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Educational Tours at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Educational Tours to Open a World of Discoveries for youngsters

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  educational tours and 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

Home Educators

Home Educators can take advantage of the Learning Rates and Programmes by visiting with other Home Educator families. You will need a group of 15 school aged children minimum. Adults pay the pupil rate. Children under 5 have free entry. Families with annual tickets also have free entry.

This offer is for term time only and cannot be extended to school holidays or weekends.

To book a visit contact learning@chdt.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming our Home Educated families to the Historic Dockyard Chatham

We couldn't not share this lovely feedback from a child that visited us recently!

We received a lovely thank you card from St Thomas Primary School, Sevenoaks, following their Reception Class visit to the Dockyard. The card reads…

‘To Pirate Kerry. Thank you for helping us to be great pirates.’

‘Thank you for another amazing day out! YR had a great time!’

The workshop in the Ropery was fascinating and really engaged the children – I never expected that part to be so interesting. Children used phrases like… ‘Fantastic,’ ‘Best day ever,’ ‘This place is lovely isn’t it’ to describe their day.’The workshop in the Ropery was fascinating and really engaged the children – I never expected that part to be so interesting. Children used phrases like… ‘Fantastic,’ ‘Best day ever,’ ‘This place is lovely isn’t it’ to describe their day.’

Excellent, informative staff. Passionate about sharing their knowledge. A Year 8 group with apathy before the trip engaged well and enjoyed the day.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham Learning Team is a leading light in museum and historic site education. Their drive and pride in their achievements is an inspiration to others and they have achieved much with 'The 100 objects that made Kent' to help schools focus on local collections. The workshops brings science to life in an historic environment and schools get an experience which cannot be delivered in the classroom. Any school visiting can be certain that they will get an experience which enhances their work in school with activities delivered by a professional team. The service has maintained its very high standards since the Award was granted in 2013 and they remain at the centre of heritage education in Kent.

‘I would like to say a massive thank you, the children had a great time and learnt so much . Please could you extend my thanks once again to our guides, who were not only extremely knowledgeable but had a great way of putting the information across to the children in an exciting yet simple way, so that they could fully understand the information at all times.’ - Year 2 Kingfisher Primary School

‘Experiencing the Air Raid Shelter first hand was far more enlightening than just discussions in class. Both the children and staff found the visit very informative and an enjoyable experience.’ - Southborough Church of England Primary School, Tunbridge Wells

‘It’s the hands on experiences that children remember.’ - St George’s Church of England Primary, Wrotham

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’