Gillingham has an interesting historic background. It is twinned with the cities of Ito and Yokosuka in Japan, a relationship founded on its proud identity as the birthplace of Elizabethan adventurer Will Adams.

The town also has strong maritime and military connections with the nearby Historic Dockyard in Chatham, and the Royal Engineers.

Gillingham is a central part of Medway with a range of shopping outlets, a traditional market every Saturday and Monday and a pedestrianised high street providing shoppers a safe and traffic free setting to enjoy.