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COVID-19 update for visitors

COVID-19 update for visitors

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce it will be reopening The Historic Dockyard Chatham to visitors on Saturday, July 25th.

The visitor attraction has been closed to the public since March as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the government took the decision to allow tourism businesses to reopen from the start of July, the Trust has taken careful steps to ensure the multi-use site can be operated within the current safety guidelines not just for visitors but its resident population and commercial tenants.

With safety the utmost priority, a number of new interventions have been implemented across the site, including the requirement for all visitors to book advance tickets and arrival times online. Some experiences, including HMS Cavalier and HM Submarine Ocelot will not open at this time.

All visitors must book a ticket in advance (including annual ticket holders).

Reduced ticket prices

To celebrate reopening to visitors after four months of closure, the Trust is pleased to offer a special reduced ticket prices for a limited period. An adult annual ticket is £18.70 (a saving of £6) and a family ticket £49.50 (a saving of £16.50).

Please contact with any enquiries.

Annual ticket holders

For annual ticket holders, we will be extending the end date of all annual tickets to reflect length of period for which we remain closed.

If you have purchased an annual ticket but have not yet activated it, your 12 month visitor period will begin from the date of your first visit.

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours

We’re pleased to announce that Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will recommence on Saturday 1 August.

We are in the process of contacting visitors who had a tour postponed between March and July. If you have not received this information please contact with your name and original booking reference. We will make the arrangements for a new tour date and confirm your booking via email.

Salute to the 40s

Whilst the world adjusts to living and working within the latest Covid-19 safety restrictions, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has needed to carefully review its operations, including future programming and events.

Salute to the 40’s is always a busy, vibrant event that brings people together from all over the country. At this time we feel that, within the current government guidelines, we would not be able to operate the event safely for our visitors, performers, traders and staff.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Salute to the 40’s.

We are in the process of contacting 2020 ticket holders directly with information about their ticket. Ticket holders have the choice of donating the cost of their 2020 ticket, rolling their ticket(s) into 2021 or requesting a refund. If you are a ticket holder and have not received this information, please contact

Master Ropemakers Ltd.

... now open

Master Ropemakers Ltd. is open for business. The ropewalk wheels are back in motion and, after a short break, ropemaking has recommenced on the rope walk (as of 8 June). The team is operating within the latest COVID-19 government safety requirements and are ready and waiting for your rope orders.

We are processing all orders received during closure and hope to have them with you shortly – thank you for your patience.

Your custom helps to keep the Ropery alive and we urge you to support local businesses during these challenging times.

Future Bookings

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business in the following areas:

  • Schools / Learning visits from Autumn term 2020 and beyond
  • Master Ropemakers Ltd
  • Filming
  • Call the Midwife Official Location Tours
  • Group Travel
  • Weddings
  • Corporate Hospitality & Conferences

Please email for further information.

The wider Historic Dockyard site remains open for all our business tenants as usual.

If you have any specific questions regarding our closure, please contact us on 01634 823800 or via email


Last updated: 15 July 2020