Why Rent in Gillingham vs Chatham?

Why Rent in Gillingham vs Chatham?

Are you planning a trip to Kent? Some of the more popular towns in the Medway region in Kent are Gillingham and Chatham. Whether you’re travelling here for business or pleasure, we’ve decided to compare the two towns for the purpose of establishing the better one in which to stay.


Situated on the River Medway and only 45 minutes away from London Central via train, Gillingham is a quaint little town that forms part of the Medway conurbation in Kent.

Home to some incredible eateries and pubs, as well as a waterpark, museum and castle, it is a great option for accommodation if you have business in Maidstone or London.

Church in Gillingham

Where to eat:

The Hollywood Bowl

All-day restaurant delivering large portions of classic US dishes, including steaks and burgers.

Beijing Inn

The ever-popular Beijing Inn is a Chinese restaurant with that has an aquarium inside! It has an extensive menu of classic dishes, as well as takeaway options.

Morley’s Chicken:

Easily the best fried chicken south of London, this place is always super busy and for good reason! It’s delicious and the perfect dinner for a busy professional.

Where to have a drink:

The Ship Inn

A lovely, traditional English pub that has regular open mic and pub quiz nights. Also known for their delicious pub grub.

Past & Present

After winning the Medway CAMRA Pub of the Year award in 2017 and 2018 the place is understandably popular. It was the first micropub in the entire Medway are and serves delicious ale’s!

What to do:

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre

Shop the latest fashion at this grand mall in Gillingham which includes over 50 stores such as Sainsbury’s, Pandora and Argos. There are many places to eat too with Bella Italia and Nando’s just two of the many options.

Strand Leisure Park

An enjoyable seafront water park with an open-air swimming pool. If you’re looking to keep up your fitness routine while on a business trip, then you can get your laps in here.

It’s also right next to the Segas Sailing club if you fancy a bit of sea adventure.



Chatham is a Medway town situated within the unitary authority, in Northern Kent, South East England. Widely known for its dockyard which closed in 1984, it still has a flourishing tourist industry because of the remaining naval buildings.

It’s a quaint little town, but there’s not much to do unless you enjoy long walks in the countryside and spending your free time at a maritime museum.

Of course, it has some decent eateries and bars:

Prince of Wales Chatham

Located in the main pedestrian part of Chatham town centre and known for its affordable drinks and delicious pub grub.

Poachers Pocket

Also known for its pub style food and homely atmosphere, Poachers Pocket is a great place to catch up with friends over a few drinks.

Gurkha Brothers

If you’re in the mood for a great curry in an upmarket environment, then this is the place for you, serving classic dishes from Nepal and India.


Turkish and Greek food including speciality seafood in a simple setting, with belly-dancing nights.

Things to do:

Besides the dockyard and vast surrounding countryside, there isn’t much more than visiting the Huguenot Museum, enjoying the green space of Capstone Country Park or kart racing at Buckmore Park.

So, if you’re into small towns with little more than relaxing on the agenda, then this is the place for you.

Gillingham vs Chatham?

If you compare the two towns, the main difference would have to be the accommodation options available.

Both towns have a backpackers, multiple hotels and Bed & Breakfasts, but only Gillingham has serviced apartments.

What is a serviced apartment?

A serviced apartment is a flexible accommodation option, suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Ideal for short or long stays, staying in a serviced apartment is like renting your very own flat but with many of the added benefits of regular accommodation or hotels should you wish to utilise them.

That’s the beauty of this accommodation option, serviced apartments are also fully equipped for self-catering and entreating guests.

It’s a much more affordable option too, perfect for businesses sending their employee’s on business trips.

If you’re looking for accommodation in the Medway area, then we recommend you rent in Gillingham.

View all our serviced apartments available to rent in Gillingham here.

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