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.
Pay for your first visit and get a free Annual Pass for a year of unlimited visits. Our great value tickets are valid for 12 months 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
Concession ticket applies to Senior Citizen (Age 65+), Ex-Forces, HM Forces, Kent Services and Forces with ID & Students (walk up only with ID).
On The Door
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 February and 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.
SEE AND DO
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.
Not to be missed
Whenever you chose to visit, there are always new events, exhibitions and activities to experience. Many of these are also included in your annual pass so you can enjoy them at no additional cost.
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.
“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
Blogs & Articles
Dive a little deeper into the Historic Dockyard with our blogs and articles.
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