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