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We know we are a BIG site – 80 acres to be precise! But that’s a whole 80-acres for kids to explore and get really hands on with history. To help you get the best out of your visit, we have put together a list of some of the top things to do on your family day out. Don’t forget your ticket lasts for 12 months, so there’s no need to tackle everything in one visit.

If your favourites aren’t on the list – please let us know! 


Get stuck in ...

1. Make your own piece rope on a Victorian Ropery tour

2. Be a spy and peer through the periscope of a submarine

3. Become a Dockyard Explorer with the Captain’s Cat

4. Let off steam in the Wagon Stop indoor soft play

5. Join the Dockyard workers in some green screen fun

6. Try your hand on the pipe bending floor in No.1 Smithery

7. Ring the bell on the deck of a WWII destroyer

8. Learn to tie knots on a Victorian sloop

9. Tuck into Fish & Chips in the Mess Deck

10. Play dress up in Steam, Steel & Submarines

11. Take to the ocean waves with the RNLI’s collection of historic lifeboats

12. Get crafty with our school holiday activities

13. Drop into our outdoor play areas – we have 2 to choose from.

14. Spend some quiet time in Commissioner’s Garden

15. Explore the tech in our interactive galleries

Where to eat, play and use the loo...


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4 Historic Ships

....including the Namur, our ship beneath the floor


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020