The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. 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 aboard a Victorian Sloop. Delve into the award-winning Command of the Oceans interactive gallery and imagine the crash of the waves as you explore the UK’s largest collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboats before gaining first-hand experience of life as a Victorian ropemaker. And don’t forget to check out the exciting programme of events and seasonal activities throughout the year.
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Bikerinasuit
UK25 contributions
Brilliant day out
Sep 2021
Brilliant Day out with the Family, fantastic ships, good Cafe's, and the rope museum was brilliant, much more interesting than we thought it would be and highly recommended while you are there.

If you stay nearby ten the waterfront area has a great choice of places to eat and lovely areas to walk around at night.
Written 18 October 2021
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1isa82
39 contributions
Enjoyable Day
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited as we had booked a Call the Midwife tour. The tour was very good and informative. Irene the tour guide was brilliant at her job. We enjoyed looking around the ships and the submarine and will return within the year. I would have given it 5 stars apart from a couple of issues - we weren’t told on arrival there were tours you can book and there was no sign by the booking desk advertising this so we didn’t see it. We only found out when we got to the submarine. People should be told this when they arrive. Also we went into the restaurant by the entrance and queued to order food. The menu by the entrance and the till says freshly made baguettes which we asked for. The man said “we don’t do baguettes” and I pointed to the menu next to him. He said “oh we don’t do them anymore”. Well perhaps change the menu or put a sign up saying this so people don’t queue unnecessarily. We then decided to go to the other restaurant which advertised doorstep sandwiches. There are no doorstep sandwiches just pre packaged ones like you would get from a shop. The sausage rolls are good though!
Written 10 October 2021
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Addy522015
Wednesbury, UK105 contributions
Chatham Dockyard
Sep 2021
Second time visit , first time with a local coach company from the Midlands when we did call the Midwife tour and had an afternoon tea .This time we made our own way there .We have been trying to get back for a while but because of the covid pandemic we travelled down in March 2020 to find it was closing on the day we intended to visit , so finally got to go again 18 months later . We booked online .The tours we did were part of the ticket price .
There was ample parking .
We did the Ocelot submarine tour first and although there was only four of us on the tour which dropped to just us two not long into the tour , we felt rushed by Malcolm the guide , not given much time to look around , take photos ,etc . I do not know how bigger tours get on if they are as rushed as we felt . The submarine hatches are tricky to pass through especially as most people visiting tended to be middle aged . This tour experience on the submarine was the main reason for only giving an average rating overall .
We did the Ropery tour which was as interesting as it could be may have been enhanced by seeing rope making in action .
We also visited the Gannet and the Cavalier ships .The Cavalier visit was disappointing as quite a lot of the ship was not accessible due to restoration being done I assume , my husband particularly was interested in visiting the Cavalier Although we had seen some of the site before we were there nearly four hours .You could easily spend all day and more there especially if doing the Call the Midwife tour as well . It was a beautiful day so we sat in the sunshine for some of it waiting for the tours to start . We did not use the catering facilities as we were staying at a nearby hotel and had a good breakfast so did not need lunch . Took our own drinks .
There was a small expensive shop .
I would recommend a visit if you have an interest in maritime history .
Written 10 October 2021
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alexanderlake28
Chelmsford, UK9 contributions
So much to see.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Went for the day as part of a ‘call the midwife tour’. So much to see. We were there for the full day and didn’t get to properly see everything as there’s so much. Did a submarine and ropery tour (both free) and both interesting and informative. Would recommend visiting to anyone. There’s boats old and new, military vehicles, the ropery, submarine, old buildings, RNLI. A great day out.
Written 2 October 2021
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Thank you for posing a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear that you made the most of your Call the Midwife experience and took in the wider Historic Dockyard too. That's a lot to pack into one day! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 9 October 2021
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Clairepeters
Brighton, UK84 contributions
Great day out at Chatham Dockyard
Sep 2021
Excellent day spent at Chatham Dockyard. Tours of the submarine and the Rope Yard are a must for anyone visiting. So much history in one place, very interesting and enjoyable - you need a whole day to explore. Food halls had a good selection of items at sensible prices.
Written 25 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear that you had a great day out. Tours of our Ropery and HM Submarine Ocelot are always a favourite with visitors so we're glad that you had the opportunity to experience these. Your ticket is valid for 12 months so we hope to see you back at the Historic Dockyard again soon.
Written 9 October 2021
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AngLovesHolidays
Southend-on-Sea, UK103 contributions
OMG - this place is amazing
Sep 2021
There's so much to see and do here that we didn't get to see everything - despite being on-site from 10:00 - 17:00.

We had a guided tour of the submarine HMS Ocelot. Due to Covid-19, they only allow small numbers on each tour due to the confined space on the submarine. To progress through the submarine, you have to 'swing' through the hatches / openings. Anyone with mobility issues should check the suitability of this attraction.

We also had a timed visit to The Ropery, where we got to see the Master Ropemakers making a length of rope. It's hard to describe, as you do really need to see it in action !

All other exhibits, attractions and exhibitions are self-guided so you can chose which ones to go to. It's a big site and mostly flat, but then are ladders and steps on the ships and submarine.

The Mess Deck restaurant is very spacious with a good selection.

Although we ran out of time and didn't see everything, as the entry tickets are automatically a yearly ticket, so we can come back again.
Written 23 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to post such a comprehensive review of your recent visit. You certainly packed a lot into your day and we love that you enjoyed the Ropery and HMS Ocelot. As you rightly say, your ticket is valid for a year so you have plenty of time to come again and get the best value from your ticket. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 9 October 2021
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK344 contributions
Great day.
Sep 2021
Great day out here. Friendly and helpful staff. Lots to see and things to go on and into. Rope factory very interesting. Warship and sub were amazing.
Written 23 September 2021
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Thank you for posting a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear you had a great day and hope to see you again soon.
Written 9 October 2021
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pauline546h
Dunstable, UK25 contributions
Great Day out
Sep 2021 • Couples
spent the whole day there fantastic day out enjoyed the experience of moving around inside the submarine. Visiting two of the War ships. Everywhere had people to welcome you and give you more information.
Written 15 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear you had a fantastic day and particularly enjoyed visiting HM Submarine Ocelot and our other historic warships. Our visitor experience team will be delighted to hear your feedback. We hope you see you again soon.
Written 22 September 2021
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juliecC703RD
67 contributions
Excellent day out
Sep 2021
Lovely site, well cared for. All staff were very friendly and knowlegeable.
Some indoor exhibits in the glass cases were quite dark and were difficult to see.
The site is large so be prepared for lots of walking!
The cafe near the entrance is very good, food was bought out quickly and it was hot.
Visited twice in the day and both times were very enjoyable.
Written 9 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed exploring the Dockyard and that were able to sample our Mess Deck restaurant. Our visitor experience teams will be pleased to hear your feedback and we will take note of your comment around the lighting in the cases. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 22 September 2021
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nessajane58
Devizes, UK70 contributions
Wow what a place
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a day out - time flew - so much to see
Did the Call the Midwife tour excellent
Rope makers tour excellent
Great place to visit
Such history
Written 7 September 2021
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Thank you for posting such a glowing review. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your Call the Midwife tour and that you also had time to explore the rest of the Dockyard. The ropery is certainly one of our highlights. We hope to see you back again soon.
Written 22 September 2021
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