Chatham is most famous for its maritime history and phenomenally productive dockyard. For the best part of 150 years, the town built the majority of the British Empire's ships - including HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. That's not to say that rail took a backseat, however. When the line arrived in 1858 it played a significant role in the town's continued prosperity, shuttling workers and VIPs back and forth from the dock.
The station building, which straddles the track, has a sunshine-coloured exterior and arced window frames. It's a welcoming sight, as the station is uniquely positioned between two tunnels and trains arrive into town shrouded in darkness. Chatham's standout attractions are only a bus ride away and include Fort Amherst, a Georgian fortress built to protect the dockyard; the Royal Engineers Museum featuring tanks and a Harrier jump jet; and the 80-acre Historic Dockyard displaying warships and lifeboats. Dickens World, with the sounds and smells of the 19th century, is also worth a visit.