Medway Queen

Medway Queen, Gillingham: Hours, Address, Medway Queen Reviews: 4.5/5

Medway Queen
4.5
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Medway Queen Preservation Society is an organisation which is currently being fitted out the paddle steamer 'Medway Queen'. The ship was a minesweeper, and was involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk during the WWII. You can visit the vessel, the visitor centre an the souvenir shop on Saturday (11am-4pm, last admission 3pm or by appointment the other days.
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Toni J
Medway, UK61 contributions
Lovely
May 2021 • Friends
100% dedicated volunteers
We love this ship she was part of Dunkirk 1940
She was a lovely paddle steamer
She’s been a night club

But she has also been so much more then this and the way to view it all is to go see the heroine at Gillingham pier

Make sure to bring some spending money as there gift shop is one of a kind !!
Written June 25, 2021
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Roger F
Rochester, UK1 contribution
Paddle Ship Medway Queen visit - May 2021
Apr 2021 • Friends
Visited on Saturday 22nd May 2021
The Paddle Ship Medway Queen has reopened to visitors.

A very welcoming Visitor Centre by the Car Park is really informative with lots of displays, large graphics and stories and a small gift and memorabilia shop.

You discover the whole story of The Medway Queen. She was one of the Dunkirk little ships. This humble paddle steamer went to rescue over 7,000 men. Several of her crew being decorated for bravery the ship became known as the ‘Heroine of Dunkirk”.

Next to the Visitor Centre is the large engineering workshops. You get to visit this, and see first hand where the volunteer craftsmen work to preserve the ship.

Finally you bird the ship itself, walk the decks, see the engine room and explore the passenger saloons below decks. There are displays and a film story room, The display is titled “Memories of Dunkirk" the real story.

Well worth a visit.
Written May 23, 2021
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paul d
Southampton, UK30 contributions
Cut the bull
Jul 2020
The only problem is that this is not the "original" Medway Queen. It is a replica!
The original was a wreck and beyond any large restoration.
Written January 30, 2021
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CathyG53
London, UK29 contributions
Do go!
Oct 2020 • Couples
A lovely steam vessel with a great history - including a hugely important role at Dunkirk. The volunteers are very enthusiastic and well informed - and putting enormous efforts into restoring the ship as well as involving their visitors in such a special local attraction and its past. Good parking, loos and tour. Very enjoyable.
Written October 24, 2020
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Gina St Clair
Gillingham, UK12 contributions
Medway Queen
Nov 2019
Interesting tour on board. A gift shop close by. With history in photographs also can get hot drinks and snacks ,wold make a pleasant few hours out in the spring /summer
Written January 9, 2020
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SallyAnn McDuff
Westgate-on-Sea, UK576 contributions
Amazing history
Nov 2019 • Couples
Happened to fall upon this at a whim and so glad we did. A place full of history and must be visited and seen.
Paid £5 each (and that gets us back in for a whole year). Was given a tour of the Museum and explained about the life of the Medway Queen, and then given an extensive tour of the paddle steamer.
It’s amazing what the volunteers are doing and the passion they have.
The Streamer is wonderful and great to see it being bought back to life and to see what it has been through and how it helped during WW2.
We will return and I would highly recommend this place to anyone. Allow time. Only open on Saturdays.
Written November 16, 2019
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AlanHathaway
Rochester, UK184 contributions
Full of Atmosphere but in need of support
Nov 2019
A national and local treasure but in such a need for support.

Admittedly it took us far too long to visit but it was always a little unknown what's happening here, however it seems she has been recently opened up to guided tours and certainly an interesting tour well worth the small entrance fee. The museum itself is full of modern detailed information boards and artifacts.

I don't quite understand why it hasn't got the same support as similar projects but it really deserves it.

Please go visit and support if locally.
Written November 9, 2019
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tinaglees0n
Kent, UK39 contributions
Very interesting bit of heritage
Oct 2019
Lovely old boat, under restoration but still worth a visit, the history of this boat is worth preserving and the guided tour was very information without being too long winded. The passion of the volunteer’s is obvious and knowing the heritage of this boat that passion is understandable. I hope they reach their goal of bringing her back to her former glory. Despite being under ongoing restoration there is still plenty to see and well worth the small admission price.
Written October 12, 2019
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Sportsed
1 contribution
You need to see it to understand
May 2019 • Couples
If you haven’t seen the Medway Queen, berthed at Gillingham Pier, Kent, I suggest you stick it on your wish list.
Not because it’s a highly attractive paddle steamer, but because its historical importance will blow you away.
If you’ve seen the film Dunkirk you’ll understand how many small craft travelled across to France to rescue stranded soldiers before they were captured.
What you won’t know is that the Medway Queen made that trip six times and rescued an incredible 6,000 men.
She is now 95 years old and one of the few remaining Dunkirk craft left in one piece.
The ship itself is remarkable; the visitors’ centre a mine of information.
Do me a favour. If you haven’t visited, if you have a sense of history and you enjoy thrilling stories, go to see the Medway Queen. It is well worth it
Written May 25, 2019
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David A
Walsall, UK73 contributions
A Wonderful Group of Enthusiasts
Mar 2019 • Family
One of only 3 Paddle Steamers still afloat in the UK. A work in progress with the emphasis being on creating spaces for groups and events.. Steam engines in place but in much need of restoration - boiler missing due to corrosion. A wonderful thing to behold and well worth a visit to explore the boat and its history (it was a 'Great Little Boat' during the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk
Written March 11, 2019
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Medway Queen is open:
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM