The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Step into the heart of Chatham’s legendary ship building heritage and return to the ‘Age of Sail’, when the Dockyard built mighty ships that won command of the world’s oceans.

A visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham – one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations – is a guaranteed adventure.

Climb aboard! Test your sea legs as you peer through the periscope of a Cold War Submarine, command the bridge of a WWII Destroyer and ring the ship’s bell on the deck of a Victorian Sloop.

Visit the award-winning Command of the Oceans interactive gallery and uncover the secrets of the centuries old ship beneath the floor. Imagine the crash of the waves as you explore the UK’s largest collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboats and delve into the treasure house that is No. 1 Smithery, home to incredible collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums.

Gain first-hand experience of life on a Victorian dockyard and walk in the footsteps of the master ropemakers who have been making rope for Britain’s ships on the quarter-mile-long ropery since 1618.

And don’t forget to check out the exciting programme of events and seasonal activities throughout the year, including popular annual events like Salute to the 40s.

For generations, the dockyard was a secret and secure site – now it is open and just waiting for you to explore.

Tickets are valid for a year, giving you 12 months to enjoy the fantastic array of attractions found at this amazing 80 acre estate.

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Opening Times

2 – 16 February  2019

7 February – 31 March 2019

1 April – 27 October 2019

28 October – 24 November 2019

10.00am – 3.00pm

10.00am – 4.00pm

10.00am – 6.00pm

10.00am – 4.00pm



Please see the accessibility information on The Historic Dockyard website for details


Member: Gold member

ATAK Trade Pass Accepted

Events at The Historic Dockyard Chatham