Medway has attracted Normans, pilgrims and kings and queens over the centuries. It has guided pilgrims to its shrines and inspired some of the greatest men in history.
It was in Chatham that Charles Dickens spent most of his childhood and near Rochester for the final years of his life when he returned as an established author in 1856 and based many of his novels on the area. The life, work and times of the author can be discovered at the Guildhall Museum's Dickens Discovery Rooms in Rochester and at Dickens World in Chatham Maritime.
Historic Rochester was also known by many monarchs over the centuries as well as famous seafarers Hawkins, Drake, Nelson and Gillingham-born Will Adams. Nelson's flagship HMS Victory was built at Royal Dockyard, now a major visitor attraction The Historic Dockyard Chatham.