The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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 Second World War 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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  • W JAM
    Cambridge, United Kingdom118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a slice of history
    Enjoyed this place very much. It is my first visit and look forward to going again. The ticket lasts a year which is a bonus if live near. One of the highlights was certainly the Rope making demo, the staff really made this come alive and the buildings history is fascinating. The submarine tour was also a great experience but due to the ships design it is tricky to get through if larger/less mobile/bendy. Again the staffs passion adds to the enjoyment. The lifeboat exhibit was a hidden gem and we will be back to do the bits we missed the first time round.
    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 Ropery and HM Submarine OCELOT. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • KK48
    Gillingham, United Kingdom640 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out
    Visited with our children and grandchildren. We were thoroughly occupied for the whole day, even though it was windy and rainy. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the submarine Ocelot and the grandkids loved the soft play. The restaurant food was outstanding, so overall a fantastic day out!
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed HM Submarine OCELOT and our soft play - we're just sorry we couldn't arrange some sunshine for you. Your ticket is valid for 12 months so we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • mum7723
    Leicester, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    So much to see you really do need an annual pass to go back to see it all. Too much to see in one day. Lovely play areas for the children too, Exciting tours on the sub and the ropery.
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our tours and play areas. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • KT
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant visit, several days required
    Excellent couple of days spent here with the kids. The Octonauts Trail, old warships and Historic Lifeboat Collection were very good as was Monsters of the Deep but the real stand outs were The Ropery and the Hearts of Oak tours. The kids loved helping make some rope and got a cool little souvenir they’d made themselves. Go early to book onto the Ocelot tour if you want to see the submarine as it seems to fill up with coach trips. Plenty of loos, seating and several nice play areas for kids both outside and inside the yard, including a soft play area near one of the cafes. Highly recommend.
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visits. We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Octonauts Deep Sea Adventure and exploring our historic ships. Hearts of Oak is sometimes missed by our visitors so we're really pleased to read that this was one of your highlights. Don't forget your ticket is valid for 12 months so we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Alison H
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    Spent two days visiting the Historic Dockyard and still haven't seen everything so it is a good job the ticket is valid for twelve months. As a mobility scooter user, I did not find this visit at all difficult as such attention had been put into making as much of the site accessible, especially in the RNLI exhibition. The people who work at the dockyard are all so friendly and helpful and they were only too happy to answer questions or offer help. Every member of staff seemed to want to help you have the best possible visit and to help you find out about what you were seeing.
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your visit and it's wonderful to hear that you spent 2 whole days with us. Our staff will be thrilled to read this feedback. As you rightly say, your ticket is valid for 12 months so you have ample opportunity to come back and see us again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Hannah H
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out!
    A fantastic first visit to the dockyards and it didn’t disappoint! Watching the rope making is a must, as is a full walk along the rope making room to appreciate its sheer size! We loved visiting HMS Cavalier was an experience, especially in the rain!! Cliff was on hand to share his knowledge and it was lovely chatting to him about the likely experiences of the crew and their living quarters! We also went on the submarine, Ocelot! Slight panic ensued when at the check in point for the tour we saw a diagram showing the size of the doors we would have to get through on board, but I can ensure you, the doorways are much bigger than they have depicted! Lady was lovely and have a full health and safety before we embarked, and whilst on the tour she gave us an amazing insight into the workings of the sub! Make sure you look through the periscope!! As we had a booking elsewhere, we had to miss the lifeboat exhibition, but will return very soon to take a look!
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your visit we've loved reading about the favourite parts of your visit. Cliff will be delighted that he added to the enjoyment of your day. As we're sure you are aware, your ticket lasts for 12 months so you have ample time to come back and visit the RNLI Historic Lifeboat gallery - the RNLI is celebrating a big birthday next year so keep an eye out for announcements about an exciting joint project for 2024. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • PStadd
    Dunstable, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went twice
