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Chatham (England)

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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.

Get in

By car

  • 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

Chatham Station [1] 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.

See

  • The Historic Dockyard [2] 01634 823807. An old naval dockyard now run as a museum. Open daily in spring and summer, weekends only in winter.
  • Fort Amherst [3] Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4UB 01634 847747. Open daily in summer.
  • The New Art Centre, 272 High St, Chatham ME4 4BP, Tel. 01634 812108 [4]. Charity run art gallery with "wireless internet cafe" - free admission.

Do

  • Cruise on the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer [5]

Buy

Eat

  • 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.

Drink

Sleep

The Medway Council list accommodation on their website [6].

Hostels

  • Medway Youth Hostel, Capstone Road, Gillingham, ME7 3JE 0870 770 5964 [7]. 40 bed summer hostel about 4 miles from Chatham, housed in a districtive converted Oast House in a semi-rural setting.

Bed and Breakfasts

Hotels

  • St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent. ME4 6BB Tel: 01634 841012, [8] 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.
  • Ramada Encore Chatham, Western Avenue, Chatham Historic Dockyard, ME4 4NT, 0844 8010 313. [9] Opened in 2007, located near the entrance to the Dockyard and Dicken's World, and 1-2 miles from the town centre. Rooms about £60 without breakfast.

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