collection range from 19th century boats, through high speed inshore boats to the Arun class all-weather lifeboat. There is a comprehensive history of the men and women who manned these boats along with several bits of equipment.Admision:April-October open daily 10.00am-6.00pm (last...more
"A castle for allseasons and one of the most romantic buildings in the land"A great place to relax in the summer days, with a picnic and a bottle of bubbly.Take in the grounds, visit the castle, see the ducks and the birds in the avairy and even get lost in the maze.more
HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Tragalagar, was built on this site during 1759-65.The old timber lined single dock, first built in 1623, was rebuilt in granite in 1840. It was further extended for the construction of HMS Mersy, the Royal Navy's longest Wooden Warship.HMS Achilles, the first iron battleship to be built in a Royal...more
Rochester CathedralRochester Cathedral is the second oldest in England. The present building started construction under Bishop Gundulf in 1077 but the original Cathedral was built in 604 by Justus. The present building is an excellent example of Norman and early English architecture and the Crypt is considered to be one of the finest in the...more
HMS CAVALIERHMS Cavalier was the last W.W.II Royal Navy destroyer in service and is the only ship of her kind left in Britain. During her long career she was awarded the Battle Honour 'Arctic 1945' and once held the title of 'The Fastest Ship in the Fleet'. After an impressive 27 years of service, Cavalier finally paid off at Chatham in 1972. Now...more
Historic Dockyard.HM SUBMARINE OCELOT H.M. Submarine Ocelot was launched at Chatham during the tense years of the Cold War. Her silent engines made Ocelot perfect for secret missions and during her first three years in commission she covered over 90,000 miles. However, her time in service remains a mystery and little information has ever been...more
Rochester Castle Under SeigeBetween 11th October and 30th November 1213 Rochester Castle was under seige.A group of rebellious barons had occupied the castle and held out against an army commanded by King John himself.More than a hundred knights and other ranks defended the castle. For seven weeks the soldiers of the King were encamped outside.The...more
Take a trip on the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle from The DockyardThe KINGSWEAR CASTLE is a coal-fired paddle steamer built in 1924 which originally sailed up and down the River Dart until the 1960s. It was chartered by the American Navy in the Second World War to carry stores and personnel at Dartmouth.After being withdrawn from service in 1965...more
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We've been to the Coco Diner several times and have always enjoyed everything that we have tried. If you want a standard "Ruby Murray" then go to any one of the numerous indian restaurants in the area. If you want something a little different and wish to try some authentic southern indian food then this is the place. The staff are friendly, helpful...more
The place gets better and better everytime I visit.We have just had our annual FFL prize giving dinner at the Akash, and as usual the staff couldn't have been more helpful.I asked the head waiter if they had changed the chef recently. He said no, but he had been reading more books lately :). Excellent Chef specials. Too numerous to mention.more
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A little more up market than Chatham's Pentagon centre, you will find food, clothes and take away here. A large Sainsbury hypermarket is the main stay of this centre with M&S, Claire's Accessories and Argos amongst the rest
A pleasant afternoon could be spent dawdling around Hempstead Valley which is in Rainham - Jnct 4 off the M2
You've read my introduction...I was still in the police when I lived in Chatham. Even so, I was very nervous about travelling on the late trains to and from London. They employed private security guards on these trains because they are so bad, and I would only travel in the carriage that there is one of these guards in. DON'T travel on the night trains from London to this area unless you really have to - I remember one night, we had to find a hotel in a town we didn't know because there was a big fight on the last train and it had to be stopped en-route!
I hope this situation improves, but I don't know how.
Rochester High Street. Plenty of Dickens' tea shops if you like that sort of thing. Quaint with lots of antique shops and other nick-nack places. Plenty of pubs so it's not bad for a good crawl.
Take a walk up to the War Memorial on the Lines
The war memorial is situated on the Great Lines, to the North of the town centre, and is dedicated to the memory of those sailors from Chatham-based ships who died during The Great War (1914-18) and World War 2 (1939-45).
Bus travel around the Medway Towns is pretty easy to navigatearriva.co.uk Arriva is the local bus company with a monopoly on most routes within Medway (Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Rainham and Strood). You can download pdf printable timetables from their web site before you travel. Having lived here all my life, I have many fond memories of...more