    Loads to do and see. Too much for one day so it's a good job the tickets are valid for a year. We spent a day and a half here. You have to book some things after you've paid and before you enter the dockyard proper. No extra to pay, just to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see everything. We booked two ropery talks and a half hour sub tour. All excellent. Staff very knowledgeable and entertaining. Two other ships you can go on. Massive collection of lifeboats and some really interesting and interactive exhibitions. There was also a show for the kids on when we were there. Lots of parking, restaurant, cafe, 2 shops, 2 playgrounds. Very well thought out. Only gripe was the lack of info regarding reuse of our tickets on the second day. ( they have to be re-activated at the ticket booth before you scan them at them at the barriers, otherwise you can't get in!) Good place. Looking forward to going back.
    Thank you for taking the time to post after your visit. We completely agree, there is far too much to see in one day and this is exactly the reason why we offer an annual ticket. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Lynne C
    Poole, United Kingdom147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit of memories
    We wanted to visit as my husband wanted to see HMS Gannett as he was on that ship when it was the Mercury as he was a young boy on the ship on 1963. The visit was. Memory for him and when talking to the man on board he let us see a file about the ship and we also have him a couple of photos of my husband. The visit was very enjoyable and we were surprised at seeing how ripe was made on the roper, very fascinating. After that we had lunch in the the mess and the food was very hot and tasty. We then visited the other places. All in all we spent about 5 hours. It was a very enjoyable visit
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your visit. It's wonderful to hear that your husband was onboard TS Mercury. HMS GANNET looks a little different these days and our staff love meeting ex. TS Mercury boys. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 15 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Walmerbee
    Deal, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out
    What an amazing site and so well presented. Excellent audio/ visual you're taking you back to the early days of shipbuilding. Three great ships to tour, with the submarine a particularly interesting experience. So many shed, rope works, buildings, lifeboats and so much more. Great day out and highly recommended.
    Thank you for taking the time to post a review after your recent visit. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Don't forget your ticket lasts for 12 months so we hope to see you back again soon.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Alan
    St Merryn, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First class experience
    First class experience in all areas of the site. Wheelchair access without fault with lifts and ramps everywhere to ensure that nothing is missed. Staff are both knowledgable and friendly and all too willing to help. Restaurant is very good and value for money, the fish and chips being of excellent quality. You need at least two days to see all of the exhibits, but can return over 12 months on the initial ticket. Excellent value for money.
    Thank you for taking the time to post after your recent visit to the Historic Dockyard. We work hard to ensure our site is accessible for all so we're pleased to read that you found visiting all parts of the site with your wheelchair easy. As you say, your ticket is valid for 12 months so you have plenty of opportunity to come back and see us again. We hope to see you soon.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Catherine H
Andover, UK18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately you dont have the opportunity to buy a day ticket you have to sign up for an annual pass (£25 pp)... we were only there for the day! Make a day ticket available to tourists please.
We begrudgingly paid, and went through to the first section of a guided tour... which wasnt actually guided as it was such a quiet day and there was a total of 5 people, so we were left to coast through. So didnt really feel that we got our value for money.
One of the ships was closed off due to bad weather, but went on the other boat and the sub which was good.
Had a coffee and a sausage roll in the cafe/restaurant and there were pigeons flying low inside, landing on tables and pooping on them.... just felt a bit grotty especially as its inside.
Overall wasnt overly thrilled on this experience, not convinced on returning.
Written 1 March 2020
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Dear 194catherineh, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your recent visit. We feel that the ticket price of £25 for an adult represents value for money considering it gives access to our 80 acre heritage site and includes access to all our galleries. We will investigate the issue around your guided tour at the start of your experience as this is something that should not happen and we will also pass on your feedback to our Catering team to look in to this situation. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed going on board one of our historic warships and HM Submarine Ocelot and albeit this time you did not have the experience you hoped for, we do hope you are able to visit us again to have a great experience and visit with us.
Written 9 March 2020
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Jack
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We were met by a woman at the front desk who looked like she would rather be somewhere else we also found her rather an unpleasant person. We then found out that for a family of four it was £71! What a liberty, I mean I love history but 71 pounds to walk around some rusting metal if I had known that these were the prices I wouldn' t have come. They are meant to be preserving history but through out the trip we kept seeing high security automated gates , one in which hit me in the leg , that's not what I want my ticket money to be spent on! I thought the exhibits could have done with more information that being said the Heart of Oak tour was really good!

