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The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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. Put The Historic Dockyard Chatham and other Chatham attractions into our Chatham trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • All in all this is a wonderful day out. We actually spent the best part of two days here and saw all of the exhibits, the ships and ropewalk plus the new Command the Oceans show. Absolutely fascinatin...  read more »
  • Great time as I took my local history group their again and although very cold near the River Medway we all enjoyed it. We enjoyed all the re-enactors and the atmosphere was great. The Ropery staff we...  read more »
  • Arrived at 10am to book the ropery visit was told first visit now at 11 am as was no longer high season.It is a very interesting dockyard but could someone change the times as not much was open before...  read more »
  • An outstanding museum covering the history of ship building, rope making and everything naval. The recently opened entrance, exhibition and cafe is excellent. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The tours of the submarine and rope making factory are run by committed and enthusiastic presenters, and really entertaining and informative. This is a world class museum, well worth the journey from London. And the tickets are valid for a year, which is great value as you will need more than one day to check it all out.
  • Fantastic day out. Tour a sailship, a warship, a submarine and learn how to make rope. Loads more to look at and read. Good play parks for the children. £63 for a family ticket valid for a year. Parking is free picnicking possible. Guides are very welcoming and knowledgeable.
  • This is a fantastic day out. The Hearts of Oak and Command of the Oceans exhibitions are particularly good, with great-looking interactive tech to bring stories to life. The rope-making thing is surprisingly interesting (who knew?!). Of course, the ships and the sub are the main draw and all are worth your time. Excellent value and it deserves to be successful.
  • Great day out with so much to see and do. Two ships and a submarine to explore plus a lifeboat museum and lots of interactive exhibitions. A full day out.
  • There is something for everyone here. Youngsters can enjoy climbing about the destroyer or clambering through the submarine, and for those even younger there is a play area outside. Others can simply enjoy the many exhibits which explain Britain's role as a major maritime nation or watch rope being made in the way it was in the 19th century.
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