Our Impressions of Priestfield Stadium
This is what we would call a typical Division 2 ground, although the Gills are currently extending & redeveloping. The away end at this ground leaves a lot to be desired!!! Our reviewer said 'The toilets at the Priestfield should be donated to biological science, as I am sure there are things growing here, that are unknown to man kind!'. Seriously though, there were only 4 urinals between all the away fans, so you can imagine the size of the queues after all that beer! The away end is all terracing, and is uncovered, so if rain is forecast, then expect to get wet!
Paul, a Gills fan, has e-mailed us, and says 'A new 3,200 permanent all-seater stand has replace the temporary seats. This will be called the 'Brain Moore Stand', after the legendary commentator and life-long Gills fan, who died in 2001. Unusually, it's planned to accommodate the away fans in the new stand. Exact details have yet to be arranged as to how seats will be allocated, as with all games, the stand will be shared between home and away fans. Obviously, the larger clubs with big followings will most likely fill out the stand. The club are selling season tickets in that stand, so God knows how it will all work.'
The remaining three sides of the ground are tidy, especially the 'Medway Stand', which is quite impressive.
Directions to Priestfield Stadium
The ground is located on the east side of Gillingham, so continue on the M2 and exit at junction 4. At the roundabout follow the signs to Gillingham A278. Continue along the A278, straight over the next two roundabouts, (following signs for town centre). At the third roundabout take the first exit signposted Gillingham/Chatam A2. Continue along this road for half a mile, passing 'The Gillingham Business Park' & the 'Right Honourable Pilot' pub. Continue straight over the next roundabout and then turn right at the traffic lights into Woodlands Road. Continue along Woodlands Road, straight over the mini roundabout to the traffic light (...you can see the flood lights from here!). Turn left at these lights into Canadian Road, and then first right into Toronto Road. Continue along Toronto Road, and then turn left into Gordon Road (Note: this is one way). The away end is at the far end of the ground, so we suggest that you continue to the far end of Gordon Road, and find a car park.
There are regular trains to Gillingham on Saturdays and midweek from London Victoria. From the exit of the station turn left and then immediately left again into Balmoral Road. Continue straight over the crossroads, and into Priestfield Road towards the ground.
Bus numbers 101, 132, 136, 182 and 183 run from Chatham Bus Station at the Pentagon Shopping Centre to Gillingham Town Centre.
Local Area around Priestfield Stadium
Plentiful street-parking but best spaces go quickly. Permit holders only until 10pm midweek. May be easier parking in the town centre.
Follow the directions above, and instead of turning right into Woodland Road, continue straight through the lights. The cash machine is located at the Esso Service station, just past the Star Pub. This must be the easiest to find, as the rest of the cash points are located within the town centre.
Pubs Near Priestfield Stadium
This is a large pub that's only a 5 minute walk from the ground, and is located at the junction of Sturdee Avenue / Toronto Road. On the day we visited, the pub was very busy, and mainly contained Gillingham supporters, although they are a friendly bunch. There are two pool tables, although one of these was out of action due to the crowd. The beer is good, and there is food served all day. This pub also has a great beer garden.
This is a very large pub, located just past the Woodland Road traffic light. Don't turn right here, into Woodland Road, continue straight, and the pub is located on the left hand side. There are three pool tables, numerous TV screens (...no sky though!), good music, good food and ale. What more can you ask for. There is also a reasonably sized car park, and the pub doesn't get that busy, so it's recommended for the early arrivers.
The Will Adams
Located at 73 Saxton Street, this pub is also a popular choice with visiting fans.
The Southern Belle
Located at 170 Gillingham High Street, this one is ideal for those arriving by train.
Try any of the pubs belowâ€¦
Dog and Bone - Located in James Street
The Napier Arms - Located in Britton Street
The Falcon - Located in Marlborough Road
The Livingstone Arms - Located in Livingstone Circus.
Fast Food Near Priestfield Stadium
Near The Ground
Claire has e-mailed us, and say 'Inside the ground the food on offer is mostly pies and pasties (the chicken balti pie being particularly popular-but there is a vegetarian option-Cheese and onion pastie. There is also a good Mr Sizzle burger van just outside The Wanderer which sells veggie burgers.