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at the Historic Dockyard

Mission: Explore

HM Submarine Ocelot
Grab your coats, wellies and wrap up warm as you explore the Historic Dockyard on a special Dockyard mission! We have uncovered some important secret intelligence and are looking for a new recruit of spies to help this February half term. ...

Architecture Photography Workshop

As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, the Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of striking architecture inside and out. Our new workshop on Saturday 15 February provides an exclusive, first-time, opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the dockyard’s historic architecture on a special guided photography experience.  Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the best architectural photograph ...

Wedding Showcase

For couples who are looking to tie the knot in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham makes a unique and special wedding venue. At our Wedding Showcase you will be welcomed by our wedding coordinators to The Commissioner’s House. You’ll be able to explore the elegant Georgian style venue and see the variety of rooms where you can hold your day ...

First annual Kent Medway Museum Conference

The first annual conference for Kent and Medway museums, organised by the Kent Medway NPO museum partnership and the South East Museum Development Programme, will take place on Monday 24 February 2020, 10:30 – 16:30 at The Fitted Rigging House. This one-day conference is for staff and volunteers working in museums in Kent and Medway who would like to find out more about how to engage and develop wider audiences. Speakers will cover topics such as how to: Measure and demonstrate impact Imp ...

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours 2020

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! ...

Vintage Portraiture Photography Workshop

With over 400 years of history, The Dockyard has an abundance of beautiful locations to capture perfect photographs. Our special guided photography experience on Saturday 7 March provides an exclusive, first-time, opportunity to develop your vintage photography skills. Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the best vintage photographs using models dressed in period costume and our Victorian buildings and Historic Warships as backdrops. All levels of ...

TATTOO: British Tattoo Art Revealed

Our exciting new temporary exhibition for Spring 2020 offers a ground-breaking insight into the history of British tattooing. ...

Railway Weekend

Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on our special Railway Weekends. At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today we have just under 1 mile of track remaining. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of our site to the far end of Anchor Wharf. Our Railway is operated by our dedicated R ...

Spring at The Dockyard

Spring into The Dockyard over the Easter holidays for a series of craft activities as well as an Easter Trail! More information coming soon  ...

Railway Weekend

Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on our special Railway Weekends. At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today we have just under 1 mile of track remaining. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of our site to the far end of Anchor Wharf. Our Railway is operated by our dedicated R ...

The Festival of Steam & Transport 2020

The Festival of Steam and Transport return to The Historic Dockyard Chatham for 2020. A unique day out for the whole family over the Easter weekend. ...

Maritime Themed Portraiture Photography Workshop

With over 400 years of history, The Dockyard provides the perfect backdrop to capture striking photographs. Our new workshop on Sunday 19 April provides an exclusive, first-time, opportunity to go behind the scenes on our Historic Warships on a special guided portraiture photography experience. Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the essence of the ships with models dressed in sea fayre costume. All levels of experience and knowledge of photography ...

May Half Term

Join us this May half term for a week of activities relating to our temporary exhibition: TATTOO: British Tattoo Art Revealed . More information coming soon  ...

Railway Weekend

Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on our special Railway Weekends. At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today we have just under 1 mile of track remaining. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of our site to the far end of Anchor Wharf. Our Railway is operated by our dedicated R ...

Railway Weekend

Savour the bygone age of steam when our beautiful historic locomotives run through the site on our special Railway Weekends. At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today we have just under 1 mile of track remaining. The section (laid tramway style) starts just outside the Historic Dockyard (adjacent to No.7 Slip) and runs through the middle of our site to the far end of Anchor Wharf. Our Railway is operated by our dedicated R ...

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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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