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Educational Tours at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Educational Tours to Open a World of Discoveries for youngsters

Learning for all ages

Set in an impressive 80 acre complex, The Dockyard provides a rich, authentic and varied learning environment, ideal for a wide range of  educational tours and group sizes, from small classes to year groups*.

Packed with enormous, historic buildings to ignite the imagination, the site has ships to explore and galleries full of fascinating artefacts and stories to discover. *on a self-directed visit

Crash Out On Cavalier

Overnight stay experience

Education and Youth Groups can take part in a unique overnight stay experience on board the Royal Navy’s last operational Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier. The group will receive guided instruction by the Learning team, stay overnight on board, then the next morning enjoy breakfast in one of our on-site restaurants. The sleepover experience can be enhanced with a Fish and Chips dinner in the Mess Deck restaurant, and with a full day of Learning activities on arrival, or after the night afloat.

“The Crash Out on Cavalier experience provided the children with the ultimate in practical resources and real-life experience to prepare their first-person diary writing. After a night in the bunks, the children were hooked and couldn’t wait to start; their enthusiasm was almost tangible.”

Gad’s Hill School

Home Educators

Home Educators can take advantage of the Learning Rates and Programmes by visiting with other Home Educator families. You will need a group of 15 school aged children minimum. Adults pay the pupil rate. Children under 5 have free entry. Families with annual tickets also have free entry.

This offer is for term time only and cannot be extended to school holidays or weekends.

To book a visit contact

We look forward to welcoming our Home Educated families to the Historic Dockyard Chatham


This was in a local Newspaper!

Year 2 pupils visited the Historic Dockyard Chatham, to find out about our interesting local history in the context of their topic ‘Deep Down Under.’ Pupils had an amazing time boarding HMS Cavalier, learning history from the Second World War, exploring HMS Ocelot, observing a model of HMS Victory complete with Nelson’s Column and investigation a life size Victorian ship. Pupils arrived back with a wealth of knowledge about our amazing local history.

The Hundred of Hoo Academy

The workshop in the Ropery was fascinating and really engaged the children – I never expected that part to be so interesting. Children used phrases like… ‘Fantastic,’ ‘Best day ever,’ ‘This place is lovely isn’t it’ to describe their day.

Excellent, informative staff. Passionate about sharing their knowledge. A Year 8 group with apathy before the trip engaged well and enjoyed the day.

‘I would like to say a massive thank you, the children had a great time and learnt so much . Please could you extend my thanks once again to our guides, who were not only extremely knowledgeable but had a great way of putting the information across to the children in an exciting yet simple way, so that they could fully understand the information at all times.’ - Year 2 Kingfisher Primary School

‘Experiencing the Air Raid Shelter first hand was far more enlightening than just discussions in class. Both the children and staff found the visit very informative and an enjoyable experience.’ - Southborough Church of England Primary School, Tunbridge Wells

‘It’s the hands on experiences that children remember.’ - St George’s Church of England Primary, Wrotham

We just wanted to send a thank you for giving us such a wonderful time at Chatham Dockyard. We really enjoyed going through the Ocelot and making our boats and rockets. Thank you for all your help. Class 5 - Sheldwich Primary School

Thank you for a wonderful day out which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and my staff when visiting the Dockyard, with particular emphasis on how well your staff organised our day. Thank you for all of your kind assistance in making our class trip a truly memorable occasion. – Class Teacher, Sedley’s C of E Primary’

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