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.

Dockyard tickets are valid for a year, giving you 12 months to enjoy the fantastic array of attractions found at this amazing 80 acre estate. Buy your ticket online to SAVE.

Thinking of visiting with a group?

There's plenty of group-friendly activitives and experience for all ages, from guided tours, coach tours, children's activities and even sleepovers! Group benefits and packages are available. 

Download the latest groups guide here.

Visiting with overseas students? Find out more here. 

The visitor attraction has been closed to the public since March as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the government took the decision to allow tourism business to reopen from the start of July, the Trust has taken careful steps to ensure the multi-use sites can be operated within the current safety guidelines not just for visitors but its resident population and commercial tenants.

With safety the utmost priority, a number of new interventions have been implemented across the site, including the requirement for all visitors to book advance tickets and arrival times online. Some experiences, including HMS Cavalier and HMS Submarine Ocelot will not open at this time.

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours recommence on Saturday, August 1st.

For further details and to pre-book your visit, please visit our website

Opening Times

Open daily 10am to 4pm. Closes for the winter season. Pre-booking your visit is required.


Dock Road

Entry Price

Reduced ticket prices
To celebrate reopening to visitors after four months of closure, the Trust is pleased to offer a special reduced ticket prices for a limited period. An adult annual ticket is £18.70 (a saving of £6) and a family ticket £49.50 (a saving of £16.50).

Please book online to reserve your arrival time slot.