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General News15th March 2024

English Tourism Week; 15-24 March 2024

Today marks the first day of English Tourism Week. It is a week that celebrates the diverse, exciting, and vibrant tourism sector in England.

So… let’s re-introduce The Historic Dockyard Chatham, who we are, what we do, and what you can see whilst here.

With 400 years of heritage and 80 acres to explore, The Dockyard is a place like no other. It is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail – a time when the Royal Navy dominated the oceans, establishing Great Britain as a global power.

Chatham was at the heart of naval ship-building with ships such as HMS VICTORY being built here.

That was until 30 March 1984, when the iconic main gate of Chatham Dockyard was padlocked ending 400 years of shipbuilding and Royal Navy presence in Chatham.

The story of the Dockyard did not end in 1984, for the last 40 years, The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been custodians of the site. Under its charge, The Dockyard has transitioned from being a working naval site to a thriving mixed-use estate that is home to one of the largest concentrations of scheduled ancient monuments.

Whilst visiting The Historic Dockyard Chatham, you will be able to visit HMS CAVALIER, HM Submarine OCELOT, and HMS GANNET. Visit the renovated exhibition space No. 1 Smithery, walk along an original naval rope walk at The Ropery, and see a vast array of objects and vehicles.

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