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For over 400 years Chatham Dockyard and its people supported the Royal Navy by building, repairing and maintaining its warships.

One of Britain’s most important Royal Dockyards, it was associated with many great historical figures of their time – great seamen like Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson as well as literary legends such as Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens. The dockyard’s role in supporting the fleet linked it to many of the most significant events in history –from the Spanish Armada to the Cold War. Events that shaped the world we live in today.

Today The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world.

Dockyard History

The Royal Dockyard at Chatham has existed on this site for over 400 years and today, we are the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world.

Historic Buildings

The Historic Dockyard site contains 47 scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020

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