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Make the most of your visit

With 400 years of heritage and 80 acres to explore, a little bit of planning before you arrive can help you maximise your visit.

Our great value general admission tickets are valid for one year, meaning you pay for your first visit and then you can return again (and again!) for free with your annual pass.

Our story

your Maritime adventure starts here

Let your hearts set sail through the tides of history. A fantastic day out in Kent awaits.

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that toured the world’s oceans.

Test your sea legs on HMS OCELOT, a Cold War Submarine; explore HMS CAVALIER, a Second World War Destroyer and walk the deck of HMS GANNET, our Victorian Sloop.

Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on our iconic Ropewalk and explore our brand new Ropery gallery.

Remember to share your photos with us on Facebook,  Twitter & Instagram

Ticket prices

Pay for your first visit and get a free Annual Pass for a year of unlimited visits. Our great value tickets are valid for one year from the date of your first visit and if you buy your tickets online, you’ll save yourself a few pounds.

Through buying admission tickets you are helping to support the preservation of The Historic Dockyard Chatham for the benefit of our visitors now and in the future.

Access for one year

General admission



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Access for one year

Child Ticket

  • Aged 4 – 15 years.
  • Children aged 3 and under are free.



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Access for one year

Family Ticket

2 adults and up to 4 children or 1 adult and up to 5 children. 



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Access for one year


Applicable when adding additional children to family ticket.



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Access for one year


Disabled visitors enter at normal price and one carer (with ID) can enter free of charge.



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Gift Voucher

Need a gift idea?

Gift vouchers give the recipient entry to The Historic Dockyard Chatham for 12 months (from the date of the first visit). 

Key details

Your voyage of discovery begins now

The key to a great day out is planning in advance. Let us answer all those burning questions before you even leave the comfort of home.

What time do you open?

We open at 10am, 7 days a week between April and November; 5 days a week February – March and in November.

Our closing times vary with the seasons, please check our current times before setting out.

How do we get to you?

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is accessible by a wide variety of routes whether you are arriving by car, boat or public transport.

Please come through our main visitor entrance (via Western Avenue) and our team will be ready to greet you.

What access provisions do you have?

Every effort has been made to ensure maximum accessibility across our historic estate.

We have worked with AccessAble to develop comprehensive guides for each of our spaces.  This page explains provisions around the site and helps you plan for your visit.



The story of Chatham Dockyard and its people can be discovered in our immersive exhibition galleries, such as Command of the Oceans and The Ropery. Explore three historic warships to learn about warship construction, refit and repair and examine important objects related to the Dockyard and the wider maritime world from the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums.

Access to all galleries and ships is included in your admission ticket. Click on the tiles below to explore further …

Plan your visit

Dive right in

With 400 years of heritage and 80 acres to explore, a little bit of planning before you arrive can help you maximise your visit.


A place like no other

Whether you’re a teacher, a group organiser or a party planner, we can facilitate a huge range of different visit types.

You might also be surprised to know, we’re a place where over 100 businesses have chosen to locate, that over 400 people call home and where over 600 people study with the University of Kent.

Shop the dockyard

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Are you looking for a unique gift or struggling to find that present for that person that seems to have everything? There’s never been a better time to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses. Shopping at The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers something a little bit different.

“I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the fabulous day we had at the dockyard today. The children’s activities are always incredibly well thought out and different to other attractions, also suitable for a good age range. Very friendly and engaging staff as well. I won’t hesitate to get our next annual ticket, it’s a go to school holiday visit.”

“We visited for the first time as a family of 5. We had an amazing day! The children (aged 8, 6 and 4) absolutely loved the submarine tour which started off our day. It was so interesting and informative. We loved looking around the monsters of the deep exhibition and the children loved this, especially as it was part of the Octonauts trail which they thoroughly enjoyed. We loved looking around the boats and machinery in the dockyard especially the lifeboats. The science session was fantastic! The children loved the hands on activities and the show was informative and so much fun. Staff were so friendly and knowledgable and great with the kids.

“We had such a lovely time at the quiet SEN session, thank you so much! It’s just what we needed as everywhere is so busy, and my poor son Jack struggles so much. Today was so well organised and staff were lovely, we had a great time!”


EXPLORE OVER 70,000 objects STEEPED in 400 years of BRITISH history