We boarded the HMS Gannet which as I mentioned could have done with more information. The top deck was closed however a kind member of staff let us have a quick look. We ate lunch at their restaurant ' The Mess Deck '. Everyone in our group had the fish and chips apart from one who had the Kentish sausage and mash, the dockyard did both famous British dishes justice especially the sausages as our ' rogue ' dinner stated that they were of excellent quality, greaseless and flavoursome.

After lunch we boarded HMS Ocelot (which we had to book) but unfortunately we joined the tour five minutes before we should have a so we were given a stern telling off from an old seadog who wasn't pleased by our purely accidental mistake. Eventually our assigned tour guide showed up and he gave us a really interesting, well informed tour in short they were just a nice person to be around.

We also looked at some of the temporary exhibitions and boarded HMS Cavalier which were quite interesting.

All summed up I think this was definitely an overpriced experience you were only allowed to buy a 12 month ticket which we didn't need but yet had to buy because it was the only option. To make it worth the price it needs a bit of a refurbish ment more informative displays ( so you actually know what you are looking at) and definitely more interactive experiences for children maybe they could have members of staff dress as sailors and have them to pretend to be doing tasks that would have been done on the ships whilst explaining what they were doing.

Written by history fanatic Jack aged 12
Written 30 October 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your recent visit Jack. We believe our annual family ticket offers great value to explore our 80 acre site, three historic warships, various museum galleries & exhibitions, and gives you the opportunity to attend family friendly activities throughout the year. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our Hearts of Oak gallery and lunch in the Mess Deck Restaurant. We will be sure to pass on your feedback regarding information boards within HMS GANNET. There is plenty of information boards below deck but this can be easily missed as this pathway is not explored by all visitors due to accessibility. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the ships and galleries, you should never feel penalised for arriving early for the submarine tour. Thank you again for your further feedback regarding informative displays. Regarding refurbishment, we have an excellent team of staff and volunteers who look after the site and keep everything looking shipshape for your visit. Throughout the year we have plenty of family friendly activities for children which are included within your annual ticket so you can come back and experience our activities all through the year on your ticket. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Dockyard again soon.
Written 8 November 2022
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gordon pilcher
Felixstowe, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Would recommend that the website requires updating to "NO DOGS ALLOWED" as it currently states that although dogs are welcome they are not allowed in some of the Galleries. We visited Friday with our dog and were told that we could not take her in any of the Galleries HS reasons as a visitor previously was allergic to dogs and that they could not have a dog peeing in the Galleries. Although supposedly dog friendly there were no water bowls any where nor was there sufficient shade especially on a hot sunny day. Having pre booked our tickets we were disappointed as having the dog with us we were not able to visit all of the attractions. All staff were excellent especially the young lady who took my Wife to an outside tap to get water for our dog. Would certainly go again but on our own.
Written 17 July 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to feedback from your visit. We do mention that we are a dog friendly site as we have plenty of open spaces and a nearby walking trail, however it also states on our website that dogs are not allowed onboard our historic ships and inside our galleries. We will pass your comments onto the team to ensure this is made clear upon arrival and ensure dogs can have water bowls at hand. We hope to welcome you back again soon to enjoy the rest of the galleries and attractions.
Written 21 July 2022
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Ian L
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
The exhibitions are excellent and the knowledge of the guides outside the actual ships on show are good.
We took our 10 year old and 9 year old at half term.
Booking was easy online although you do have to register names date of births. We arrived at 10.00am and it took a few minutes to get our tickets processed. I should imagine later in the day this would be annoying if you pre-booked and then had to queue for several families to be processed because when you arrive the adults have their picture taken as the ticket lasts a year. After that you can come and go as you please.
We saw the lifeboat museum, the hook a duck, games at the museum and the 2 ships and the submarine.
We did break off to use the cafe for lunch but it took about 15mins to serve 5 families before us so this left little time to eat anything else his was the only real area that could do with improving . Allow an hour for lunch. Not vegan friendly.
The submarine and the games you have to book a slot at the start.
We didn’t bother with the rope making room and other exhibitions as it would have been too long a day for our kids and as we live 45 mins away and can make use of the yearly ticket.
We took 4 hours including 40-60 mins breaks without rushing.
The ships and the sub are very interesting but as you can imagine they aren’t very Accessible for everyone. There are steep ship ladders and the sub has small hatches that you have to navigate through along it’s length.
I recommend going in last on the sub so you can take it in without feeling pressured to move along for people behind you in your group. It’s like a very narrow corridor. The ships you can move at your own pace.
Written 13 February 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your day out with us over February Half Term. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibitions and ships. Thank you for your feedback with regard to our food options and timings for having lunch, this will be passed on to the team. We do have some vegan options available in both of our food outlets. With regard to access of our ships, HMS Gannet has an accessible ramp to allow visitors onto the main deck, HMS Cavalier is step access, however, we do have an accessible ramped entrance, please ask a member of the team when you arrive for access. For more information on accessibility at the Dockyard please visit this link: https://thedockyard.co.uk/plan-your-visit/accessibility/ We look forward to welcoming you back to the Dockyard again soon so you can continue to explore the rest of our Historic site and take part in the ropery tour and experience the other exhibitions.
Written 14 February 2023
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John C
Bexleyheath, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
(went 30/08/2021)

