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Plan Your Visit

400 years of Maritime Heritage

80 acres of adventure!

From locally sourced food and drink to family friendly play areas and free parking, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is perfectly set for spending all day or just a few hours.


Food and Drink

Enjoy a variety of delicious meals at our fantastic food outlets. Enjoy great British favourites at the NEW Mess Deck or hearty ‘doorstep’ sandwiches and hot Kent pies at the Wagon Stop Canteen.

Play Areas

Discovery and exploration doesn’t stop at our attractions and galleries. We also have two brilliant outdoor play areas and indoor soft play for our smaller visitors to enjoy.

Free Parking

The Historic Dockyard is delighted to offer its visitors free parking undercover in one of Europe’s oldest widespan metal structures or the South Mast Pond car parks.


The Historic Dockyard has made every effort to ensure that our almost 400 year old 80 acre site offers maximum accessibility for all our visitors.

What's on

Check out what’s going on at The Dockyard – from kids activities, temporary exhibitions to our big events!

Directions & Opening Times

Arrive by car, train, bus or even boat! The Historic Dockyard Chatham is accessible by a wide variety of routes.

For Families!

Plan your day with us to ensure the children are occupied and you have a stress free day…



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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!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Ticket Prices

*Please note, Annual ticket holders get discounts on our 2 main events of the year: The Festival of Steam & Transport and Salute to the ’40s.

  • These are separately ticketed events
  • Annual ticket holders receive a generous discount to our special annual events – please see event pages for further information
  • Annual ticket holders will need to call our box office to purchase event tickets quoting their ticket reference on: 01634 823826
Ticket Type Online Ticket Price On-the-day Ticket Price Additional Info
Adult £22.00 £24.00  –
Concession £19.50 £21.50 Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students
Children £13.00 £14.00 Aged 5 – 15 years
Family £58.00 £63.00 2 Adults and 2 Children or
1 Adult and 3 Children
Additional Family Child £9.50 £10.50 Applicable when adding additional children to a Family Ticket.
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