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Showing you the ropes

At the heart of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Master Ropemakers maintains a process of ropemaking that dates back on this site for more than 400 years.

Close up image of rope.
Female Master Ropemaker on the Rope Walk at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Many of our products are available to trade and wholesale

Please contact us by phone on 01634 823890 or email us (link below) to set up a trade account or for further information.

Get in touch

Buying rope can sometimes be a complex and confusing process. Our expert team are on hand to help with all enquiries – big and small. Give us a call or drop us an email and we will be happy to help.

Christmas wreath workshop

Bring a piece of history into your home this Christmas.

Back by popular demand, our Christmas Wreath Making Workshops are not to be missed.

Join the Master Ropemakers in the festival surrounds of Commissioner’s House. Bring your wreath making ideas, chose your colour scheme, get creative and learn how to make a unique festive wreath to hang proudly on your door.

Workshops take place on 26 November, 3 December and 10 December.

showing you the ropes

The ropery

Visit The Ropery Gallery for an atmospheric journey through the lives of Ropery workers, past and present, before stepping out onto the iconic ropewalk and witnessing ropemaking in action.

Immersive film, hands-on interactives, and displays, including a vast collection of ropemaking and rope related objects from the Museum of Knots & Sailor’s Ropework, tell the story of rope and its place in British history.