If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous then you can’t go past a trip out to the Maunsell Forts in the Thames Estuary. Built during WW2 to defend the United Kingdom from enemy air strikes, they are like something out of ‘War of the Worlds’ as they rise up from the water. Imposing and brutal, they are a staunch reminder of darker times. These Forts are closed to visitors, but we can sail right between them, giving you a fish eye view of their impressive structures.
Although we can’t drop you off there, it’s worth checking out Hoo Fort and Darnett Fort situated just opposite Gillingham. Built in 1872 because of fears of a Napoleonic invasion, they were originally designed to trap ships between them with an onslaught of gunfire from each side. Thankfully the invasion never materialised so the Forts never saw battle at that time. In WW2 they were used as observation posts and played a vital role in keeping the German Luftwaffe at bay, particularly during the Battle of Britain fought over the skies of Kent.