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Museum from Home


The Festival of Steam & Transport

Showing you the ropes

Master Ropemakers

Adventure awaits...

Your voyage of discovery starts here

Museum from home

Steam & Transport

Master Ropemakers

Set sail

Your voyage of discovery starts here ...

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

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

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans. Test your sea legs as you peer through the periscope of HMS Ocelota Cold War Submarinetake charge on the bridge of a HMS Cavalier, a WWII Destroyer; and ring the ship’s bell on the deck of HMS Gannet, our Victorian Sloop.  Watch our Master Ropemakers at work on in our Victorian Ropery.

Visit the award-winning Command of the Oceans interactive gallery and uncover the secrets of the 18th-century ship beneath the floor. Discover how steam and steel evolved from wooden hulls and iron frames in the Steam, Steam & Submarine’s gallery. Imagine the crash of the waves as you explore the UK’s largest collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboats and delve into the treasure house that is No. 1 Smithery – home to incredible collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums. 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the evolving situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours and The Festival of Steam and Transport (12 – 13 April).

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.