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Explore A place
like no other


Tours

All included in your entry ticket!

We have 2 tours available for visitors to discover. Both of these are included in your annual ticket. To book onto a tour, please make your way down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will then book you onto the tour for the day. We have a variety of times throughout the day, but please book as soon as you arrive to avoid any disappointment!

The Ropery

Weekdays and weekends

Victorian Ropery Tour 

Take the Victorian Ropery Tour and ‘learn the ropes’ with a foreman from 1875. Discover why the enormous double Ropewalk is nearly ¼ mile long

Weekday Only

Live Demonstrations 12.30pm

Rope has been made here for 400 years and we still make it today – for lots of customers! This means you can witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations by the Master Ropemakers!

Weekend Only

Rope Walk Talk 

Our Master Ropemakers have a much needed break at the weekend but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see what goes on. Get the behind the scenes feel and discover the machinery used.

HMS Ocelot

Walk through – 15 minutes

This tour is for those that want to have a feel of what life was like on-board! Swing through the hatches and discover the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham!

Guided Tour – 30 minutes

This is for those that want a little more detail on how all 69 men lived on-board for up to 10 hours at a time underwater! HMS Ocelot was made for the perfect surveillance vessel and were selected to undertake missions in the deep waters of the world’s oceans – some of which remain top secret!

Command
of the
oceans

This exhibition reveals the full dockyard story. Immerse yourself in the vivid Hearts of Oak audio-visual gallery and explore four superb new interactive galleries which lead onto discovering the ship beneath the floor… you will be amazed!

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RNLI HISTORIC
LIFEBOATS
COLLECTION

Discover over 100 years of RNLI history amongst the largest collection of Historic Lifeboats in the UK.

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THE
MESS DECK

This is located in our free to enter centre – pop in for a coffee and cake, or treat yourself to our famous Fish & Chips. With plenty of seating and a generous menu – you will not be leaving hungry!

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3 SLIP
THE BIG SPACE

Marvel at an architectural delight up on the mezzanine floor then explore BIG items from The Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers Museum on display on the ground floor.

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THREE
HISTORIC
WARSHIPS

Step aboard HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet and HM Ocelot. Experience over 10—years of life at sea.
*Please book your tour of HM Ocelot upon arrival

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NO.1
SMITHERY

World-class collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and the Imperial War Museums. Unlock fascinating stories surrounding fantastic ship models, paintings and incredible objects.

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COMMISSIONERS
HOUSE

Completed in 1704 for the Commissioner & his family. This is now used as a hired venue for: weddings, civil partnerships, renewing vows, birthday parties, anniversaries, social & corporate dinners, training days & business meetings.

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THE
VICTORIAN ROPERY

Experience life as a Victorian Rope maker with a personal guide in character. There are opportunities to make your own rope before seeing the dramatic ¼-mile ropewalk!

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STEAM, STEEL
& SUBMARINES

Experience The Dockyard story through the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars and be inspired by the innovation and bravery of those who worked here and discover their contribution to the Royal Navy.

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Wagon Stop
Canteen

Enjoy one of our hearty pies, doorstop sandwiches or our delicious sausage rolls. A soft play area is inside allowing children to let off steam whilst adults can sit back with a coffee!

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Local Attractions

Explore local attractions linked to Chatham Dockyard and its Defences.

Dockyard Explorers

Join the Captain’s Cat to explore the Dockyard.