The ticket allows unlimited revisits for about a year so is excellent value. I last went when i was a toddler apparently but i do not remember any of that. So a re-visit was due. I have a yacht myself so was in the area for the weekend, yet only live half an hours drive away in Erith so not far to go to again. Visited all the vessels, like others say, Ocelet is the highlight but while the guide was nice we felt rushed through and hardly had a chance to take in all the rooms along the way in the sub's corridor. Cavalier was also great but the engine room and bridge are out of bounds when we were there as theres scaffolding by the bridge and the engine room has asbestos. HMS Gannet was nice but not much to see on there, the Cutty Sark has more. The RNLI display was fascinating as I know a few people who are members at Gravesend and Burnham on Crouch stations. Its a shame a lot of the steps were closed off for the exhibits though or perspex blocking steps down to the lower crew quarters on one of the larger boats. The WW2 vehicles were interesting too with so much heavy engineering on show. Thanks for all the staff at Chatham Historic Dockyard for making the day welcoming.
Written 31 August 2021
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Thank you for posting such a detailed review of your recent visit. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day. We appreciate the feedback that your visit to HM Submarine Ocelot felt a little rushed. We are operating the tours in a slightly different way this year to try to keep everyone safe but also ensure as many of our visitors can experience her interior as possible. HMS Cavalier is currently undergoing some essential maintenance and preservation work on her mast, hence the scaffold tower. We will pass on your kind words to our teams and hope that we will be able to welcome you back again soon.
Written 2 September 2021
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Peter and C
Bargara, Australia25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We went to tour the docks at Chatham and were appalled at the cost. 25 UK pounds per person is a bit steep for pensioners. Our hosts were likewise shocked at the cost. It is a magnificent site and has great history but we could not afford the entry fee. Such facilities should be far more accessible to all!
Written 10 March 2020
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Dear planty2017, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear you felt your visit was overpriced. As a charity, all profits made through the sale of our admission tickets go towards the preservation of our 80-acre historic site for the benefit of our visitors now and in the future. Our entry ticket allows access to 3 Historic Warships, 10 museum galleries and our changing exhibition programme, which we feel represents excellent value for money even if you can only visit us on one occasion. We continually check our admission prices with other attractions to ensure we are giving our visitors best value for money and we also offer concession rates. We do hope we are able to welcome you here again in the future.
Written 12 March 2020
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Adam S
Maidstone, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Fantastic evening was had by all at our table and from taking to other guests and seeing them as well it seems that Chatham Dockyard Christmas Parties have got the formula perfect. Lovely layout, greeted on arrival by lovely Lady on stilts in a fabulous outfit, who later on turned out to also be the DJ as well! She kept the Dance-floor full and ticked all the boxes by playing every tables requests so everyone got something they asked for as well. The singer/comic was absolutely brilliant, so many epic Suits as well! He kept the evening flowing and then when we thought he’d wowed us already that was just the start because he then baffled us with astounding magic tricks as well! Never seen so much entertainment from just Two people! Hope they’re on a good wage! The food was top draw and the staff and service was so very good indeed. All in all it was by far the best Christmas Party ever.
Written 1 January 2020
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Dear 144adams, Thank you for your 5* review on our Christmas Parties. We’re really pleased to hear you had a fantastic evening with us and we will pass this feedback on to our team who will be delighted to receive it. The entertainment provided by “Keep Calm and Book Us” will be thrilled to hear your comments. As a previous booker, our team will be in touch with this year’s packages and we hope you choose to celebrate Christmas with us again this year.
Written 3 January 2020
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JANDKL2
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We only had a few hours here, and its was fabulous. The architecture, the exhibits and the demonstrations, particular the rope making, made time fly. On a lovely day, the various gardens are wonderful for a rest, a snack or simply to let your imagination conjurer up what activities might have gone on around you in times gone by. To do this place justice you really need 2 days for a more leisurely exploration. We will happily return.
Written 22 January 2020
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Dear JANDKL2, Thank you for your 5* review. It is lovely to hear you had a fabulous time with us and enjoyed so much of your visit. We're glad to hear you will be returning - remember our tickets last for 12 months so you have plenty of time to visit again and get the best value from your ticket. Please sign up to our newsletter and follow our social media to find out what’s coming up for the rest of the year.
Written 24 January 2020
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Blueyebutterfli
London, UK97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
My friend and I visited here as a spur of the moment decision, because we wanted to see the submarine. We booked our tickets online from the carpark, and were able to go straight in. We were sad that due to Covid restrictions we were not able to board or touch the Sub, but we were able to view it and read all the info boards placed around it. Then we looked around at all the other items they had on show.
Lunch was limited again due to restrictions but we were able to order some chips (they were lovely), and sit inside to eat them.
We will be returning (we now have an annual ticket) and hopefully, Covid permitting, we will get to board the sub.
(We also played in the children’s park as it was empty and we are big kids!)
Written 4 October 2020
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Thank you for your review Blueyebutterfli. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your day with us and hope that we can let you see the inside of HMS OCELOT (our submarine) as soon as it's safe to do so.
Written 23 October 2020
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R C
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Went on a daytrip from London to Chatham to see the Dockyards. The walk to the Dockyards from the station was absolutely horrible. Endless streams of cars both ways, already very noisy (and lots of pollution visible over the road) made even louder by the high brick walls by the road for much of the way, and with disrespectfully narrow sidewalks and then, as a crowner: not being allowed to enter the Dockyards at its main grand entrance, but instead being made to "walk around" for another 1/2 mile or more, and then having to guess where the main building was and the ticket office.. Overall clearly very thoughtless planning by the Dockyards and Chatham City, and not at all done from the visitor's (customer's) point of view.

