Once a small town, Rainham is now a popular residential location. The arrival of the railway in 1858 started the growth but it was in the 1960s when there was a large leap. It forms part of the Medway towns and is often included as part of the Gillingham area.
What is in Rainham?
Located in the centre of the town and built in the late 1970s is Rainham’s Shopping Centre. You can also find a range of independent retailers on the High Street and Station Road. For food and homeware shopping, there’s Iceland Foods, Tesco Metro and Wilko situated in the town centre.
The area is served by four senior schools: Rainham Mark Grammar School, a selective co-educational school, for which the Eleven Plus examination has to be passed. The Howard School is a secondary school for boys, Rainham School for Girls and Leigh Academy Rainham, a brand new mixed comprehensive school that welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2021.
What is there to do in Rainham?
In and around Rainham there are numerous open spaces and parks, ranging from Riverside Country Park which is alongside the Medway estuary, to a purpose-built skatepark within Cozenton Park. Berengrave Nature Reserve is great for a peaceful stroll and scenic if you want to bring a picnic along too. There are also many green spaces which are home to children’s football at the weekends.
For more active pursuits there are gyms, a tennis club and an ice rink that is home to the Invicta Dynamos ice hockey team. Enjoy bouncing in the trampoline park – or for those who prefer their sport to be motorised, there is an electric go-kart track.
There are a variety of cuisines to be found in the area, with both independent and national chains. From traditional fayre in the Manor Farm Beefeater to Turkish in Galata Mezze Bar & Restaurant, Chinese in Hons, Indian cuisine in Sundar Rachana.There are also many coffee shops and cafes, including Nutmegs and pubs like The Cricketers, The White Horse or The Railway (Wetherspoons).
What travel links are there in Rainham?
A fantastic location for commuters, Rainham is about 39 miles Southeast of London. The train station in Rainham has frequent services to London Victoria, London Bridge, Cannon Street and London St Pancras International stations, which can be reached in just under an hour. In the opposite direction, there are rail links with the Kent coast as well as the historic town of Faversham and the city of Canterbury which is only a little over half an hour away.
There are several local buses run by Arriva that run throughout the day to nearby areas. If you are looking to travel further afield and go abroad the closest airport is London Gatwick which takes just under an hour to reach by car, as does the channel tunnel.