Jump aboard the open top tour bus and unearth the secrets of Medway for yourself.


Can you spot Grunt?

Grunt, who lives at Rochester Castle, is hiding around Medway. He’s dressed up, exploring and generally just hanging out!

Keep your eyes peeled during the tour for Grunt as:

  • Miss Havisham
  • The Chatham Witch
  • Will Adams
  • Grunt himself alongside a Royal Engineer Soldier
  • Chef
  • Stinky-Whiff

Grunt features in his very own book - the Children’s Guide to Rochester Castle. He’ll guide you round the castle and show you all the fun things to look out for. Come and visit the castle and make sure you ask for Grunt! 

grunt the pig

About the tour

Tours run every day from 29 July to 1 September 2019, 11am to 4pm.

The bus will run hourly from 11am each day, with departures on the hour until 4pm from the back of Rochester Visitor Centre in Corporation Street (opposite Rochester Station), but you can start your journey at any of the stops on the route, or jump on or off at any of our stops. 

You can buy a ticket from the driver and get on the bus at any of the stops.

As tickets are valid all day, you can either take the complete tour lasting 45 minutes, or hop off at any stop and continue the tour later. 

The open top bus is wheelchair accessible with an automatic ramp and designated wheelchair spaces.

Medway open top bus

How much it costs

  • Adults - £4.50
  • Children, seniors and concessions - £2.50

Open top bus stops

During the tour you will stop off at:

  • Medway Visitor Information Centre
  • Boley Hill, Rochester
  • Chatham Waterfront Bus Station
  • Gun Wharf, Dock Road
  • Fort Amherst
  • The Royal Engineers Museum
  • The Historic Dockyard
  • Dockside Outlet Centre



Visitor information Centre, Rochester 11am 12noon 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
Boley Hill, Rochester 11.02am 12.02pm 1.02pm 2.02pm 3.02pm 4.02pm
Chatham Waterfront Bus Station 11.14am 12.14pm 1.14pm 2.14pm 3.14pm 4.14pm
Gun Wharf, Dock Road 11.16am 12.16pm 1.16pm 2.16pm 3.16pm 4.16pm
Royal Engineers Museum 11.21am 12.21pm 1.21pm 2.21pm 3.21pm 4.21pm
Dockside Outlet Centre 11.26am 12.26pm 1.26pm 2.26pm 3.26pm 4.26pm
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham 11.31am 12.31pm 1.31pm 2.31pm 3.31pm 4.31pm
Fort Amherst, Dock Road 11.36am 12.36pm 1.36pm 2.36pm 3.36pm 4.36pm
Chatham Waterfront Bus Station 11.37am 12.37pm 1.37pm 2.37pm 3.37pm 4.37pm
Visitor Information Centre, Rochester 11.45am 12.45pm 1.45pm 2.45pm 3.45pm 4.45pm

Terms and conditions of carriage

  1. This service is operated by Arriva plc on behalf of Medway Council.
  2. The ticket purchased for this service is only valid for use on The Explore Medway open top bus on the day of purchase. The all-day ticket is valid on the day of purchase only.
  3. A child is defined as being aged from 5 to 15 years. Only one child, under 5 years old, per adult may travel for free provided they do not occupy a seat to the exclusion of a fare paying passenger.
  4. Standing is not permitted on the upper deck or staircase.
  5. Passengers are encouraged to remain seated or hold on to handrails at all times.
  6. Concessionary bus concession holders will not be allowed to use their free passes for this tourist service and will be expected to pay the full concession fare as promoted.  (A bus service aimed at carrying tourist traffic is exempt from the concessionary fares as defined under the Transport Act 2000.)
  7. Arriva Medway will make every effort to maintain a regular and frequent service, but does not guarantee to do so in the event of unforeseeable traffic delays or route diversions.
  8. In the event of a breakdown or bad weather, this service will still operate but with a branded Arriva ‘closed top’ vehicle.