Fort Amherst

Another great place to visit if you’re in the Medway area is Fort Amherst. I took the family along yesterday to visit the Napoleonic Fortress which sits overlooking Chatham. It was built in the 18th Century to protect the then Royal Dockyard from land based attacks as well as providing improved defence of the River Medway.

Entry to the Fort Amherst site itself is free, and is a great starting point for those who wish to explore the historic Great Lines Heritage Park, a proposed World Heritage Site which stretches from Upnor Castle all the way to Gillingham.

It really is a great place for all the family to visit, with plenty to see and do. The cafe is well stocked with reasonably priced food and drink, and all the staff and volunteers provide a friendly welcome. The views over Chatham and the Medway Towns from the top of the site are spectacular, particularly when the sun is shining (which unfortunately only showed itself fleetingly during our visit).

If you do visit, I would thoroughly recommend taking the guided tour of the caves, the cost of which compares very favourably with similar guides at places such as Chislehurst Caves and lasts a lot longer with more to see. The tunnels, extended between 1776 and 1805,  acted as the local Civil Defence HQ during the Second World War, and the enthusiastic and knowledgable guide on our tour gave us all a great insight into how this once near-impenetrable fortress played such a key role in the defence of North Kent and our country as a whole.

Overall, a huge thumbs up for Fort Amherst.


About Chris Irvine

Husband. Father. Libertarian. Glenman. Liverpool fan. Singer. Songwriter. Ulsterman. Glass half full kinda guy. Smoker.

Posted on April 12, 2012, in Chatham, Chris Irvine, Medway, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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