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The Royal Navy’s success at sea during the 18th and 19th centuries was made possible through Britain’s long-term state funding of both the Navy and a network of shore support facilities built across the world.

Royal Dockyards, like Chatham, were at the heart of this shore support infrastructure providing the Navy with the facilities it required to build, repair and maintain the fleet. By the mid-18th Century they had developed into the world’s largest industrial organisations employing thousands of well-paid skilled artisans working in a wide number of trades. Central to any Royal Dockyard were their dry docks and it was the quantity of these expensive structures that set the Royal Yards apart from merchant shipyards.

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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