Arrow-Left arrow-down arrow-down arrow-down Arrow-Left Arrow-02-Left Arrow-02-Right arrow-up Arrow-Rightbig-left-arrow big-right-arrow close Cloudydirections eye Facebook Hail-StoneArrow-Left image-icon twitter-inline instagram-inline Linkedin Mail mark MistNightPartly-Cloudy-Night-TimePartly-CloudyRainscroll-arrow search-01 SleetSnowspeech SunnyThunder-LighteningTripAdvisor TripAdvisor twitter-inline twitter video-iconYouTube

Family Fun

Octonauts Deep Sea Adventure

Dive into

Monsters of the Deep

Official Location Tours ...

Call the Midwife

A Place like no other




Call the Midwife


Your voyage of discovery starts here

... a visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a guaranteed adventure.

Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans at Kent’s only VisitEngland ‘Gold Award’ attraction.

Test your sea legs on HMS OCELOTa Cold War Submarineexplore HMS CAVALIER, a Second World War Destroyer and walk the deck of HMS GANNET, our Victorian Sloop.  Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on our iconic Ropewalk and explore the Ropery gallery.

Let your hearts set sail through the tides of history. A fantastic day out in Kent awaits.


  • HMS CAVALIER: Please note there will be scaffolding onboard to aid conservation activities

That is why you have a perfect opportunity to read only the most interesting facts from the history and of course try free demo slots. We have a number of guided tours and talks for everyone, all included in the price of admission. All excursions are booked upon arrival. To book your tour, once you have checked your ticket, go down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will make reservations for your chosen excursion. We have several time options throughout the day, but to avoid disappointment, please make your reservations as soon as you arrive.

What a very relaxing place to visit, where you can move around the site at your own pace.

September 2021

Our 8 year old son gave it 20,000 out of 10. Enough said! A fun, informative, eye-opening day out.

August 2021

Thank you for organising the wheelchair especially at such short notice, this has help enormously for our visit. I would also like to say how impressed we all were with the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very friendly and approachable. We have all commented about clean the Dockyard is, and how helpful your staff are onsite.

June 2021

We had a fabulous day. It was lovely to see everyone so cheerful and enthusiastic about the reopening.

May 2021

Please may I convey our appreciation of the excellent customer service given by all of the staff we encountered during our visit on Saturday 29th May; not only were they informed and attentive but we appreciated how they respectfully ensured covid regulations were observed. The site was looking very well cared for and we really enjoyed the exhibitions- particularly the Hidden Heroines exhibit which was very well curated and full of excellent stories demonstrating a real spectrum of experiences.

May 2021
Tweet @dockyardchatham

Latest blog articles

... dig a little deeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Curator, a Master Ropemaker or a Visit Maker? We regularly take you behind the scenes with our blog articles giving you a small insight into our people as well as sharing some of the fascinating stories from our historic site.

Discover our Collections Online

Dive into a learning experience like no other

Have the wedding of your dreams

All hands on deck for your perfect event