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Plan Your Visit


80 acres of adventure!


On this page you will find everything you need to know before your visit.

Firstly, when buying your tickets online, simply show your reference number upon arrival and our team will print your tickets for you. To book onto the ropery and submarine tours, you do this at the Plan Your Visit section upon arrival – our team will give you a variety of times to book a time slot, please bring your timed ticket with you.

Tickets to our two main events of the year – The Festival of Steam & Transport and Salute to the ’40s are separately ticketed – ticket holders do get great discounts to these events, please click the event pages for all the information.

We hope you enjoy your visit – remember to share your photos online with the hashtag #400moments – in celebration of our 400th Anniversary!

Don't forget....

Call the Midwife Location Tours

We are pleased to announce that we are now working in partnership with the creators of Call the Midwife, Neal Street Productions to launch the OFFICIAL Call the Midwife tours!

Pirate Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday in true pirate style on our very own ‘Pirate’ ship Gannet.

Our two hour fun packed pirate parties include, games, actives, songs and your very own pirate!

Venue Hire

From fabulous weddings to joyous celebrations, business meetings and luxurious VIP events, small intimate dinners to wondrous Christmas parties, The Historic Dockyard Chatham can cater for it all, creating memorable moments set in history.


Choose from our exciting array of groups offers and discover a day out like no other.

Whether you are a Group Travel Organiser or Youth Group Leader, Language School or Tour Operator, The Historic Dockyard Chatham will have experiences and packages designed to suit your needs.

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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, 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
  • Ticket holders receive a generous discount to our special annual events – please see event pages for further information
  • Ticket holders can now purchase online – please have your ticket at hand to input ticket number reference.  You can also call our box office to purchase tickets on 01634 823826 or on walk up.


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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