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400 years of Maritime Heritage

80 acres of adventure

An hour’s drive from London, Dover and the Channel Tunnel, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is just a short distance from the M25 and located close to Chatham and Gillingham (Kent) railway stations.

With free parking on offer for all visitors and close proximity to local amenities The Historic Dockyard is an attraction perfectly suited to a full day’s outing or many little trips throughout the year.

 * Please note that annual tickets do not include our 2 events – the Festival of Steam & Transport and Salute to the ’40s.

  • These are separately ticketed events
  • Annual ticket holders receive around a 50% discount off these tickets
  • Annual ticket holders will need to call our box office to purchase event tickets quoting their ticket reference on: 01634 823826

Closure notices:

In preparation for our new temporary exhibition – Breaking the chain, The No.1 Smithery will be closed at certain intervals during the day, for the installation process. The dates that are affected are:

  • Tuesday 16th May
  • Tuesday 30th May
  • Wednesday 31st May 

On Thursday 8th June, we are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway. We will be closed on this day to the general public.. For any enquiries on these closures please call our offices on – 01634 823800

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.

Accessibility

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…

 

News!

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Ticket Prices

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.
Buy ANNUAL Tickets

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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