About Kent

Medway is situated in Kent in the south-east of England, just 45 mins from the centre of London.

Useful Information about Medway

Medway History Facts and Geography

Medway is situated in Kent in the south-east of England, just 45 mins from the centre of London, the channel tunnel and ports. Medway is made up of a number of towns including Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and some more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

The area has excellent access to the national motorway and rail networks. Medway council is a unitary authority and provides all local government services for a quarter of a million people. Medway has a highly skilled workforce and a young and culturally diverse population. Medway grew up around the river from which it takes its name and still continues this.

Due to Medway’s strategic location by the major crossing of the River Medway, it has made a wide and historically significant contribution to Kent, and to England, dating back thousands of years, as evident in the siting of Watling Street by the Romans and by Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral (the second oldest in Britain) and the Chatham naval dockyard.

Places to visit in Medway

Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Castle
Historic Dockyards
Brook Theatre
Fort Amherst
Upnor Castle

Hempsted Valley Shopping Centre
Capstone Farm Country Park
Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre
Gillingham Ice Rink
Buckmore Park Kart Racing Circuit
Dickens World

Useful Numbers

Health Centres

Medway Maritime Hospital

Windmill Rd, Gillingham ME7 5NY
Phone: 01634 830000

Keystone Centre

Gun Lane, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4UL
Phone: 01634 830000

Rochester Healthly Living Centre

Delce Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2EL
Phone: 01634 334200

Balmoral Gardens Healthy Living Centre

Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PN

Thorndike Centre

Longley Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2TH
Phone: 01634 817217

Kings Road Clinic, Kings Road

Chatham, Kent, ME5 7JY
Phone: 01634 844670

Lordswood Health Centre

Sultan Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8TJ
Phone: 01634 337444

Medway Council’s Family Information Service

The service provides details of child minders, parent and toddler groups and playgroups with current vacancies.
Phone: 01634 335566

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Medway offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on many subjects including:

  • Debt;
  • Welfare benefits;
  • Housing;
  • Employment.

Phone: 01634 888182

Visit: 5A New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BB
46 Green Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5TJ

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour)

Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank is a 24-hour, seven-days a week, free and confidential phone service that offers advice and information for those who are concerned, or have questions, about drugs. The service is available to anyone.   Phone:0800 776600
NHS Direct  Phone: 0845 4647
Samaritans  Phone: 08457 909090
NSPCC Helpline  Phone : 08457 909090
Shelter (Housing)  Phone : 08088 004444 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday)

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