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Medway Queen

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Well spent Saturday

We went to see this last week and were pleasantly surprise with the very professional guided tour... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
A major preservation project.

Couldn't go on board the day we went but great to see someone was working on this beautiful piece... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Gillingham Pier | Pier Approach Road, Gillingham ME7 1RX, England
+44 1634 575717
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We went to see this last week and were pleasantly surprise with the very professional guided tour. The knowledge of our guide was extensive, and restoration has so far been completed to a high standard.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank susanthmpsn1
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Couldn't go on board the day we went but great to see someone was working on this beautiful piece of history. Sadly it looks like the winter has taken its toll on the paintwork, but still she evokes grandeur and nostalgia. Great to see she...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BargeeGirl
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The Medway Queen has lurched from one crisis to another over the decades since I first saw her as a child in the early Fifties. The work to restore her is extensive and magnificent - and costly. But midweek, it appears to be completely closed.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank gl8246
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Making a visit to the ship that rescued my father from Dunkirk was a very emotional experience and the wonderful volunteers could not have been more welcoming, they made a tremendous fuss of our family and made our visit very memorable. As with all voluntary...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Newton563
Reviewed 20 April 2018

An important part of history, preserved, maintained, and in restoration. My Grandfather was sent to the Medway Queen in hasty preparation for the Dunkirk evacuations. What a delight to see it being restored. There's a long way to go as yet, and this is very...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Morser221
Reviewed 17 December 2017

I am astonished that the previous reviewer is so ignorant as to what this vessel represents to the culture and heritage of Britain. To make such dumb comments is also unbelievably disrespectful to the people who have worked so tirelessly to preserve this national treasure....More

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank Woolie M
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Very disappointing. Can be found hidden down Pier Approach Road off Pier Road and sign posted as "Historic Ships". Only Medway Queen can be seen birthed in the oozing mud. Not sure were the pier is? Area usually, full of parked cars and industrial units,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank John H
Reviewed 28 October 2017

A fascinating reworking of this classic paddle steamer. Small but interesting visitor centre and a most informative and friendly staff.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The Medway Queen, of Dunkirk fame, can be found moored at Gillingham Pier on the Pier Approach Road and is a rare example of a flush rivet hulled paddle steamer. Moored along the pier are also the ex-minesweeper, Tongham (Ham class of 1957) and the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank WWTravellerKent
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This historic paddle steamer was one of the 'little ships' of Dunkirk in 1940 playing a key role in the evacuation of thousands of soldiers at that time. After laying derelict for many years the boat has now had a full hull rebuild and is...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank fork_handles
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