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The Historic Dockyard Chatham is an 80 acre heritage estate and from time to time we need to undertake routine maintenance and repairs to our buildings, historic ships and galleries.  This is a necessary part of maintaining and making improvements to an internationally important heritage site and where possible, we aim to undertake maintenance work at times that minimise the impact on our visitor experience.

However, sometimes some small disruption can be inevitable and we would like to draw you attention to the following:


Closure Notices

No.1 Smithery Courtyard

No.1 Smithery Courtyard will be closed throughout the day for maintenance to our temporary exhibition gallery.  Permanent exhibition galleries within No.1 Smithery will be open as usual.

Big day out - Saturday 14th October

On Saturday 14th October, we will be the venue for Kent Beavers, Big Day Out! We will be having around 1000 Beavers on site. We are open as usual on this day, but please note that the site will be busier than usual. All exhibitions will be open as normal, with limited tours for the public. We will be having free flow access of the Submarine and Ropery for the beavers – the public are welcome to join these.

Steam Steel & Submarines - 6th & 7th November

Steam, Steel and Submarines will be closed due to a private event. We apologies for any inconveniences.

Salute to the 40s'

16th and 17th September 2017

Become part of our 1940’s Family and be transported back in time for two full days of vintage spirit!  With NEW and EXCITING additions for 2017 this event should NOT be missed.

Living history, big band performances including The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Hotsie Totsies, live vintage music, Best Dressed Competitions, all of this NEW alongside everything you know and love on site; dancing, re-enactments, wartime displays – Home Front and Military, Air Raid Experiences, climb on board a Second World War Destroyer, Spitfire and Hurricane static aircraft displays, 1940’s Bombed Out Street, ’40s genuine and replica shopping

Please note that annual tickets to The Historic Dockyard Chatham are not valid at the Salute to the 4os’ event – however, we do offer excellent discounts for annual ticket holders.  

Steam, Steel and Submarines

Temporary Closure

Our Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery will be closed to the public from 30th October until Easter 2018.

As part of wider works to the Fitted Rigging House, the gallery will be closed for a few months whilst we undertake a number of improvements to the space that will include a new Reading Room adjacent to the gallery, which will be fully accessible to the public upon appointment.  There will also be a number of improvements to the actual gallery itself.  More information to be announced soon.

This closure will also effect access to our Library and Reading Room.


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