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“Fun for all the family”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Call the Midwife Location Tour in Chatham
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Chatham
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Steeped in history, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is home to historic warships, a working Ropery, museum galleries and hundreds of compelling stories.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was our second visit as the tickets last 12 months, it covers such a large area we explored different things, lifeboats, WWll vehicles, a 1798 sailing ship, a warship, and a submarine are just some of the exhibits but my favourite was the Victorian ropery where you get shown round by a girl in costume ours was named Sam and she was fantastic even had the voice, we even had a go at making rope. BBC's The midwife is filmed here, there is a play area and cafe's it is a whole day visit some things are timed but free. A great day out for children to grandparents perfect for the summer holidays.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

we liked the ropery and the guide was excellent we now know what cat of nine tails mean you also need a good pair of legs which I havent its quite tiring

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Chatham Dockyard is an excellent series of exhibits demonstrating the development of Great Britain as a sailing superpower and how the site grew and developed over time. Currenty it costs £18.50 for full adult admission. This sounds a lot but it is good for as many visits as you want over a year, and this site needs more than one day. It also has changing exhibits over time.

We had bought our tickets as part of a hotel package which stated they were worth £18.50 each, deliberately planning a couple of days at the Dockyard. However when we arrived we were told hotel tickets were only good for one day. So we had to pay an additonal £3.20 each to upgrade our tickets for the second day. This was on a 'Great Little Breaks' deal so if you are on one of those do be aware.

On arriving on our second day there was a short queue which didn't seem unusual. However it didn't move along much. We found out why when we got to the till because the woman staffing it seemed determined to find something wrong with everyone's the tickets. She closely inspected ours several times claiming they were for one day only, even questioning us about the gender of the person who had served us the previous day! Beware of a woman with very short silver/grey hair on the till, she seems to have some 'authority issues'.

This is a great location though with many very helpful and knowledgable volunteers. If the weather is not kind many exhiits are under cover. Food prices at the cafe and restaurant are reasonable, and there are interesting views of the river.

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Historic Dockyard. Well planned and spaciously laid out, the various exhibits were within easy walking distance of each other.. The Ropery was particularly interesting and our guide in period costume acting the part of works foreman was informative and humorous in his presentation. Suggest you book the timed tour on arrival at the dockyard.
The submarine "Ocelot" tour also runs at specific times and should be booked. Access through the inner hatches requires the visiter to be moderatly nimble so check the size of the hatch in the display before you get on board - but great fun. Interesting to see just how cramped it was to spend weeks on end where the crew had to work and live.
We ate at the snack place at the Railway Workshop and loved the variety of delicious Kentish pies available.
Lots of interaction and activities for the kids while parents are absorbing the historical detail on the information boards for each exhibit. You can focus on this period of naval history or simply relax and enjoy the overall experience of the day.

Thank bergview
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We arrived on the Gillingham bound train from London Charring Cross at just after 11.00am after a little search we found a bus, No140 that took us from the Railway Station almost to the Dockyard gates, the entrance fee is a bit steep but it does last for a year so if you use it a couple of times it is very reasonable.
We toured round the Destroyer, Submarine, Steam/Sail Warship, Engine sheds and Ropery, by this time we were wacked and took tea in the engine shed café, all the staff on site were very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank Peter74050139
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