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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Steve Hartridge

The Historic Dockyard Chatham


The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Command Of The Oceans Gallery Images Credit RIKARD OSTERLUND (1)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

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. It's also your chance to walk in the footsteps of stars of the screen - box office smash hits including Bridgerton and Call the Midwife were filmed at the Dockyard. 

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 activities and experience for all ages, from guided tours, coach tours, children's activities and even sleepovers! Group benefits and packages are available. 

Download our latest groups guide here

Call the Midwife Location Tour & Gallery

If you’re a fan of the hit series and you’ve been wondering where Call the Midwife is filmed, put yourself in the picture and explore where the real drama happens with a Call the Midwife Official Location Tour at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Tours run from March until October and are bookable online


Adult – Online: £25.00 at door: £28.50

Concession – Online £22.50, at door£26.00

Child – Online £15.00, at door £18.00

Family – Online £67.00, at door £77.00

Additional child – online £11.50, at door £14.00

General admission tickets are valid for 1 year, giving you unlimited access to the site (3 historic ships, interactive museum galleries and a packed seasonal events programme)


Dock Road Chatham ME4 4TE

Opening Times

Open daily : 11 Feb - 26 Mar: 10:00am - 4:00pm 27 Mar - 29 Oct: 10:00am - 5:00pm 31 Oct - 19 Nov: 10:00am - 4:00pm Galleries start to close 30 minutes before the site closes and we recommend you arrive before 3pm to experience a full-day at the dockyard.

Audio tours
Coaches welcome
Conference / Meeting facilities
Gift shop
Groups welcome
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Guided tours
Pets welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
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