Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2019

Residents and visitors are invited to explore Medway by open top bus this summer.

Climb aboard Medway Council’s guided tour bus to find out more about the area’s fascinating history as you travel across Medway.

Look out for Grunt, Medway’s friendly pig, on your journey. Pictures of him dressed up in different costumes will be dotted along the route. He’ll be dressed as Will Adams - the first Englishman to travel to Japan - and see if you can spot him dressed as one of Charles Dickens’ famous characters too.

Grunt was one of the lucky pigs who managed to escape during the 1215 siege of Rochester Castle. He even features in his own book – the children’s guide to Rochester Castle. He guides visitors around the castle and points out all the fun things to look out for.

Open bus tours will run every day from Monday, from 29 July until Sunday, 1 September 2019, from 11am until 4pm each day with departures on the hour from Rochester Visitor Centre in Corporation Street. Visitors can start their journey at any of the stops on the route and tickets can be bought from the driver. Adult tickets cost £4.50 and children’s tickets cost £2.50.

Tickets are valid all day so visitors can hop on and off the bus to take a closer look at Medway’s heritage sites or can take the complete 45-minute tour.

Stops include Boley Hill, Rochester, both Rochester railway station and tourist sites such as Fort Amherst, The Royal Engineers Museum and The Historic Dockyard.

There's plenty to see and do

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are delighted to welcome back our summer touring bus. Medway is steeped in history and there is plenty to see and do. I would encourage both residents and visitors to hop on and off to discover Medway’s rich heritage.”

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