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About Medway

Historic DockyardPhoto from Rochester Dickens Festival Castle Proms

Medway is a vibrant aspiring city for the 21st century located at the historic heart of the north Kent coast in South East England.

It is one of the south-east’s most aspiring and developing destinations, marrying its celebrated heritage with a rapidly emerging continental-style cultural scene.

Medway takes its name from the river that flows through it and comprises the five towns of Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood.

Individually, the towns have their own place in history and unique identity – in particular Rochester with its iconic castle and cathedral and connections to Charles Dickens, and Chatham with its maritime and military heritage and defences. Together, they provide a diverse and exciting visitor experience.

Medway is home to some of the finest museums in the country, including the new No. 1 Smithery at the Historic Dockyard.

However, it is one of its most natural attributes – the river – that is the golden thread running through Medway’s visitor offer.

The waterfront region of Chatham Maritime with its attractive marina, shopping and new Quays development, sit alongside heritage attractions including The Historic Dockyard, Upnor Castle and the defences of the Great Lines, which is on the UK’s shortlist as a World Heritage Site.

For those seeking a spot of retail therapy, Medway’s shopping offer ranges from historic high streets and traditional town centres to modern indoor shopping complexes. And for the more active visitors, not-to-miss attractions include the Chatham Ski Centre, Diggerland, Buckmore Park karting track and the Gillingham Ice Bowl.

For more information visit www.enjoymedway.org



Medway can provide a range of accommodation options to meet the needs of event organisers, spectators and visiting teams.

The area has a number of good quality three and four star hotels. Alternatively, we can offer quality self-catering or catered accommodation at the Universities at Medway campus, which is within walking distance of Medway Park.

Medway works in partnership with leading local hotels and can help you negotiate special event rates and accommodation arrangements.

The hotel options include a three star independent hotel immediately neighbouring the Medway Park site, plus other budget brand hotels in close proximity. Alternatively, there are larger hotels with health suites and conference facilities within Medway and close to the motorway network.

The accommodation used by students from the Universities at Medway campus can recreate the atmosphere of an athletes’ village. In total there are potentially more than 800 rooms available to visiting athletes.

The Liberty Quays site, used by the University of Kent, opened in September 2009 and offers quality studio apartments or clusters of en suite rooms with shared kitchens and relaxation areas. The accommodation is secure and also has shops, a laundry and meeting/relaxation rooms.

The University of Greenwich accommodation is even closer to Medway Park, offering modern apartments with five or six individual en suite rooms. Teams can chose between self-catering or on-site catering provided by the universities.

Photo showing the River Medway at ChathamImage from inside Pentagon Centre, Chatham