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The River Medway from Chatham
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Chatham is a town on the River Medway in the north of the English county of Kent, UK. Together with its neighbouring towns of Rochester and Gillingham it forms a large urban area known as the Medway Towns.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • From London, take the A2 arterial road (32 mi, 51 km).
  • From Canterbury, take the A2 and the M2 to Junction 3 for the Rochester exit (32 mi, 51 km, about 40 min).

By train[edit]

  • 1 Chatham (CTM) Station, Railway Street, ME4 6PN (south of the Town Centre shopping area). Trains are operated by SouthEastern. Car park £6 per day. Chatham railway station (Q2636404) on Wikidata Chatham_railway_station on Wikipedia
Fast trains operate from London Victoria (typical journey time 45 - 60 minutes) and slower stopping trains from London Charing Cross, London Waterloo and London Bridge via Dartford (typical journey time 60 - 65 minutes). Trains from Ramsgate & Dover Priory also serve Chatham.
High Speed 1 trains from London St Pancras and Faversham serve Chatham. For local journeys these trains are more expensive than the other routes.

Get around[edit]

Map of Chatham (England)

Local buses are operated by Arriva Medway Towns, Nu-Venture and ASD Coaches.


Fort Amherst
  • 1 The Historic Dockyard, Western Avenue, ME4 4TY (the entrance at Main Gate – off Dock Road, is for tenants and residents only), +44 1634 823800, . Hours and days vary - See website. An old naval dockyard now run as a museum. All tickets are valid for 12 months - adults: £24; senior citizens, HM Forces and veterans (with ID) and students: £21.50; children (aged 5 – 15 years): £14; family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £63. Chatham Historic Dockyard (Q5087663) on Wikidata Chatham Historic Dockyard on Wikipedia
  • 2 Fort Amherst, Dock Road, ME4 4UB, +44 1634 847747. Open daily in summer. Fort Amherst (Q5470717) on Wikidata Fort Amherst on Wikipedia
  • 3 Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High St, ME4 4BP, +44 1634 812108. M-Sa 10AM-4PM. Arts centre with studio space for artists, exhibition gallery and cafe. Occasional film screenings in a popup cinema.


  • 1 Brook Theatre, 5 The Brook, ME4 4SE. Small theatre in former town hall.
  • 2 Central Theatre, 170 High Street, ME4 4AS. 965-seat theatre.



  • 1 The Thomas Waghorn, 14 Railway Street, ME4 4JL, +44 1634 405422. Daily 8AM-midnight (food until 11AM). Wetherspoon's pub with meals.


  • 1 Copper Rivet Distillery, Pump House no. 5, Chatham Dockyard, Leviathan Way, ME4 4LP (near the outlet centre), +44 1634 931122. W 2PM, Th F 6PM; Sa 2PM, 4PM and 6PM. Gin distillery. The gin is flavoured with juniper, elderflower, coriander, orange, lemon, cardamom, grains of paradise from Africa, angelica root and orris root. tour £12.



  • 1 Medway Youth Hostel, Capstone Road, Gillingham, ME7 3JE, +44 8707705964. 40-bed summer hostel about 4 miles from Chatham, housed in a districtive converted Oast House in a semi-rural setting.

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]


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Routes through Chatham
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