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Explore A place
like no other

Your voyage of discovery

... starts here

For more than four centuries The Historic Dockyard Chatham was one of Britain’s most important centres of warship building and repair. Over 400 warships were built here, allowing the Royal Navy to dominate the seas of Europe and beyond. Today it is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail.

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Free tours & talks

...all included in your entry ticket

We have a range of tours and talks available for everyone to enjoy, all included in the price of your entry ticket. All tours are booked on arrival.

To book onto a tour, after you’ve validated your ticket, please make your way down the ramp to the Plan Your Visit area. A member of our team will book you onto your choice of tours. We have a variety of times throughout the day but please book as soon as you arrive to avoid disappointment.

The Ropery

...showing you the ropes for generations

All tours and demonstrations start at the all-new Ropery Gallery.


Ropery experience

Be transported back in time during our 30-minute Ropery Experience. Learn about the ancient art of ropemaking, its vital role in supporting Chatham’s shipbuilding and discover why our enormous double ropewalk is ¼ mile long. You’ll also have the opportunity to get hand-on with our ropemaking machine, before exploring the breath-taking ropery buildings.

Monday - Friday

Live demonstration

Rope has been made at Chatham for over 400 years and it continues to be made today for customers all over the world. Witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations by the Master Ropemakers.

12.15pm in The Ropery.

HM Submarine Ocelot

... explore a Cold War submarine


Guided walk through

Get a taster for what life was like onboard a real submarine. Swing through the hatches and explore the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham.

The walk through takes approximately 15 minutes.


Guided tour

For 2023 we are pleased to introduce a longer guided tour of our Cold War submarine OCELOT. This new tour allows more time to explore the original interior and hear interesting facts and stories as you experience what life on board was like for her serving crew.

The guided tour takes approximately 30 minutes.

Hearts of Oak

... walking cinema experience


Telling the story of a true dockyard worker, this immersive audio visual tour takes you through the Mould Loft – the exact building where the designs of HMS Victory were made.

Join retired Master Shipwright, John North, as he relives his role as HMS Valiant’s Carpenter and encourages his Grandson to follow in his footsteps. What will the young man do? Become a Shipwright like his Grandfather – or follow his instincts and join the Royal Navy to be like Nelson?

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Be immersed in the intriguing secrets behind building the mighty ships that conquered the world’s oceans. Learn how Chatham Dockyard and its people helped lead Britain to worldwide influence and dig into the fascinating archaeological discoveries from the HMS Namur and HMS Invincible.

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Saving lives off the coasts of the British Isles for generations, explore how lifeboats have changed over time with the RNLI's largest collection of historic lifeboats in the UK.

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Located in our free to enter space – pop in for a coffee and cake, or treat yourself to our famous Fish & Chips. With plenty of seating and a generous menu – you will not leave hungry!

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Marvel at an architectural delight on the mezzanine floor then explore BIG items from The Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers Museum on the ground floor.

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Discover what life was really like onboard a Victorian sloop, a WWII Destroyer and a Cold War Submarine. Sense the vision and grit that created these magnificent vessels and feel the courage and endurance of the sailors who sailed them.

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World-class collections from Royal Museums Greenwich and the Imperial War Museums. Unlock fascinating stories surrounding fantastic ship models, paintings and incredible objects.

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Completed in 1704 for the Commissioner & his family. This is now a grand venue for: weddings, civil partnerships, renewing vows, birthday parties, anniversaries, social & corporate dinners, training days & business meetings.

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Experience life as a Victorian Rope maker with a personal guide in character. There are opportunities to make your own rope before seeing the dramatic ¼-mile ropewalk!

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Experience The Dockyard story through the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars and be inspired by the innovation and bravery of those who worked here and discover their contribution to the Royal Navy.

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Wagon Stop

Enjoy a hearty pies, doorstop sandwiche or delicious sausage roll. A soft play area allows children to let off steam whilst adults can sit back with a coffee!

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Local Attractions

Explore local attractions linked to Chatham Dockyard and its Defences.

Mission Explore

Join the Captain’s Cat's crew to explore the Dockyard, complete fun missions and climb the ranks to Admiral of the Fleet.