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 »
Thank you, all of you, for a terrific day out (Tuesday 27/09/2016). I was particularly impressed by the detailed and knowledgeable guided tour of 'Steam, Steel and Submarines'. Peter, our guide, took us round the exhibits in a way that made chronological sense of the development of naval advances in the Nineteenth century. It was a great pity that this exhibit was not visited by the same numbers of people as the Ropery. The only negative was the catering; the supplies in the cafe were not adequate for the number of visitors.
Probably the best day out in Kent on account of the experience itself and the friendly staff on site. The ticket valued for a year is excellent value and I have made repeated visits, always finding something new to explore. A nice cuppa, sandwiches and snacks available at reasonable prices, good quality too.
Had such a great day. The guides are brilliant. Learnt so much today. Not expensive & love how the ticket is valid for 12 months. Food is good and very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Travelled over two hours and had high expectation of the docklands. Place itself is huge and there is an abundance of areas to visit if you have a full day. Unfortunately my daughter and I had an experience to forget directly due to not one but three members of staff who were a mixture or rude incompetent and unhelpful. Shocked to say the least. May return in the hope that I catch the staff on a better day or that the current ones in the main building are replaced.
A lovely nostalgic trip down memory lane. You'll learn and thing or two. Interesting couple of hours.
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