The Historic Dockyard Chatham

A visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham - one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail’ – will prove to be quite an adventure.

Step aboard the Three Historic Warships and discover over 100 years of life at sea. Don't miss the Victorian Naval Sloop HMS Gannet, Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, and Cold War Submarine Ocelot!  

Discover Command of the Oceans, a new gallery that reveals the full dockyard story for the first time and in a way never told or seen before through state of the art audio visuals and interactives. 

Explore Steam Steel and Submarines which tells the powerful story of the 19th and 20th Century dockyard and find yourself at the heart of Chatham's incredible shipbuilding heritage; imagine life as a Victorian Rope Maker as you visit the quarter-mile long Ropery that has been making rope for Britain's ships since 1618, plus the fantastic digital theatre experience in the Hearts of Oak gallery as you join retired Master Shipwright John North as he revisits the Dockyard of his youth and encourages his young grandson to follow in his footsteps.

Delve into the treasure house that is No. 1 Smithery which showcases exciting collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums! Keeping Britain Afloat  provides a snapshot of extraordinary and insightful memories from over fifty veterans from the Second World War.

As well as all these fantastic attractions to explore, the Dockyard's varied programme of events and activities are popular throughout the year.

At the Dockyard, all tickets are valid for a year, giving visitors 12 months to enjoy the fantastic array of attractions found at this amazing 80 acre estate. 

A collection of really BIG ‘things’ in 3 Slip The BIG Space is unearthed and you can marvel at the incredible wooden roof structure.  Heroic stories are told in the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection and for those who would like a little peace and quiet, a visit the tranquil Commissioner's garden is a must. The children can let off steam in the Railway Workshop Refuel and Play indoor soft play or the outdoor adventure play areas.

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