The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham stands as the world's most complete dockyards from the Age of Sail, the period from the 16th to the 19th century when ships dominated trade and warfare. Explore 32 hectares (80 acres) containing warships, museums, and historic buildings. Head into the steam, steel, and submarines exhibit to learn the history of the dockyard through photos, artifacts, and models. Take audio-guided tours of the HMS Gannet (1878) and the HMS Cavalier (1944) and follow a guide around HM Submarine Ocelot (1962) to learn the roles of these warships in the Royal Navy. Visit the ropery with a costumed guide to see what a Victorian factory was like. If you get hungry, eat at the on-site restaurant serving locally sourced food or bring your own picnic. And if it rains, you can bring your food into the railway workshop, which also contains an indoor playground for children. Use our Chatham online tour itinerary planner to visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham on your trip to Chatham, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 20, 2017
    What a brilliant place. We took advice from the tripadvisor reviews and bought our tickets online and saved a bit of money. We also took advice and booked our ropery and submarine tours as soon as we ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    This is a brilliant day or days out. The people who work there are helpful and friendly. We spent a day and a half there and our tickets are valid for a whole year so we can go again if we want to. I ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It's quite expensive to get in at £24 per adult (reduced to £20 for English Heritage members) but that's all you have to pay once you're in, all the tours are free and the parking is free. Book a tour...  more »
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  • Beautiful historic part of Chatham. Many exhibitions. Entry fee is £ 24,- (1 adult) and well worth it if you're able to spent the whole day, but very expensive as you, what we did, only stay for a few hours. I've visited the ropery. Our tour guide (Sam) was extremely gifted in the way she narrated (acted) about the past times. I'd like to think the money paid is also for maintaining the premises and if you live nearby; the ticket is an annual one (non transferable).
  • There's so much to see here that it's good that you get an annual ticket. We've been twice and will probably try and get back once more to mop up the last bits we've yet to look around. The tours of the submarine 'Ocelot' and destroyer are probably the highlights but there's lots more besides. The Ropery is amazing for its size and learning about the techniques involved in building a ship like HMS Victory (a product of Chatham) is very interesting. Kids are well catered for with shows and exhibitions designed to keep them interested.
  • Great restaurants. Wide range of food types, such as Pizza Hut, Chimichanga, Creams... Range of shops, but not loads. Could be more, or less of the same type of shop. Nice area, being made better and better as time goes on. Cinema and gym also in the same area, so everything is nearby
  • Stand out customer service. Really attentive and helpful staff. Manager leads by example and it really shows. So much to see and do on site. Easy to spend more than one day on site.
  • Wonderful place to visit, too many wonders to describe, Call The Midwife filmed here as was Les Miserables and many more films and TV plays. Rope making demonstrations must be seen. A full day out.

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