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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

A Pirate’s Life For Me…

We are delighted to have the V&As touring exhibition with us this year! This exhibition will look at Pirates as characters in children’s culture and as icons in the popular imagination. Pirates have been family favourites for over 200 years, with many stories and tales to share! Everyone knows a Pirates mannerism and what they wear, but do you know why? Get ready young buccaneers for all things Pirates – you’re bound to learn a new Pirate trick or two to join the ranks! ...

Call the Midwife Location Tours 2019

Come and explore where the real drama happens as a costumed midwife takes you on a walking tour of our historic site. With a picture book to help trigger your memories, you’ll see just how Neal Street Productions transform a 400 year old site back to the 1960s! ...

Time and Tide Exhibition in No.1 Smithery

Time and Tide The children of English Martyrs’ Primary School in Strood, Rochester have been inspired by the River Medway, its history and its environment.  Working with an artist in school, the younger pupils created pop up boats and images of the sea.  Older pupils spent a day at the Historic Dockyard where they created their own versions of ships’ emblems using an embossing technique on metal foil. The whole school contributed to a floor installation. They have created a map, on the gal ...

Discover the Dockyard this July

As we are an 80 acre site, we thought it would be a nice gentle reminder on what is included in your entry ticket this month and for the rest of the year! ...

‘Fort Amherst – Through Our Eyes’

On your visit make sure you visit the temporary exhibition ‘Fort Amherst – Through Our Eyes’ hosted in conjunction with the Kent Association for the Blind Medway ‘Art Group, as part of Command of the Height’s, a project that links Fort Amherst defences to The River Medway funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: Royal Dockyard tour

group travel experience in kent
Information coming soon!  ...

Walk this Way – Health Walk

Every Thursday at 9:45am, join us in a walk around the local area. Parking: Free parking on our visitor entrance car park Starting from the Main entrance of the Historic Dockyard, the walk explores this award-winning maritime heritage destination. Walking past and overlooking the largest concentration of iconic buildings, historic ships and galleries you can feel the history coming alive. Have a question? The Historic dockyard supply the walk leaders with a what happened on this day. The walk fo ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: The Ropery Restoration

Chris Jones Head of Shipkeeping & Heritage Engineering talks about the behind the scenes work that keeps these historic machines running. ...

Summer at The Dockyard

Fun for all the family this summer! Who needs the seaside when we have our very own GIANT beach! Doc.Yard is back too! Visit Doc and Bunsen for their summer show! ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: Ship model collection-Store Tours

No 1 Smithery houses one of the finest ship models collections in the world. With over 3,000 items from the National Maritime and Imperial War Museum, see highlights from these fantastic collections, hear more about them and find out how their storage plays an important part in their preservation. ...

Railway Weekends!

Join us this weekend where our locomotives will be steaming through the site! Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway has just under 1 mile of line to operate demonstration trains and It’s the perfect photo opportunity to get up close to our railway and speak to our team of volunteers. Please note that our railway trains do not carry passengers.  Did you know… At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today there is just under ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: My Favourite Object : Dazzle Ships

free day out
Antonio Di Benedetto presents one of his favourite gallery objects and the stories behind it.  Focusing on WW1 Dazzle ship camouflage through the historic collections of the National Maritime and Imperial War Museum. ...

Wedding showcase

Join us on Sunday 11th August to view The Historic Dockyard Chatham for your special day. We are delighted to open the doors to our beautiful wedding venue, Commissioner’s House. This opportunity is for couples who are looking for their dream wedding venue and how we can help future brides and grooms on planning their special day here. ...

Discover the Dockyard talks: Commissioners Garden

Explore some of our green spaces and listen to tales passed down through the generations including a guided visit to the Commissioners garden. Find out how there is more to the Dockyard than its industrial spaces. ...

Discover The Dockyard talks: Life on the Cavalier

vintage festival
Ships volunteer Jim Lowe talks about his service on HMS Cavalier and how he continues to work as one of our Historic Ships volunteers today. ...

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What's happening at The Dockyard?

THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

Hugely popular with our visitors. A hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream. Eat alongside our Locomotives and childrens’ soft play.

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MESS DECK

If you think you know what our restaurant is like, think again! The Mess Deck serves the great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building and outside terracearea.

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