With visits to Upnor Village and Castle and a film locations tour at Chatham Dockyard this entertaining guided day offers your group something a little bit different for 2018 or 2019.
After time at 10.30am to buy morning refreshments we explore the old seafarer’s haunt of Upnor - a sleepy backwater next to Rochester. The picture postcard tiny High Street ends at riverside gate through which we step back in time. During Henry VIII’s reign the Upper Medway was the principal anchorage for the Royal Navy. Elizabeth I built this turreted castle to counter the Spanish threat. One hundred years later it was to be the Dutch who breached the defences. The Raid on the Medway, described in Samuel Pepys Diaries, was England’s greatest Naval defeat. We tell the cracking tale of this forgotten battle exactly where it happened.
Upnor Castle looks across the Medway to Chatham Dockyard, which built and repaired ships for the Royal Navy for over 400 years.
After free time for lunch enjoy a film locations tour - a fun way to explore the unspoiled Georgian and Victorian buildings. We tell the Dockyard story and discover locations from Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge to Downton Abbey and cinema blockbusters Les Miserables and Sherlock Holmes.
A cracking afternoon and after time to buy tea we’ll head for home at 4.45pm.