Gillingham

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Places to stay in Gillingham

Gillingham sits to the north of Kent, in the unitary authority of Medway, alongside Strood, Rochester, Chatham, and Rainham. First mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, it has expanded from a mere hamlet in the 11th century into a limb of the Cinque Ports in the 1600s, developing the town to the 100,000-strong population it now boasts.

Surrounded by lush marshes, rolling countryside and miles of coastline, everyone can enjoy the urban and rural aspects of this hidden gem in the Garden of England.

 
Hostels in Gillingham
Hostels in Gillingham

A pair of YHA hostels serve Gillingham and the surrounding area: a camping barn at Cold Blow, as well as Medway, a traditional oast house in rural Kent. Ideal for groups of all shapes and sizes, we happily provide two of the best locations to explore Kent from, giving great access to many outdoor activities such as cycling, climbing and hiking.

 

Five Free Things To Do In Gillingham

Riverside Country Park
As the key member of the Medway Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest, this 100-hectare attraction covers the Medway Estuary, Motney Hill and Berengrave Local Nature Reserve and offers mudflats, salt marshes, ponds and reed beds, as well as grassland and scrub; it's a natural haven for wildlife.

The Strand Leisure Park
While many of the attractions here require paying custom, The Strand is nonetheless perfect for individuals and families alike who want great sights, kids' play equipment, cafes and plenty of space to put their feet up.

Chatham Dockyard
In nearby Chatham is this historic location - the world's most complete example of such a dockyard from the Age of Sail. If you want more than an amble, get tickets for the award-winning attractions, the chance to explore historic warships, as well as a number of fantastic temporary exhibitions.

The Royal Engineers Museum
While the building itself is a treat to behold, paying a small fee will allow visitors to learn the storied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, learning how these military architects and siegecraft specialists went on to become the army's innovators in fields such as diving, flying and combat engineering.

Fort Amherst
This visually-stunning complex was built to protect the south-eastern approaches to Chatham Dockyard and the River Medway against a French invasion, and has since turned into a part-free exhibit for people to explore at their own leisure - with free tours for paying visitors, to boot.

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