The Full Guide To Things To Do In Chatham

Apr 9th 2024

For those looking for things to do in Chatham, you’ve come to the right place as here at X1 Sales & Lettings we’ve made it easy for you to discover all this vibrant town has to offer. Our comprehensive guide lists all of the top activities that are on your doorstep with something to suit everyone’s preference and budget. 

If you’re looking for a place to live in this historical maritime location, our luxury property X1 Chatham Waters offers modern apartments in Chatham situated along the Medway Waterfront Peninsula. The best part? We’re just a 40-minute train journey away from The Capital, making it a prime commuter destination for working professionals. 

On that note, take a read of our full guide to things to do in Chatham to get your after work plans boxed off! 

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham 

When it comes to the top sights in this fascinating location situated along the River Medway, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a must-visit. 

For the past 40 years, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been drawing in crowds with over 80 acres of history to explore, taking you through the town’s legendary ship building heritage. 

Tickets for this fantastic maritime museum are valid for a year, so you can return as many times as you like, and if you’re a local resident you can snap up an exclusive discount. 

If that wasn’t exciting enough, hit TV shows such as Bridgerton and Call The Midwife were even filmed at the dockyard. 

Our fantastic property is situated just a 10-minute walk away, so you couldn’t be more conveniently placed to the top attractions in Chatham. 


Copper Rivet Distillery 

If you’re on the hunt for an exciting weekend activity, Copper Rivet Distillery should be your first port of call. 

Located in the heart of Chatham’s Royal Dockyard in a repurposed 19th century pumphouse, this distillery attracts thousands of visitors year on year. 

Opening back in 2016, Copper River Distillery is the only spirit maker in Kent, and is renowned for their fantastic gin, vodka, whisky and liqueur. 

Here you can take a tour of the distillery to see the innovation and craft behind the making of these handcrafted spirits. 

After your tour you can head for a delicious meal in The Pump Room, which serves up classic dishes influenced by spices and flavours from across the globe. 


The Central Theatre 

Fancy a post-work show? The Central Theatre is the place to be, with a range of contemporary theatre, dance, music and entertainment on offer all year round. 

Located in the heart of town on Chatham’s High Street, this 960-seat theatre hosts West End Greats, thriving tribute acts and fantastic live performances to suit everyone. 

Whether you’re heading out on a romantic date or just looking for something to do for the evening, The Central Theatre is sure to keep you entertained, and it couldn’t be easier to book tickets through their website, or by heading to the box office. 



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Fort Amherst Heritage Trust

Chatham is crammed with exciting things to do, and a visit to Fort Amherst Heritage Trust should not go amiss. 

Fort Amherst has over 300 years of history as one of the country’s key defences, having played an important role in defending Britain during the Napoleonic War as well as both the World Wars. 

The grounds of Fort Amherst Heritage Trust are open throughout the year, with over 20 acres of green spaces which are free to explore. 

If you’re after a cultural fix, you can even take a tour of the secret network of tunnels, which is an additional charge but definitely worth experiencing! 



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Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa

Looking after your wellbeing is so important, and the ultimate relaxation experience can be found at Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa. 

Here you can unwind with a range of leisure and spa facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, stream room and gym, as well as various treatments for you to make the most of. 

There’s even a bar and restaurant where you can grab a glass of fizz or a delicious afternoon tea, so if you’re planning to catch up with friends, this is the perfect place! 


Great Lines Heritage Park 

Those living in Chatham are spoilt for choice when it comes to urban spaces to escape the hustle and bustle, with the likes of Great Lines Heritage Park on their doorstep. 

This fantastic green space connects Chatham, Gillingham, Brompton and the Historic Dockyard and is a great place to unwind, or even have a picnic during the summer months. 

The historical significance of the park adds an interesting touch too, so be sure to take a visit and experience it for yourself. 



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That’s it from us on the top things to do in Chatham, we do hope your social calendar will be jam packed with these fantastic activities. 

Whilst living with us at X1, you will be part of a vibrant community and will have amenities like an on-site gym and leafy outdoor courtyard to make the most of. There’s also nearby places like Gillingham City Centre and Rochester within easy reach too! 

FAQs: What to do in Chatham, Kent

What are the top attractions to explore in Chatham?

Chatham offers a range of exciting activities for residents and visitors alike. From exploring the Historic Dockyard Chatham to enjoying a distillery tour at Copper Rivet Distillery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Where can I find luxury properties in Chatham?

For those seeking luxury living in Chatham, X1 Chatham Waters offers modern apartments situated along the Medway Waterfront Peninsula. With convenient access to The Capital, it’s an ideal choice for working professionals.

What entertainment options are available in Chatham?

Chatham boasts a vibrant entertainment scene, with venues like The Central Theatre offering a variety of contemporary theatre, dance, and music performances throughout the year. Whether you’re on a romantic date or looking for evening entertainment, The Central Theatre has something for everyone.

Are there any historical sites to visit in Chatham?

History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring sites like Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, which has over 300 years of history as one of the country’s key defences. Additionally, Great Lines Heritage Park offers a green space with historical significance, perfect for relaxation and picnics.

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