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... a visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a guaranteed adventure.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has now closed for 2021 and will reopen on Saturday 5 February 2022.

There are still seasonal events taking place whilst the main areas of the museum are closed, including our Christmas Wreath Making Workshops.

Start planning for 2022…

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans. Test your sea legs as you marvel at HMS Ocelota Cold War Submarineexplore HMS Cavalier, a Second World War Destroyer; walk the deck of HMS Gannet, our Victorian Sloop.  Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on in our Ropery.

Let your hearts set sail through the tides of history. A fantastic day out in Kent awaits.

What a very relaxing place to visit, where you can move around the site at your own pace.

September 2021

Our 8 year old son gave it 20,000 out of 10. Enough said! A fun, informative, eye-opening day out.

August 2021

Thank you for organising the wheelchair especially at such short notice, this has help enormously for our visit. I would also like to say how impressed we all were with the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very friendly and approachable. We have all commented about clean the Dockyard is, and how helpful your staff are onsite.

June 2021

We had a fabulous day. It was lovely to see everyone so cheerful and enthusiastic about the reopening.

May 2021

Please may I convey our appreciation of the excellent customer service given by all of the staff we encountered during our visit on Saturday 29th May; not only were they informed and attentive but we appreciated how they respectfully ensured covid regulations were observed. The site was looking very well cared for and we really enjoyed the exhibitions- particularly the Hidden Heroines exhibit which was very well curated and full of excellent stories demonstrating a real spectrum of experiences.

May 2021
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