Situated on the western arm of Gillingham pier, The Medway Queen Preservation Society’s wheelchair accessible visitor center holds a number of Medway Queen models, memorabilia and gift shop and tells the story of the Medway Queen paddle steamer. How she, although built for pleasure cruises, played a vital role in British defence and the rescue of approximately 7000 allied troops from the Dunkirk beaches during WW2 and, as recently as 1960s, became the go-to-place for parties and weddings on the Isle of Wight.

A guided tour begins in the visitor center and takes in the workshop, where visitors can see current renovation, rebuild and restoration work undertaken by volunteers during the week and the Medway Queen herself. While on board ship, as well as seeing fixture & fitting installation progress, stories from past crew members, rescued soldiers, day-trip passengers and restaurant staff are retold by tour guides bringing the evocative surroundings to life.

  • Opening Times: Sat, 11am to 4pm (last admission 3pm)
  • Cost:
    • Visitor Centre admission is free.
    • Ship admission £5 per adult (Accompanied children under 16 free), tickets valid for one year

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