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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. 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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  • What a treasure! I just didn't realise what a fantastic place this is. The expanse, the architecture, the ships (especially the submarine) and, perhaps, above all, the staff. From the man on the gate ...  more »
  • This is a large place to wander around. The submarine was great fun inside (although if you have walking difficulties don't do it!!). You have to get through big round openings ... The museums are fas...  more »
  • We've visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham on numerous occasions, it being right on our door step and having many family connections over the generations. The main focus of this visit was to see the ...  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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