The home of Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club is along the route of the Maidstone River Park.

The clubhouse and launching steps are located between the High Level Bridge and the Kent Messenger Millennium Bridge, opposite Freedom Fitness. Road access is via James Whatman Way.

The Millennium Commission, as part of the River Park project, funded the launching steps.

Rowing has taken place on the Medway since Roman times. Modern rowing started in the 1870s and the present club was started in 1984. Since 1984 MIRC has been able to function thanks to the generosity of the Royal Engineers Rowing Club and the MoD who allowed the club to run from what was originally the Royal Engineers Rowing Club’s boathouse at the old Barracks Maidstone.

The old army barracks ceased to operate in 1990, and in 2000 the club gained a 199 year lease on a one acre site consisting of three old World War II Army huts. Two of the huts are used as boathouses and one has been turned into a training hut.


James Whatman Way
ME14 1LQ

Open hours

Varies – see club website for details