Living in Gillingham
We cover everything you will need to know in this comprehensive guide about living and working in Gillingham.
House Prices in Gillingham
Renting in Gillingham
What is it like living in Gillingham?
Is Gillingham a safe place?
What are the best neighbourhoods in Gillingham?
Getting around Gillingham
What are the schools like in Gillingham?
University in Gillingham
Eating and Drinking in Gillingham
Shopping in Gillingham
Hotels in Gillingham
Top 10 things to do in Gillingham
Gillingham is a town within the county of Kent, it makes up the large urban area known as Medway Towns with Rochdale and Chatham.
As of the 2011 census the population of Gillingham is 104,157.
In Gillingham property prices over the last year were on average £286,429. Most of the property sales were terraced properties that sold for £233,739 on average. Semi-detached properties were sold for an average of £300,632 and detached properties were sold for £447,381 on average. Over the past 12 months property prices have risen by 3.92%.
The average rental price in Gillingham is £549 per calendar month.
Gillingham does not have the best reputation when it comes to safety. There have been reports in local newspapers that teenagers in particular do not feel safe in the area, with the railway station being a crime hotspot. In October 2020 there were 942 street crimes in Gillingham; most of these were violent crime, followed by anti-social behaviour.
There is the Chatham Waterfront Bus Station which is situated right outside the Pentagon; here you’ll find regular bus services to other retail centres in The Medway.
Airport near Gillingham
The nearest airport to Gillingham is Southend Airport which is 14 miles away. Other nearby airports include London City 23 miles away, London Gatwick 34.8 miles away, London Stansted 36.9 miles away and London Heathrow 43.8 miles away.
Medway Maritime Hospital is the closest hospital in Gillingham. The hospital offers surgical and medical specialties including the West Kent vascular service. The hospital offers a children’s service that is expanding, as well as an intensive care unit.
MidKent university has a campus in Gillingham, which is super modern and boasts some of the best training facilities in the country. All the houses are state of the art and there is a large Learning Resource Centre, refectory and welcoming social zones.
The Bollywood Buffet is the highest rated Indian restaurant in Kent on Tripadvidor. They are a family run place and are known for great customer service and reasonable prices. The food tastes great and you can even get unlimited naan bread, there is also an all you can eat option for £13.95. Even their puddings get rave reviews, which is unusual for an Indian restaurant.
This Greek eatery is perfect for those who love authentic Greek food. You’ll find it in the heart of Gillingham on Watling Street. With hundreds of positive reviews, it’s a safe bet for a good meal. You can also hire the restaurant out for a private event for up to 100 people. The décor is fresh and modern, so you can expect a pleasant experience when you go.
Will’s Fish & Grill
Wills Fish and Grill offers dine in and take away and has a wide range of food. Picky eaters or adventurous foodies will find something they like on the menu; pies, fried chicken, wraps and milkshakes and more. You couldn’t ask for a better selection of comfort food. You can also treat yourself to a great cup of coffee there as well.
This family run restaurant is set in a beautiful 16th century building; you can enjoy the exposed beams and vintage design while tucking in to delicious food. The menu here ranges from European style to Spanish inspired dishes, all cooked with locally sourced ingredients. They host a tapas night every last Thursday of the month. So, don’t miss out next time you’re in Gillingham.
Enthusiastic shoppers may have to come out of Gillingham to the neighbouring Medway counties for a proper shopping experience. You can visit the historic Rochester where you will find unique and boutique shops for unusual gifts and souvenirs in a wealth of independent retailers. On the third Monday of each month you will find the Rochdale Farmers market where you can buy seasonal produce from local growers. If artisan products are more your thing, then you might want to try the Rochester Artisan Market on the second Sunday of every month, you’ll find homemade crafts, works of art and collectables. There is also a Christmas market in Rochester every year.
If you visit Chatham, you’ll find the largest selection of shops. The high street is pedestrianised and there is the Pentagon Shopping Centre where you’ll find hundreds of household and independent retailers.
If you wanted to stay closer to home then Gillingham does have a few things to offer, they have twice weekly markets on Mondays and Saturdays, and there is also a high street that boasts a number of shops. Popular retailers and a wide range of different eateries can also be found at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Gillingham and Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre at Chatham Maritime.
King Charles Hotel
The King Charles is just a 10-minute walk from Gillingham city centre, as well as 10 minutes from the railway station. Every room has en suite bathrooms, a flat screen TV and hairdryers, the hotel also provides free parking. There is a restaurant on site that provides French and English food, you can get evening meals as well as light lunches. If you were to venture out in your car, the Dockside outlet centre is a 5-minute drive and central London is an hour away by car.
Priestfield house is located on Strood, it has a beautiful garden and shared kitchen. At the guest house you will find a desk, TV, and a shared bathroom in all the accommodation. You can get a continental or a buffet breakfast and there will be a kettle in your room.
1.Riverside Country Park
2. Royal Engineers Museum
3. Capstone Farm Country Park
4.Chatham Naval Memorial
6. Medway Queen
7. Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre
8. Planet Ice Gillingham
9. Priestfield Stadium
10. The Strand Leisure Park
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