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Raise the anchor ...

We're now open

Official Location Tours ...

Call the Midwife

New exhibition ...

Hidden Heroines

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With your chosen few

Welcome back

Call the Midwife

Hidden Heroines


Your voyage of discovery starts here

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


We’ve missed you! We’re raring to go and can’t wait to welcome you back, so please come and see us. Don’t forget to book your tickets and arrival time in advance via our website and spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with our “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” information.

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 Victorian Ropery.

For your safety, and in line with the current COVID-19 government guidelines, things are a little bit different to normal and there are a few changes to how you’ll explore our 80-acre site. Please read our KNOW BEFORE YOU GO page for the latest information.

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


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... dig a little deeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Curator, a Master Ropemaker or a Visit Maker? We regularly take you behind the scenes with our blog articles giving you a small insight into our people as well as sharing some of the fascinating stories from our historic site.

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

May 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

Lovely place and friendly staff. We had a really lovely morning.

May 2021

Had the most amazing day at the dockyard today. So much to see and do and staff so knowledgeable and friendly. Can’t wait to come back already.

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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Rapture Gaming Festival

Rapture Gaming Festival takes place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July. Please note this is a separately ticketed event and tickets for The Historic Dockyard will not be valid on this weekend.

The Dockyard will be open to visitors for the Gaming Festival only on these dates.

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