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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. 3 Slip Mezzanine - Closed on Monday 1st October - Friday 12th October

No.3 Slip Mezzanine will be closed to the public between Monday 1st October and Friday 12th October due to a private hire. We apologise for any inconvenience.

No.1 Smithery - Closed on Thursday 4th October until 2pm

No.1 Smithery will be closed to the public until 2pm on Thursday 4th October due to a private event. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Commissioner's Garden - Closed on the 15th - 19th October

The garden will be closed between the 15th & 19th October due to set up for Enchanted Garden. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Royal Dockyard Library - Temporary Closure until Late Autumn 2018

From November 2017 Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will be undertaking major conservation, repair and adaptation works to the Fitted Rigging House, the home of the Royal Dockyard Library. The project will create a sustainable future for the building, one of The Historic Dockyard’s most important Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The project will deliver a new accessible reading room and much improved conditions for our library and archive collections alongside new volunteer and conservation facilities.

In order for these works to take place the current Reading Room and Archive will close on 1st November 2017 to be relocated to our new facilities ready to open in autumn 2018. Limited access to collections due to this process means we will be unable to support research enquiries at this time but will provide advice if and when possible.

HMS Gannet - Closed on Tuesday 6th November

There will be a period of time during the day where HMS Gannet will be closed off to the public due to a wedding ceremony taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience, our staff members will be able to advise when HMS Gannet is re-opened.

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