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Welcome Intrepid Explorers! Look no further for great things to do at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, and meet your guide – Captain’s Cat – who will be on hand to show you the ropes…


... I'm the Captain's Cat



I live in Commissioner’s House and if you visit the Dockyard, you’ll see me out and about.

I know all the fun things to do and exciting places to go and I like to get up to a little mischief every now and then ….but don’t tell the Captain! He thinks that all I do is sit by the fire, licking my paws and sleeping. But there’s waaay too much to see and do, so I sneak out. There’s always a friendly Ropemaker or busy Shipwright to say hello to…

On your next visit to the Dockyard, why not try completing my Mission Explore tasks and become a Dockyard Explorer?

You can pick up a copy of my special booklet when you arrive – it has loads of missions that you can tick off as you go, some fun facts and a map to help you navigate. There’s also a code to need to try and crack – get it correct and you’ll get access to my top secret Mission Explore web page (scroll down for the link).

It’s been great to meet you and I hope to see you at the Dockyard soon!

Did you know ...


... steps to walk the length of the Victorian Ropery (phew!)…of course, that depends on how long your legs are!


... window panes in the breathtaking roof of 3 Slip - that’s a lot of window cleaning!


…bath tubs of water to fill either HMS Cavalier or HM Submarine Ocelot’s docks.

The USA President’s desk

…was made from timbers from HMS Resolute at Chatham Dockyard. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880. It is still used today.


…was the name of HM Submarine Ocelot’s mascot. Snoopy was an Ocelot (a type of cat).

Mind the carrots!

... the play area opposite Commissioner’s House used to be the Commissioner’s vegetable patch.

Mission Explore - Have you cracked the code?


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.

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