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.
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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.
All tours and demonstrations start at the Victorian Ropery.
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.
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.
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.
All tours start from HM Submarine Ocelot.
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.
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.
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?
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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Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust welcomes the news that museums and visitor attractions are able to reopen to visitors from 4 July.
We are actively planning to welcome visitors back to the Dockyard as soon as we are safely able to do so but this will be some time after 4 July.
We will make a further announcement to confirm the exact date as soon as we can.
In the meantime, much of Dockyard life has never stopped. Master Ropemakers has started operating again and we are taking forward bookings for filming, group travel and hospitality, including weddings. Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will resume shortly.
We would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.
Last updated: 25 June 2020