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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Really excellent attraction. Very varied. Spent 2 days there and didn't see everything. We'd expected the warships and submarine to be interesting (and they were), but there was lots more too: I'd bee... more »
Had a great visit here. Didn't realise how much there was to see and do. Kids really enjoyed the submarine tour...Malcolm was excellent at engaging everyone and my daughter loved his gruff but fun man... more »
It’s been years that have passed since my eyes struck the docks. The memories I held were from fairs with coins and antique clocks. I remember metal detecting and being extremely cold, Thinking this p... more »
Loads of things to see and do. The Lifeboat museum is interesting and there are a few boats and ships to look round, including a submarine. The exhibitions are modern and informative. If you are a film/TV buff you can spend some time spotting all the locations used for filming
Excellent day out, we attended the Enchanted Gardens, despite the rain, the staff were exceptional, kept the kids going even in the damp conditions. There has been a lot of time, effort and money spent to update and upgrade the attraction, and it shows, we were there over 5 hours and didn't even realise. Kids loved it all, especially the art display of Michael Foreman. Well recommended, and we will definitely visit again.
Visited for the first time with my family and some friends. Kids aged between 5 and 10. Was very pleasantly surprised. Money has been well spent on the facilities which are neat, clean and welcoming. Tons of interesting things to see including free roaming access to two warships which the kids adored. Guided tour of the submarine was a high point. Cafe in the train shed with soft play also a big hit. An excellent day out all round. One star off as I felt there was a general lack of information on the exhibits, especially in the covered slipways. Also the price of admission is very high. The cost is compensated for by the fact that it is an annual ticket, but this is only worthwhile if you plan to return - which we certainly will. Definitely recommend for those interested in history, and any families with kids into science, engineering, transport or just clambering about in a WWII destroyer!
Great day out for anyone that loves boats and is interested in maritime history. Still somewhat a work in progress but when it's complete it will be fantastic. Allow at least 4-5 hours to see everything with the kids and a day if you are with your mates.
Absolutely wonderful day for adults and children. The amount of history available is immense. Several places to get something to eat or take your own picnic. Staff were very helpful and also very knowledgeable. One day might not be enough but as your ticket can be purchased to last for a full year then that's not a problem.
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