Showing you the ropes for generations
All tours and demonstrations start at the all-new Ropery Gallery but must be booked at ‘Plan your Visit’ which is near our entrance.
Be transported back in time during our 30-minute Ropery Experience. Learn about the ancient art of ropemaking, its vital role in supporting Chatham’s shipbuilding and discover why our enormous double ropewalk is ¼ mile long.
You’ll also have the opportunity to get hand-on with our ropemaking machine, before exploring the breath-taking ropery buildings.
Explore a Cold War Submarine
HM Submarine Ocelot
All tours and demonstrations start at HM Submarine OCELOT but must be booked at ‘Plan your Visit’ which is near our entrance.
Our OCELOT tours are very popular and on busy days we cannot guarantee availability.
For 2023 we are pleased to introduce a longer guided tour of our Cold War submarine OCELOT. This new tour allows more time to explore the original interior and hear fascinating facts as you experience what life on board was like for her serving crew.
The guided tour takes approximately 30 minutes.
Walking Cinema Experience
Hearts of Oak
Located in our Command of the Oceans galleries, Hearts of Oak tells the story of a true dockyard worker, this immersive audio visual tour takes you through the Mould Loft – the exact building where the designs of HMS VICTORY were made.
Join retired Master Shipwright, John North, as he relives his role as HMS 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?