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Local Area

Medway Attractions

Medway Park Sports Centre

Medway Park is an elite sporting venue which hosts the latest national and international sporting events in Medway. It also offers a range of sporting activities.

Visit Medway Park

Royal Engineers Museum

Kent’s largest military museum is just across the road from the King Charles Hotel. Discover the story of the Royal Engineers and how they have supported the British Army for over 300 years

Visit Royal Engineers Museum website

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Visiting The Historic Dockyard Chatham will leave you in awe of the mighty ships that have roamed the world’s oceans. A visit here guarantees both a day of adventure and a day of history as you step on board HMS Ocelot, a Cold War Submarine, HMS Cavalier, a WW2 destroyer, and much more.

Visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Fort Amherst

Visit the Fort that defended Medway with pride. Fort Amherst is a free to visit Napoleonic fort where the entire family can explore tunnels, ditches and nature trails, learn about cannons and ammunition, visit solider’s quarters and much more.

Visit Fort Amherst

Historic Rochester

Rochester is steeped in history dating back centuries and is a must visit when travelling through Medway.

Explore Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest bishopric in England. Stand in awe of Rochester Castle, an imposing fortress built to guard to River Medway crossing. Retrace the footsteps of Charles Dickens and visit some of the buildings that featured in his works such as Restoration House, the Six Poor Travellers House, the Guildhall Museum and Eastgate House.

Visit Rochester High Street, a quaint street packed with small and independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. You may even be lucky enough to visit one of Rochester’s many festivals such as Dicken’s Festival or Sweep’s Festival.

Visit Rochester

Upnor Castle

Upnor Castle, a rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort, is set in tranquil grounds beside a riverside village.

Visit Upnor Castle

Medway Sailing

Why not participate in a leisurely Sailing trip along the River Medway? From the base in Chatham Marina, discover the Medway and its environment as seen by Admiral Lord Nelson. View the birdlife in its natural habitat as you sail towards the Estuary, only motoring for lock access or adverse wind conditions.

Visit Medway Sailing website

Local Parks & Woodlands

  • Great Lines Heritage Park
  • Capstone Country Park
  • Riverside Country Park

Find a local country park

Children’s Local Activities

Planet Ice

Ice skating for the whole family

Visit Planet Ice

Monkey Bizz

An indoor soft play centre that ensures a fun day out for all

Visit Monkey Bizz


Diggerland is where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery.

Visit Diggerland

Further Afield

Gravesend Cyclopark

Cyclopark is a purpose-built facility for cycling and other outdoor activities, located 10 minutes from the Inn on the Lake.

Visit Gravesend Cyclopark website

Kent Life

Visit the Kentish gardens where one of the last remaining hop farms can be found, take the little ones to the animal farm and cuddle corner, visit the vintage village and farm house and much more.

Visit Kent Life

Hever Castle

Be inspired to come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle – once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens from the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday Walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike!

Visit Hever Castle website

Leeds Castle and Gardens

Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence for six of England’s medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the powerful and influential.

Visit Leeds Castle website

Howletts and Port Lympe Wild Animal Parks

The John Aspinall Foundation in conjunction with Howletts Wild Animal Park is devoted to saving rare and endangered animals, returning them to protected areas in the wild. As a charity they rely on the support of the general public to help fund their work.

Visit Aspinall Foundation’s website