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Family adventures at The Dockyard!

Making family memories since 1984

We are aware that we are a BIG site – 80 acres to be precise! To ensure you get the best out of your visit, we have put a list together on the top things we think you should do on your family trip!

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


Our top 10 things we recommend to do!

Make rope at the ropery!

Peek through the periscope on HMS Ocelot

Mission Explore!

Indoor play

Green screen fun!

Pipe bending floor - at No.1 Smithery

Ring the bell on HMS Cavalier

Tie the knots on HMS gannet!

Try our Kentish Pies!

Try on the hats in Steam, Steel & Submarines


No. of play areas


No. of food facilities


No. of toilets

4 Historic Ships

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


No. of missions for captain’s cat


No. of times to pretend to be captain


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?

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