The Glamvan at Allhallows
Places to visit
A site of international maritime heritage significance and the most complete Dockyard of the Age of Sail in the world.
Eighty acres in size, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has over 100 buildings and structures – the majority of which were constructed between 1704 and 1855.
One of Britain’s leading maritime heritage attractions with Three Historic Warships, a working Victorian Ropery, Historic Lifeboat Collection, Dockyard Railway, Hearts of Oak digital theatre and play areas, plus magnificent collections from 2 national museums.
New interactive galleries take you on a voyage back to the ‘age of sail, where powerful stories are unearthed revealing the incredibly important historical role of Chatham Dockyard.
With its magnificent castle built in 1087, awe inspiring Cathedral and quaint Victorian high street, Rochester is a must for you to visit. It has many links with the famous author Charles Dickens with many of its buildings featured in his novels and his former home just a few miles away in Higham. The City holds various colourful festivals throughout the year including The Sweeps Festival on May Day weekend and the Dickens Festival in the first week of June. There are also various concerts held in the grounds of the Castle during the summer.
Thanet and its beaches
The Isle of Thanet is home to 15 different coves and sandy beaches with the Royal harbour of Ramsgate with its regency architecture, the quintessential seaside town of Broadstairs and vintage pleasure park at Margate you are spoilt for choice here.
Bluewater Shopping Centre
With over 300 stores, 50 bars and restaurants, 13,000 free parking spaces, a 17 Screen Showcase Cinema, and Gravity Trampoline Park, Bluewater makes for an incredible shopping and leisure experience.
Dockside Shopping Centre
Dockside is home to an Odeon Cinema, Flip Out Trampoline Park and a large array of shops. It is also surrounded by a good choice of restaurants including Nandos, Pizza Hut and Creams. It is also perfectly situated to combine with a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard just across the road.
Visitors never forget their first breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for almost 900 years.
With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, spectacular events, special tours and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again!
Upnor and Upnor Castle
Constructed in 1559 on the banks of the Medway, Upnor Castle is an Elizabethan Artillery Fort built to defend the warships of Elizabeth I. The picturesque villages of Lower and Upper Upnor are both well worth visiting and have a variety of pubs and restaurants.
The Fen Bell Inn
Just a few minutes drive from the park, this 17th century inn offers a good range of real ales and home made dishes on their lovely menu. The pub is also home to its very own rescued animals centre where it looks after over 100 rescued animals including lemurs and monkeys!
One for a rainy day? Cineworld is situated on Medway Valley Park where you can also grab a meal at a number of different restaurants including Frankie & Benny's, Hungry Horse, Chiquito, Coast to Coast, McDonalds, and Creams.
Howletts Wild Animal Park
Set in 90 acres of beautiful ancient parkland this award winning wildlife park has a sole aim of animal conservation, the breeding and re-introduction into the wild of its animals. It has the largest herd of African elephants in the UK and many many more animals too.
There are so many reasons to visit Gravesend it is hard to list them all here. It has a wealth of riverside heritage to visit. My personal favourites are The Gordon Gardens (pictured); Promenade and cafe; New Tavern Fort and the wonderful views from Windmill Hill. It has become famous for being the final resting place of the legendary Pocohontas. It has good rail links to London and also the continent via the new Ebbsfleet High Speed Rail Terminal. You can also travel via river boat too on various excursions and trips up river.
Originally constructed during Napoleonic times in preparation for a possible invasion, Chatham’s Fort Amherst was also used as a civil defence centre in both world wars. The Fort has been in a near constant state of restoration since the 1980’s by the Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, a charity who works hard to manage and maintain the vast site whilst sympathetically returning its grounds and buildings to their original state to ensure Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress can be enjoyed by all.
Fort Amherst offers visitors:
This iconic circuit previously host to some epic F1 battles, is now host to a variety of motorsports including British Touring Cars, Superbikes, GT and F3 racing. It also offers a wide range of driving gift experiences, take a look at the website to see what may be on whilst you are staying with us if you are a motorsports fan!
St Andrew's Lakes
St Andrews Lakes boast an amazing range of water-based activities and stunning floating lodges complete with their very own decking areas and private hot tubs!
As a former quarry they have transformed the site into a superb beautiful blue lake reserve, complete with sandy beaches, a fantastic range of water and land based activities aimed at all ages.
A beautifully set and incredibly thrilling 600m zip wire is due to open for July 2023. So whatever you decide to do at this wonderful location you will be sure to have an amazing time and feel as though you are abroad without having to deal with the inconvenience of flying to get there!
Once you have had a session on the Aqua Park or had a paddle around the lake on one of the paddle boards take a look around the onsite water sports shop, then take a break at the beach hut cafe which serves delicious quality homemade food and drinks, or you can order a stone baked pizza take away to help you recharge and get you ready for your next activity!