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Learning at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

A World of Discoveries

Learning for all ages

Set in an impressive 80 acre complex, The Dockyard provides a rich, authentic and varied learning environment, ideal for a wide range of group sizes, from small classes to year groups*. Packed with enormous, historic buildings to ignite the imagination, the site has ships to explore and galleries full of fascinating artefacts and stories to discover.

*on a self-directed visit




Thank-you very much for today’s trip. The kids had a great time and learnt a lot although they are utterly exhausted now. Our tour guide for the day was excellent and pitched it perfectly. We will certainly be coming again next year. Holmewood House School - May 2017

Our visit to the Dockyards on Thursday was a success again. Please say a big thank you to all members of staff involved in catering for us. The students enjoyed the three projects, so we will include them again in our programme next year. Vrije Sint-Lambertusscholen, Belgium – May 2017

We just wanted to send a thank you for giving us such a wonderful time at Chatham Dockyard. We really enjoyed going through the Ocelot and making our boats and rockets. Thank you for all your help. Class 5 - Sheldwich Primary School

Thank you for a wonderful day out which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and my staff when visiting the Dockyard, with particular emphasis on how well your staff organised our day. Thank you for all of your kind assistance in making our class trip a truly memorable occasion. – Class Teacher, Sedley’s C of E Primary’

Further Info

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the world’s most complete dockyard of the age of sail and one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations, proves an exciting and memorable learning journey for pupils of all ages.

School Visits

Discover the world class maritime history on this 80 acre site, explore HM Ocelot or get hands on in the working Ropery!

Programmes and Activities

Unearth an amazing array of maritime challenges as you visit the most complete dockyard of the age of sail anywhere in the world.

International School Group Visits

Here at The Historic Docyard Chatham, we offer a warm welcome to International School Visitors, with informative and interactive experiences about the rich culture and heritage of the dockyard

Other Learning Opportunities

Treat your group to a snapshot of authentic British maritime heritage as you explore Chatham’s incredible Royal Navy connections.

Crash out on Cavalier

Youth and education groups can take part in a unique overnight stay experience on board the Royal Navy’s last operational Second World War Destroyer HMS CAVALIER

Temporary Exhibition

Find out what temporary exhibitions are on in the No.1 Smithery – include this gallery within your trip!

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