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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

Festival 400

This year marks our 400 anniversary since the Royal Dockyard was established! To celebrate this, we are putting on a number of programmes and activities for the year. ...

Powerful Tides – 400 years of Chatham and the Sea

400 years through art are explored with the gallery displaying paintings on what The Dockyard used to look like: From industrial scenes, to romantic and community scenes. The gallery also includes loans from the Tate Modern, Turner Contemporary as well as artwork featuring Tracey Emin.  ...

Call the Midwife Location Tours

We are pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with the creators of Call the Midwife, Neal Street Productions to launch the OFFICIAL Call the Midwife tour early 2018. ...

Museums at night

Ever wondered what happens when we close for the evening?  Join us on one of our Museum at Night sessions and have a fun filled evening with the team exploring the Dockyard after the doors have shut! ...

Mythical Beasts – May Half Term

Can you track the unicorns and mermaids at the Dockyard?  This half term we delve into the world of myths that lent themselves to ship’s made at Chatham, but can you find where they are today? ...

Railway weekends

Join us this weekend! Operated by the railway Volunteers, with just under 1 mile of line running through the site you can get ‘up close’ to see our trains in action – with fantastic photo opportunities too! ...

Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Family on HMS Namur

On the 7th June, join Sheila Johnson Kindred, acclaimed author of Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen, in a FREE talk at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Speaking on the theme of “Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Family at Home on HMS Namur,” Sheila Johnson Kindred will investigate naval life as experienced by Fanny Austen, sister-in-law to Jane Austen and wife of Charles Austen, who was captain of HMS Namur from 1812-14. HMS Namur was a unique archae ...

Railway Weekends

A unique dockyard railway in its original setting that retains much of it’s original rolling track. Running continuously since Victorian Times. Now operated by a volunteer railway team. ...

English Chamber Orchestra

Celebrate the heyday of the Age of Sail with an exquisite programme of music performed by the English Chamber Orchestra in our “Cathedral to Shipbuilding” No.3 Slip. This musical journey will be hosted by renowned historian Dr David Starkey CBE FSA, who will give an insight to the power of music during the period of Britain’s intense naval expansion of the eighteenth century.  Listen to sublime works by Handel, Mozart and Haydn while marvelling at the surrounds of one of the world’s bes ...

Summer at The Dockyard

Join us for a jam packed summer of fun for all ages at the Dockyard! ...

Brick History: Walk through history in LEGO® Bricks

Journey through pivotal moments in world history, modelled in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore and his team of artists. ...

Railway Weekends

Railway Weekends

Heritage open Days

Discover the hidden gem that is the Commissioner’s House.  For one weekend, book a tour and explore one of Britain’s oldest surviving Navy Board buildings that boasts an impressive painting ceiling.  Walk in the garden in the footsteps of Samuel Pepys and see the Mulberry Tree where Oliver Cromwell once sat under. ...

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What's happening at The Dockyard?

THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

Hugely popular with our visitors. A hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream. Eat alongside our Locomotives and childrens’ soft play.

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MESS DECK

If you think you know what our restaurant is like, think again! The Mess Deck is brand new. New kitchen, new seating, new menu - great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building!

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