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One of Kent’s Medway Towns, alongside Gillingham and Rochester, Chatham sits on the banks of the River Medway. A small and modest town, it’s perhaps best known for its historical credentials. Humble fishing village turned prominent shipbuilding haven during the Elizabethan era, many remnants of its enduring industry still survive. As well as an impressive 1700s fort, the town also boasts the childhood home of Charles Dickens. A Chatham resident from 1817 to 1821, the house he lived in on Ordnance Terrace still stands today.

Things to see

From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands Crisis, Chatham Historic Dockyard is submerged in over 400 years of important maritime heritage. Occupying the former Royal Navy dockyard, the museum’s captivating exhibits detail the site’s past, whilst a fleet of antiquated vessels let you see it up close. Among the collection, the stark white HMS Gannet ship, and the glossy black HMS Ocelot submarine. Built to protect the River Medway and the dockyard in 1756, Fort Amherst is another historical gem history buffs won’t want to miss out on. With a colorful history including a role in the Second World War, the imposing fortification features a sprawling tunnel complex. Set behind a grand Victorian façade, Brook Theatre is a vibrant hive of entertainment. The community driven venue hosts everything from theater and dance, to jazz and comedy evenings. For some fast paced fun, make a beeline for Buckmore Park Karting. The 1,200 meter circuit once honed the skills of F1 champs Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Hotels in Chatham

There are hotels in Chatham to suit everyone’s taste and budget. From full-service accommodation oozing stylish modernity, to homely and cozy local B&Bs. Most of the hotels in Chatham however come as large chain name establishments and boast an array of amenities to enjoy when you’re not out and about sightseeing. Among them you can expect hot tubs, swimming pools, and fitness facilities, whilst business centers and swanky onsite restaurants are common features too. In-room you’ll get a typical selection of creature comforts, including cable television and high speed internet access, along with those all-important tea and coffee making facilities.

Where to stay

A hotel in Chatham’s riverside town center puts you a short jaunt from its best offerings. Graced with eclectic architecture and convenienced with pedestrianized thoroughfares, the main drag is Chatham’s quintessentially British high street. Here retail therapy comes in a locally owned shop or a high street staple store, whilst big brands galore can be found in the nearby Pentagon Shopping Centre. Dining in Chatham is also varied, with options ranging from chain name cheap eats and British pub grub, to more exotic flavors including Indian and Chinese. Whilst this is all within walking distance, Chatham’s public bus service provides a cheap and convenient means for getting further afield.

How to get to Chatham

For those flying in, the Medway area is served by 2 travel hubs: London Southend Airport and London City Airport, located 42 and 32 miles away respectively. London Southend primarily serves European holiday destinations, whilst the larger London City Airport provides both European connections and daily flights to New York. Both airports have onsite railway stations, making it quick and convenient to get to Chatham once you’ve landed. Services from London City Airport take just over an hour, whilst those from Southend Airport take just short of 2. Chatham Station will be your stop, which sits just south of the town’s center.

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