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Chatham is the world's most complete example of a Historic Dockyard from the age of sail - a time when Dockyards were the industrial centres of Europe.

Upnor Castle

Built in 1559 to defend Chatham Dockyard and Elizabeth I’s warships moored in the River Medway.


Lower Lines

Built in 1806 as an extension to the Chatham Lines. In c1900 Admiralty House, the home of Commander in Chief Nore, was built on its Field of Fire. The House no longer survives, the fortifications do, now part of the Lower Lines Park. Explore on foot.


HMS Pembroke

Built 1897 -1902 as HMS Pembroke to provide accommodation for men of the Chatham Division of the Royal Navy awaiting ships. In 1895 the navy had been divided into three divisions – Chatham, Portsmouth and Devonport (Plymouth) Access by foot.


Fort Amherst & Chatham Lines

Completed in 1815 as a line of fortifications over 3 km long that enclosed the Dockyard and village of Brompton. Fort Amherst is now one of Britain’s best preserved Napoleonic Fortresses. Today Fort Amherst forms part of the Great Lines Heritage Park.


Royal Engineers Museum

Museum: Brompton barracks became the headquarters of the Royal Engineers in the 19th century – a role that continues today.


Great Lines

The Field of Fire was land owned by the Ordnance Board kept as open grassland to provide guns mounted in the Chatham Lines with a clear field of fire. Today the Field of Fire forms part of the Great Lines Heritage Park.


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