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Explore A place
like no other

Due to COVID-19 your visit will be a little bit different, please read 'Know Before you Go' for the latest information.

Your voyage of discovery

... starts here

For more than four centuries The Historic Dockyard Chatham was one of Britain’s most important centres of warship building and repair. Over 400 warships were build here, allowing the Royal Navy to dominate the seas of Europe and beyond. Today it is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail.

For your safety, and in line with the latest 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.

Click on the tiles below to explore the Dockyard, its attractions and collections …

Free tours & talks

...all included in your entry ticket

We have a range of tours and talks available for everyone to enjoy, all included in the price of your entry ticket. All tours are booked on arrival.

To book onto a tour, after you’ve validated your ticket, please make your way down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will book you onto your choice of tours. We have a variety of times throughout the day but please book as soon as you arrive to avoid disappointment.

For your safety, and in line with the latest 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 as not all tours will be available during your visit.

The Victorian Ropery

...showing you the ropes for generations

All tours and demonstrations start at the Victorian Ropery.

Please read our KNOW BEFORE YOU GO page for the latest information as not all tours will be available during your visit.

Daily

Victorian Ropery Tour

Take the Ropery Tour and ‘learn the ropes’ with a foreman from 1875. Discover why the enormous double ropewalk is nearly 1/4 mile long.

Monday - Friday

Live demonstration

Rope has been made at Chatham for over 400 years and it continues to be made today for customers all over the world. Witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations by the Master Ropemakers.

12.15pm in the Victorian Ropery.

Saturday & Sunday

Ropewalk Talk

Our Master Ropemakers have a much needed break at the weekend but that doesn’t mean you can’t see what goes on inside the fascinating Victorian Ropery. Get the behind the scenes feel and discover the machinery that’s still used daily.

HM Submarine Ocelot

... explore a Cold War submarine

For your safety, and in line with the latest COVID-19 government guidelines, tours of HM Submarine Ocelot are currently closed. 

Please read our KNOW BEFORE YOU GO page for the latest information regarding visits.

Daily

Walk through

Get a taster for what life was like onboard a real submarine. Swing through the hatches and explore the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham.

The walk through takes approximately 15 minutes.

Daily

Guided tour

The perfect surveillance vessel, Ocelot was selected to undertake missions in deep waters – some of which still remain top secret! Learn how 69 men lived on-board for up to 10 hours at a time.

The guided tour last approximately 30 minutes.

Hearts of Oak

... walking cinema experience

Daily

Telling the story of a true dockyard worker, this immersive audio visual tour takes you through the Mould Loft – the exact building where the designs of HMS Victory were made.

Join retired Master Shipwright, John North, as he relives his role as HMS Valiant’s Carpenter and encourages his Grandson to follow in his footsteps. What will the young man do? Become a Shipwright like his Grandfather – or follow his instincts and join the Royal Navy to be like Nelson?

Command
of the
oceans

Be immersed in the intriguing secrets behind building the mighty ships that conquered the world’s oceans. Learn how Chatham Dockyard and its people helped lead Britain to worldwide influence and dig into the fascinating archaeological discoveries from the HMS Namur and HMS Invincible.

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RNLI HISTORIC
LIFEBOATS
COLLECTION

Saving lives off the coasts of the British Isles for generations, explore how lifeboats have changed over time with the RNLI's largest collection of historic lifeboats in the UK.

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THE
MESS DECK

Located in our free to enter space – pop in for a coffee and cake, or treat yourself to our famous Fish & Chips. With plenty of seating and a generous menu – you will not leave hungry!

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3 SLIP
THE BIG SPACE

Marvel at an architectural delight on the mezzanine floor then explore BIG items from The Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers Museum on the ground floor.

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THREE
HISTORIC
WARSHIPS

Discover what life was really like onboard a Victorian sloop, a WWII Destroyer and a Cold War Submarine. Sense the vision and grit that created these magnificent vessels and feel the courage and endurance of the sailors who sailed them.

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NO.1
SMITHERY

World-class collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and the Imperial War Museums. Unlock fascinating stories surrounding fantastic ship models, paintings and incredible objects.

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COMMISSIONER'S
HOUSE

Completed in 1704 for the Commissioner & his family. This is now a grand venue for: weddings, civil partnerships, renewing vows, birthday parties, anniversaries, social & corporate dinners, training days & business meetings.

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THE
VICTORIAN ROPERY

Experience life as a Victorian Rope maker with a personal guide in character. There are opportunities to make your own rope before seeing the dramatic ¼-mile ropewalk!

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STEAM, STEEL
& SUBMARINES

Experience The Dockyard story through the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars and be inspired by the innovation and bravery of those who worked here and discover their contribution to the Royal Navy.

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Wagon Stop
Canteen

Enjoy a hearty pies, doorstop sandwiche or delicious sausage roll. A soft play area allows children to let off steam whilst adults can sit back with a coffee!

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Local Attractions

Explore local attractions linked to Chatham Dockyard and its Defences.

Dockyard Explorers

Join the Captain’s Cat to explore the Dockyard.

 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is now open to visitors.

For your safety, and in line with the latest government guidelines, things will be different from your last visit and there will be a few changes to how you’ll explore our 80-acre site. Please take a moment to read our ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO‘ information.

If you have any queries that are not answered on this page, please contact us via info@chdt.org.uk 

If you are trying to contact us via telephone, we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we ask for your patience during this time.