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Mission explore

Captain’s Cat’s Mission Explore is part of our brand new Dockyard Explorers programme. Pickup a free leaflet upon arrival in our Discovery Centre, and let the children show you the way!

Object Handling Sessions

Daily sessions within our Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery to bring some of our hidden collections to life.


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4 Historic Ships

....including the Namur, our ship beneath the floor


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Pirate Birthday Parties!

Discover the Dockyard

There’s plenty to get involved in throughout the grounds

Ring the bell on HMS Cavalier, swing through the hatches on HM Ocelot and peek through the periscope on HMS Gannet! The Ropery is a hands on experience, with a guide taking you back in time making your own rope! Parking isn’t a problem here with free spaces and disabled access, with plenty of play areas for children to burn off their steam before the journey home with a full tummy from our brand new restaurant the Mess Deck! Step back in time and get ready to learn about the people of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Play Areas

Let of some steam at The Historic Dockyard

There are both indoor and outdoor play areas at The Historic Dockyard Chatham to give our younger visitors the opportunity to let of some steam and give parents an opportunity to grab a quick coffee.

Command of the Oceans

Interactive galleries

Children can get hands on in ‘People’s tools and trades’ to discover what crucial part the workforce played to maintain Britain’s command of the world’s oceans. Have some green screen fun as you step into the 18th century dockyard as well as getting to know retired Master Shipwright, John North in the Hearts of Oak audio visual tour.

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