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Chatham
in Great Britain

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Chatham

Chatham is a town in the Medway area of Kent, England. Located on the south bank of the River Medway, it is approximately 50 miles southeast of London and 20 miles east of Maidstone. The town has a population of around 95,000 people and is the administrative centre for the Medway Unitary Authority.

Chatham is home to the historic Chatham Dockyard, which was a major naval base for over 400 years. It was founded in the 16th century and served as a base for the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and the two World Wars. Today, the dockyard is a popular tourist attraction and includes the Historic Dockyard Museum and a number of preserved ships.

Chatham is also home to Fort Amherst, a former defensive fortification built in the 18th century to protect the dockyard from attack. It is now a visitor attraction, with a museum and tunnels that can be explored.

The town of Chatham has a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Iron Age. It was an important port in Roman times and was later recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. During the Middle Ages, Chatham was a thriving port and market town, and was the site of a major naval battle in 1667.

In the 19th century, Chatham was an important industrial centre for the production of paper, bricks and cement. The town also had a major shipbuilding industry and was the birthplace of the famous novelist Charles Dickens in 1812.

Today, Chatham is a bustling town with a vibrant cultural and retail scene. It is home to a number of popular attractions, including the Dickens World theme park and the Royal Engineers Museum. It is also a popular destination for water sports, with a number of marinas and sailing clubs located nearby.

Excursion tips for a day in Chatham

As a tourist in Chatham in Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Visit the Historic Dockyard Chatham, a maritime museum with over 400 years of history.

2. Take a leisurely stroll along the River Medway, admiring the views and wildlife.

3. Take a tour of the Chatham Naval Memorial, which commemorates the sailors of the Royal Navy who lost their lives in World War I and II.

4. Explore the Chatham Historic Dockyard, a former Royal Navy base with a wealth of history to discover.

5. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the River Medway, taking in the sights and sounds of the area.

6. Visit the Royal Engineers Museum, which explores the history of the Royal Engineers and their role in the British Army.

7. Explore the Rochester Castle, a 12th century castle built by the Normans.

8. Visit the Dickens World, a theme park dedicated to the life and works of Charles Dickens.

9. Take a walk around the Fort Amherst, an 18th century fort with a fascinating history.

10. Visit the Chatham Maritime Village, a vibrant area with shops, restaurants, and leisure activities.

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The climate in Chatham

The climate in Chatham, Great Britain is generally mild throughout the year. During the summer months, temperatures are usually warm with occasional bouts of rain. Spring is usually cool and wet, while autumn brings mild temperatures and occasional showers. Winter is the coldest season with temperatures ranging from cool to cold and occasional snowfall. Overall, the climate in Chatham is mild and wet throughout the year, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing.

Cruise weather for Chatham

Our weather forecast for Chatham helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 20.6 °C
min: 13.7 °C
19.8 m/s
46.4 m/s
76.6 %
23.7 m
80.1 %
1,011 hPa
05:00:44
21:06:44
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 12.7 °C
16.6 m/s
36.4 m/s
74.6 %
24.1 m
75.3 %
1,016 hPa
05:01:58
21:05:39
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 15.2 °C
18.7 m/s
42.8 m/s
75.5 %
24.1 m
72.4 %
1,015 hPa
05:03:13
21:04:31
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 21.3 °C
min: 11.3 °C
11.5 m/s
15.8 m/s
3.3 %
24.1 m
65.5 %
1,019 hPa
05:04:29
21:03:21
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.1 °C
min: 13.6 °C
20.5 m/s
28.4 m/s
54.5 %
24.1 m
60.2 %
1,011 hPa
05:05:47
21:02:09
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 14.4 °C
22.0 m/s
37.1 m/s
74.6 %
22.5 m
69.9 %
1,005 hPa
05:07:06
21:00:54
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 19.5 °C
min: 12.8 °C
20.2 m/s
35.5 m/s
52.5 %
24.1 m
70.6 %
1,009 hPa
05:08:27
20:59:37
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 18.6 °C
min: 13.5 °C
23.4 m/s
40.3 m/s
54.7 %
24.1 m
70.9 %
1,017 hPa
05:09:48
20:58:18
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 13 °C
21.2 m/s
31.0 m/s
19.2 %
24.1 m
63.8 %
1,018 hPa
05:11:11
20:56:56
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 15.3 °C
18.7 m/s
36.0 m/s
83.8 %
24.1 m
64.2 %
1,015 hPa
05:12:35
20:55:32
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.5 °C
min: 13.4 °C
20.9 m/s
27.0 m/s
67.0 %
24.1 m
63.8 %
1,019 hPa
05:14:00
20:54:07
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 13.4 °C
13.7 m/s
23.0 m/s
56.8 %
24.1 m
64.5 %
1,020 hPa
05:15:25
20:52:39
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 15.9 °C
24.5 m/s
34.6 m/s
83.0 %
24.1 m
63.2 %
1,013 hPa
05:16:52
20:51:08

Cruises to Chatham

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Scheduled ship calls in Chatham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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