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Directions for travel
- London, the north and west; M25, A2/M2 (16 miles, 25 km from M25 Dartford Crossing)
- Dover; A2/M2 (47 miles, 76 km)
- Canterbury; A2/M2 (31 miles, 50 km)
- Folkestone (Tunnel Terminal); M20/A20, at Maidstone A229 (42 miles, 67 km)
- Ramsgate; A253, A299, A2/M2 (45 miles, 72km)
- Ashford; M20, A229 (27 miles, 43km)
- Tonbridge; A26, M20, A229 (21 miles, 34km)
From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise) and from the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Leave M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, where the A2 becomes the M2 at junction 1 leave the motorway and continue on the A2 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A289 and the Medway Tunnel. Take the first exit directly after emerging from the tunnel, turn right at the end of slip road, leading up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.
From the South-East: Leave M2 at junction 4 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A278, A2 and A289. Take the last exit just before the Medway Tunnel, signposted Chatham and Historic Dockyard. At the end of the slip road, turn left up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.
Satellite Navigation: The postcode for Drill Hall Library car park is ME4 4EU. The car park is guarded by a barrier at the end of North Road, so you will need to press the buzzer if the barrier is lowered.
If you have come by car, please park in the Drill Hall Library car park which is free of charge to University of Kent visitors or, if full, the large car park at Chatham Historic Dockyard. Please note there is a small parking charge for a full day’s parking at the Historic Dockyard.
Applicants coming to Medway for Visit Days are given an orange parking permit so that they can park in the Dockyard for free.
Enter the Medway campus via the main entrance on Maritime Way, immediately bear left into Pembroke Road and continue along into North Road (beware of the speed bumps). Continue to the end of North Road, passing the back of the Pilkington Building, and the long library building on your right, pass the Rowan Williams Building on your left and turn right into the entrance of the Drill Hall car park. The entrance is guarded by a barrier, to gain access you will need to press the button on the barrier and speak to the attendant.
Chatham Historic Dockyard is across the roundabout outside the main entrance to the campus and offers free parking to University of Kent visitors. From the roundabout outside the campus entrance (at the junction of Maritime Way and Dock Road) take the exit signposted for the Historic Dockyard. Continue up Western Avenue, passing the Encore hotel on your left, and take the first exit at the next roundabout. This will lead you into the large Historic Dockyard car park.
Satellite navigation: The postcode for the Historic Dockyard car park is ME4 4TZ
To walk to the campus main entrance from the car park: either walk back out to the roundabout via Western Avenue and cross Dock Road at the pedestrian crossing; or a shorter route is to take the footpath at the top end of the car park (near the back of the Encore hotel), walk up in front of the Busy Bees Nursery and turn left into Dock Road. Walk down Dock Road and cross at the pedestrian crossing. The main campus entrance is by the roundabout at the bottom of Dock Road.
Accessible parking for drivers with restricted mobility
Arrive at the campus through the main entrance on Dock Road, proceed to the gatehouse. Staff will direct you along Central Avenue (upper level) to the accessible parking bays, situated near to the University of Kent Medway Building. There are also allocated accessible parking bays at our student accommodation, Liberty Quays.
- either Calais to Dover - approx 75 minutes by ferry, one hour by Seacat. P&O Ferries - SeaFrance Ferries
- or Boulogne to Dover - approx 50 minutes by ferry. SpeedFerries (car passengers only)
- or Dunkerque to Dover - two hours by ferry. NorfolkLine (car passengers only)
- then Dover to Chatham - Direct trains from Dover Priory to Chatham every half hour on weekdays (hourly on Sundays). Journey time approx 70 minutes. National Rail Enquiries - Southeastern Trains
- London Heathrow; London Underground to London Victoria railway station (50 mins), train to Chatham (55 mins). London Underground - National Rail Enquiries - Southeastern Trains
- London Gatwick; Gatwick Express to London Victoria (30 mins four times each hour), train to Chatham (55 mins). Gatwick Express - National Rail Enquiries - Southeastern Trains
- London Stansted; Train to Tottenham Hale station (30mins), London Underground to London Victoria (25 mins), train to Chatham (55 mins) National Rail Enquiries - One Railway - Southeastern Trains
- London Luton; Train to London St Pancras railway station (35 mins), London Underground to London Victoria (20 mins), train to Chatham (55 mins). National Rail Enquiries - Thameslink Trains - Southeastern Trains
The Channel Tunnel
- From France and Belgium; take the Eurostar to Ebbsfleet - journey time approx: 2 hours from Paris; 1 hour from Lille; 2 hours from Brussels. Then bus to Gravesend, 10 minutes (check times with Fastrack); then train to Chatham, 20 minutes (check times with Southeastern Trains) Eurostar - Southeastern Trains - Fastrack
- From France (by road/rail) take Le Shuttle from Calais to the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal. From the terminal, follow signs to London (M20/A20). At Maidstone, take the A229 to Chatham. EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle) See 'road' information.
Go to www.nationalrail.co.uk for rail information. Chatham train station is the most accessible station for the campus and has regular services from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, London Victoria, Ramsgate and Dover. Call 08457 484950 for train times and further information. There are various bus stops and a taxi rank outside Chatham train station. A taxi to the campus from the station will take approximately 10 minutes or see local bus information.
A new high speed service is available from London St Pancras to Ebbsfleet International with a journey time of approx 20 minutes. From Ebbsfleet you can catch a connecting train to Chatham which takes approx 20 minutes.
- London Victoria to Chatham: Journey time approx 55 minutes.
- Dover – direct trains from Dover Priory to Chatham every half hour on weekdays. Journey time approx 70 minutes.
- Ramsgate – direct trains from Ramsgate to Chatham every half hour on weekdays. Journey time approx 70 minutes.
From Chatham train station: Arriva buses 100,140 and 141 leave frequently from the bus stops outside Chatham train station and take approximately 15 minutes to get to the campus. The bus stop for these services is on Dock Road, just outside the campus entrance. This is known as the Chatham Maritime stop or the Compass Centre stop.
From elsewhere in Medway: Arriva bus 116 travels through the Medway campus itself from Chatham waterfront bus station through to Hempstead Valley.
For more bus information, please contact Arriva on 0871 2002233.