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Your voyage of discovery starts here

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

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans. Test your sea legs on HMS Ocelota Cold War Submarine during her 60th birthday yearexplore HMS Cavalier, a Second World War Destroyer and walk the deck of HMS Gannet, our Victorian Sloop.  Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on our iconic Ropewalk and explore our brand new Ropery gallery.

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

Visitor notice

On Saturday 9 July we are hosting the Girl Guides Big Day Out and welcoming over 1,000 girl guides to the Historic Dockyard. There will be no availability on HM Submarine Ocelot or the Ropery for public tours on this date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. View all site notices.

That is why you have a perfect opportunity to read only the most interesting facts from the history and of course try free demo slots. We have a number of guided tours and talks for everyone, all included in the price of admission. All excursions are booked upon arrival. To book your tour, once you have checked your ticket, go down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will make reservations for your chosen excursion. We have several time options throughout the day, but to avoid disappointment, please make your reservations as soon as you arrive.

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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Visitor Notice- Saturday 9 July

On Saturday 9 July we are hosting the Girl Guides Big Day Out and we will be welcoming over 1,000 girl guides to the Historic Dockyard.

There will be no availability on HM Submarine Ocelot or the Ropery for public tours on this date.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

View all site notices.