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Plan Your Visit


80 acres of adventure!


On this page you will find everything you need to know before your visit.

Firstly, when buying your tickets online, simply show your reference number upon arrival and our team will print your tickets for you. To book onto the ropery and submarine tours, you do this upon arrival, at the Plan Your Visit section – our team will give you a variety of times to book a time slot, please bring your timed ticket with you.

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Call the Midwife Location Tours

We now work in partnership with the creators of Call the Midwife, Neal Street Productions to deliver the OFFICIAL Call the Midwife tours!

Venue Hire

From fabulous weddings to joyous celebrations, business meetings and luxurious VIP events, small intimate dinners to wondrous Christmas parties, The Historic Dockyard Chatham can cater for it all, creating memorable moments set in history.

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All included in your entry ticket!

We have 3 tours available for visitors to discover. All of these are included in your annual ticket. To book onto a tour, please make your way down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will then book you onto the tour for the day. We have a variety of times throughout the day, but please book as soon as you arrive to avoid any disappointment!

The Ropery

Weekdays and weekends

Victorian Ropery Tour 

Take the Victorian Ropery Tour and ‘learn the ropes’ with a foreman from 1875. Discover why the enormous double Ropewalk is nearly ¼ mile long

Weekday Only

Live Demonstrations 

Rope has been made here for 400 years and we still make it today – for lots of customers! This means you can witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations by the Master RopemakersMonday – Friday only at 12:15pm from the Victorian Ropery building.

Weekend Only

Rope Walk Talk 

Our Master Ropemakers have a much needed break at the weekend but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see what goes on. Get the behind the scenes feel and discover the machinery used.

All tours and demonstrations start from the Victorian Ropery.

HMS Ocelot

Walk through – 15 minutes

This tour is for those that want to have a feel of what life was like on-board! Swing through the hatches and discover the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham!

Guided Tour – 30 minutes

This is for those that want a little more detail on how all 69 men lived on-board for up to 10 hours at a time underwater! HMS Ocelot was made for the perfect surveillance vessel and were selected to undertake missions in the deep waters of the world’s oceans – some of which remain top secret!

Hearts of Oak

Walk through – 35 minutes

Our very own walking cinema, telling the story of a true dockyard worker. This audio visual tour takes you through the old Mould Loft – the very building where the designs of HMS Victory were made!

Join the now retired Master Shipwright, John North, as he relives his role as the Valiant’s Carpenter and encourages his Grandson to follow in his footsteps. What will the young man do? Become a Shipwright like his Grandfather – or follow his instincts and join the Royal Navy to be like Nelson?

Discover the Dockyard

Interactive Map

Explore our 80 acre site using the map below:


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This exhibition reveals the full dockyard story. Immerse yourself in the vivid Hearts of Oak audio-visual gallery and explore four superb new interactive galleries which lead onto discovering the ship beneath the floor… you will be amazed!

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Discover over 100 years of RNLI history amongst the largest collection of Historic Lifeboats in the UK.

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This is located in our free to enter centre – pop in for a coffee and cake, or treat yourself to our famous Fish & Chips. With plenty of seating and a generous menu – you will not be leaving hungry!

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Marvel at an architectural delight up on the mezzanine floor then explore BIG items from The Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers Museum on display on the ground floor.

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Step aboard HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet and HM Ocelot. Experience over 10—years of life at sea.
*Please book your tour of HM Ocelot upon arrival

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World-class collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and the Imperial War Museums. Unlock fascinating stories surrounding fantastic ship models, paintings and incredible objects.

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Completed in 1704 for the Commissioner & his family. This is now used as a hired venue for: weddings, civil partnerships, renewing vows, birthday parties, anniversaries, social & corporate dinners, training days & business meetings.

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Experience life as a Victorian Rope maker with a personal guide in character. There are opportunities to make your own rope before seeing the dramatic ¼-mile ropewalk!

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Experience The Dockyard story through the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars and be inspired by the innovation and bravery of those who worked here and discover their contribution to the Royal Navy.

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Wagon Stop

Enjoy one of our hearty pies, doorstop sandwiches or our delicious sausage rolls. A soft play area is inside allowing children to let off steam whilst adults can sit back with a coffee!

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Ticket Prices

*Please note, Ticket holders get discounts on our next big event of the year: Salute to the ’40s.

  • This is a separately ticketed event
  • Ticket holders receive a generous discount to our special annual events – please see event pages for further information
  • Ticket holders can now purchase online – please have your ticket at hand to input ticket number reference.  You can also call our box office to purchase tickets on 01634 823826 or on walk up.


Ticket Type Online Ticket Price On-the-day Ticket Price Additional Info
Adult £22.00 £25.00  –
Concession £19.50 £22.50 Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students
Children £13.00 £15.00 Aged 5 – 15 years
Family £58.00 £66.00 2 Adults and 2 Children or
1 Adult and 3 Children
Additional Family Child £9.50 £11.50 Applicable when adding additional children to a Family Ticket.
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