The Historic Dockyard Chatham

In a nutshell

Learn all about how ships are designed and engineered at this historic dockyard. Fun for all the family and suitable for all ages.



Contact details

Tel: 01634 823800

Activity type

Birthdays, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology, Theme Parks

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham details...

For a great day out that all the family will remember, pay a visit to this fascinating riverside attraction, one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations.

Only at The Historic Dockyard Chatham can you explore three incredible warships and discover over 100 years of life at sea; make rope like the Victorians at the quarter of a mile long Ropery and discover over 400 years of maritime history.

Visit Steam Steel and Submarines, which tells the story of Chatham Dockyard and the Royal Navy’s use of the River Medway in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore 3 Slip – The Big Space which is a museum store of really big boats, giant tools and steam machinery from the collections of The Historic Dockyard and the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham.

There’s even a small submarine! Then it’s off to the No. 1 Smithery, where all the family will enjoy unique and previously unseen maritime artefacts, national and international touring art; education areas and interactive family learning and entertainment spaces that inspire all age groups.

The Railway Workshop has locomotives in their workshop, but it’s also a great play area and indoor picnic site! Children can even have a birthday party there.

With so many things to see and do and a ticket that is valid for 12 months, the Dockyard is not only a great place for the family to visit, but also great value for money!

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