Most notable former residents of Sheerness and Blue Town include Sir Stanley Hooker, inventor of the VTOL engine; Dr Richard Beeching, reorganizer of the British rail network; Michael Crawford, actor; Rod Hull, entertainer.

One road sign has caught the attention of the public due to being shown a bit of creative licence by engineers

Situated in the southeast corner of England, Kent is an easy place to get to whether you're travelling by road, rail or air

Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not always be available to assist - booking is recommended

Brim-full of nostalgic, old-world seaside charm, Broadstairs boasts glorious beaches and bays, famous literary connections and wealth of inviting cafes, restaurants and bars.

The nearest towns to Sheerness are Minster, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east, and Queenborough, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. The villages of Minster-on-Sea and Halfway Houses are 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-east, and the village of Grain is 2 miles (3.2 km) to the west, across the River Medway.

Kent is an ideal short break or holiday destination, and offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets

All the week's football results and fixtures. 1

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh was no fan of referee Carl Boyeson after Saturday’s showing. 9

Route planning around the station including maps and platforms

Who will you be travelling with?

Beginning with the construction of a pier and a promenade in the 19th century, Sheerness acquired the added attractions of a seaside resort. Industry retains its important place in the town and the Port of Sheerness is one of the United Kingdom's leading car and fresh produce importers. The town is the site of one of the UK's first co-operative societies and also of the world's first multi-storey building with a rigid metal frame.

Sheerness-on-Sea railway station is on the Sheerness Line, run by the Southeastern rail company. The line connects Sheerness with the town of Sittingbourne, 6 miles (10 km) south on the mainland of Kent. Sittingbourne is on the Chatham Main Line, which connects London with Ramsgate and Dover in East Kent. Train journeys from Sheerness-on-Sea to London Victoria take 1 hour 45 minutes.[48]

A 22-year-old has been questioned by police in connection with a street attack which left another man with "life-changing injuries".

No passenger ferry services currently operate from Sheerness, although Olau Line used to run a ferry service to Vlissingen in the Netherlands from 1974 until 1994.

Sheerness has a library and clubs for photography, music, singing, dancing and writing. The youth club in Meyrick Road, in East Sheerness has been operational for over 50 years and has played a vital role in the development of many young people.[44]

At the 2001 UK census,[29][30] Sheerness had a population of 11,654. The Office for National Statistics estimated the population in mid-2005 to be 11,000, a decrease of 5.6% since the 2001 census.[31]

The average annual rainfall in Sheerness is 28 inches (711 mm). The average annual duration of sunshine is 1,700 hours; the months May to August have the most hours of sunshine. On average, there are fewer than six days of lying snow per year, and 16 days with thunder per year.[28]

When do you plan to visit?

Information to plan your onward journey is available in a printable format here

The award winning beach is served by good rail and road links with parking that includes blue badge spaces.

KMTV Bulletin - Monday 12th September 2016

At the 2001 UK census, 4,292 of the town's residents were employed and there were 5,532 jobs within the town.[38] According to Office for National Statistics estimates, the average gross weekly income of households in Sheerness from April 2001 to March 2002 was £385 (£20,075 per year).[38]

The journalists from the Times Guardian provide regular news updates throughout the day, alongside all the latest Kent news and sport from the rest of the KentOnline network from the KM Media Group.

Click here to read our KM newspapers online.

The mean annual temperature in Sheerness is 10 °C (50 °F). The average annual maximum temperature is 14 °C (57 °F), and the average annual minimum temperature is 6 °C (43 °F). The warmest time of the year is July and August, when maximum temperatures average 21 °C (70 °F). The coolest time of the year is January and February, when minimum temperatures average 2 °C (36 °F).[28]


The main commercial and leisure areas of the town are located around the north coast, where there is easy access to the pleasure beach. The industrial areas are in the west, beside the wetlands and the River Medway. The Bluetown industrial area and the Port of Sheerness are in the north-western part of the town. The residential districts of Mile Town and Marine Town are in the central and the eastern areas respectively.

Join in for the annual Braderie in the lovely seaside town of Deal, nr Dover, and celebrate the nation's best craft, collectables, antiques and odds and ends.

Staff may not always be available during staffing times to provide assistance and booking assistance, if required,in advance is advised although not compulsory

Gillingham conceded twice in the last 15 minutes as they left Port Vale with nothing. 57

KMTV Bulletin - Thursday 15th September 2016

An 800 acre site set in an area of outstanding natural beauty – perfect for fishing, cycling and boating or simply soaking up the pretty view.

The town's low rainfall and ample sunshine made it popular as a seaside resort, with tourists arriving by steamboat and train.[8] The Sheppey Light Railway opened in 1901, connecting the new Sheerness East station with the rest of the island. However, by 1950, lack of demand led to the railway's closure.[9] The Sheerness and District Tramways, which opened in 1903, only lasted until 1917.[10]

Enjoy sixteen days of art, literature, music and film curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary in Gravesend.

Perfect as a touring base or a day trip destination, visit our dedicated website for endless possibilities for groups in Kent

In 1944 the United States cargo ship SS Richard Montgomery ran aground and sank 1 mile (1.6 km) off the coast of Sheerness, with large quantities of explosives on board.[11] Due to the inherent danger and projected expense, the ship and its cargo have never been salvaged; if the wreck were to explode, it would be one of the largest non-nuclear explosions of all time. A 2004 report published in New Scientist warned that an explosion could occur if sea water penetrated the bombs.[12]

'That split second has ruined my life'

What would you like to do?

Kent is renowned as the Garden of England and we want you to make it your own. Select the icons to refine the content and find information to suit your needs more quickly.

Sheerness /ʃɪərˈnɛs/ is a town located beside the mouth of the River Medway on the north-west corner of the Isle of Sheppey in north Kent, England. With a population of 13,000 it is the largest town on the island.