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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.


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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