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The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham

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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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  • A great day out. Lots to see, including free tours (included in the ticket price). We had tours of the rope house and submarine. Really interesting with informative and friendly guides. Would... 
    A great day out. Lots to see, including free tours (included in the ticket price). We had tours of the rope house and submarine. Really interesting with informative and friendly guides. Would...  more »
  • A great day out in Chatham. The staff, exhibits, in fact everything about the place is truly amazing, it is easy to find, there is lots of parking, we really enjoyed touring the ships and submarine.....  more
    A great day out in Chatham. The staff, exhibits, in fact everything about the place is truly amazing, it is easy to find, there is lots of parking, we really enjoyed touring the ships and submarine.....  more »
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  • Excellent place, our second visit. Note arrive early as there is lots to see plus book visiting slots for the rope walk and submarine. I did not do the submarine this time as not not as agile. However there are a few ships old and modern you can walk around. There are lifts to some areas in site but not ship or submarine obviously. Great big life boat section and non dockyard items that can be viewed as well. Some items you can try to feel the hands on experience. Great models with all the ships for the battle of the River plate. Etc. Great cafe and the soup was delicious 😋
  • Absolutely loved our day here with the kids, there is so much to do, we didn't get to do everything we wanted to. So we're glad our tickets last a whole year !! We'll definitely be returning during the summer holidays. We enjoyed our ropery tour, the lady who did it was lovely, funny and informative and kept the kids entertained! Then to the submarine tour which was also amazing, the gentleman who did that was really kind, I suffer with claustrophobia so was really scared about going in and he was very kind about it all and said I can exit whenever I want to. The whole experience was worthwhile.

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