The Medway Queen was ordered in 1923 and entered service on the Strood-Chatham-Southend-Herne Bay route the following year until the beginning of World War II, when she was requisitioned in 1939 and converted for mine sweeping. Her civilian life resumed in 1946/7 and she made her last voyage in 1963 when she became a restaurant and nightclub. After sustaining damage to her hull and being semi-submerged, she is now owned by the Medway Queen Preservation Society which was formed in 1985 to restore her.

Opening Hours
Until 10th December 2022
Last admission 3pm.

Annual ticket price
Adult: £5
Accompanied children under 16  years: Free
Visitor Centre with museum and shop: Free to enter.

Disabled access is limited.

Advisory Notes
Access may be limited due to tides, and it may also occasionally be necessary to close the ship to visitors because of the restoration work.


Picture Credit: © Medway Queen Preservation Society.


Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1RX, UK

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