Chatham Dockyards and the Mayor of Chatham please take good note, and work to make a visit to Chatham and the Dockyards a pleasantly memorable experience.

Tickets at £25 were overly priced. Saying you can come back free within a year is of little value to many including me, and comes across as a rip-off.

The exhibits were pretty interesting. The history of the place, the shipbuilding, the wars, the ropemaking etc. meant you learned new things, and was good for kids (if their ticket prices got lowered too). The two ships were kind of ~ok (but SS Great Britain in Bristol was much more interesting and better presented).

The submarine tour was truly excellent and very informative, and gave you a very good feel of life on board especially due to the very good guide.

The Coffee Shop was confusing. A display of different cakes to eat with no prices marked -which gave you a sense of a rip-off being in store. Eating outside on the terrace should have been a pleasant experience, but again there was a large very noisy outlet fan from the kitchen with no sound dampeners/baffles, making it unpleasantly noisy to sit outside and enjoy our coffee (guys, come on, you can fit a silenced fan I'm sure?)

Overall I wouldn't visit Chatham and the Dockyards again due to these experiences. I would suggest to the Mayor and Council of Chatham to build some new traffic routes to take a lot of this traffic away, and to the Dockyards to lay on regular shuttle buses clearly signposted at the train station so people don't have to suffer that truly unpleasant walk, to review your ticket prices and fix that noisy fan!
Written 12 November 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write to us with your feedback. Our Main gate entrance is not set up to process visitors and we do appreciate the walk around to our main visitor entrance can take some more time, we will investigate how we can sign post this more clearly via our website. We believe our annual pass offers fantastic value for money, giving visitors the opportunity to return throughout the year to experience a range of new events, galleries and activities. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the exhibits and submarine tour, we will be sure to pass on your feedback about this aspect of your experience. Our other two historic warships HMS GANNET and HMS CAVALIER are preserved by our ship keepers and volunteers who work continuously throughout the year to keep them looking shipshape for our visitors. We believe in the value of our catering offer with both our Mess Deck Restaurant and Wagon Stop Canteen providing a variety of brilliant food choices and sweet treats at a fair price, we will pass on your feedback regarding the availability of our cakes prices. With regard to the loud outlet fan, this is very unusual and is not the case. We will investigate this to ensure it does not happen again. We do hope that when we reopen on 11 February for 2023 that we are able to welcome you back to the Dockyard to experience the rest of what we offer here, being an 80-acre site we do appreciate it can be difficult to pack everything we offer here into one day.
Written 13 January 2023
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