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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.



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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