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Chatham (England)

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Chatham Town Centre from the Great Lines

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

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By car[edit]

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

By train[edit]

Chatham Railway Station

Chatham Station [3] is located south of the Town Centre shopping area. Trains are operated by SouthEastern, 08457 484950.

Fast trains operate to/from London Victoria (typical journey time 45 - 60 minutes) and slower stopping trains to/from London Charing Cross/Waterloo/London Bridge via Dartford (typical journey time 60 - 65 minutes). Trains to/from Ramsgate & Dover Priory also serve Chatham.

From December 2009, trains via High Speed 1 will serve Chatham.

Get around[edit]

Local buses are operated by Arriva [4], Nu-Venture [5] and ASD [6]. Buses to Sittingbourne are operated by Chalkwell Coaches[7].

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Historic Dockyard [8] 01634 823807. An old naval dockyard now run as a museum. Open daily in spring and summer, weekends only in winter.
  • Fort Amherst [9] Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4UB 01634 847747. Open daily in summer.
  • Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High St, Chatham ME4 4BP, Tel. 01634 812108 [10]. Arts centre with studio space for artists, exhibition gallery and cafe. Occasional film screenings in a popup cinema

Do[edit][add listing]

Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • Cruise on the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer [11]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Pentagon Shopping Centre (The Pentagon), Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HY, 44 1634 405388, [1]. MON-FRI - 8AM - 7PM, SAT - 8AM - 6PM, SUN - 10PM - 2PM. 20p - Toilets. (51.3838,0.5256) edit
  • Dockside Outlet Centre (Dockside), Maritime Way, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 3ED, +44 1634 899389, [2]. Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm / Sat: 9am-6pm / Sun: 11am-5pm. (51.4011,0.5347) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Feast, 10 Batchelor Street, Chatham, ME4 4BT. Good basic turkish restaurant. Although they do kebabs (and other stuff) it is nothing like a kebab shop. A good 3 course dinner with soft drinks (they do sell wine and beer) cost £10.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

The Medway Council list accommodation on their website [12].

Hostels[edit]

Kingswear Castle paddle steamer
  • Medway Youth Hostel, Capstone Road, Gillingham, ME7 3JE 0870 770 5964 [13]. 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]

Hotels[edit]

  • St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent. ME4 6BB Tel: 01634 841012, [14] About 5 minutes walk from Chatham station. Single rooms £40, doubles £60.
  • Holiday Inn Rochester, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME5 9SF 0870 400 9069. Modern hotel about 4 miles from the town centre.
  • Travelodge Chatham Maritime, Western Avenue, Chatham Historic Dockyard, ME4 4NT, 0871 559 1878. [15] Opened in 2007 as a Ramada hotel, and became a Travelodge in 2016. Located near the entrance to the Historic Dockyard and Dockside shopping outlet, and 1-2 miles from the town centre. Rooms about £40-60 without breakfast.

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