The Historic Dockyard Chatham is
Europe’s most important maritime heritage destination.
The 80-acre site dates back more
than 400 years and was once one of Britain’s most important
Among its displays are warships, exhibitions
and some of the country’s best architecture.
Three of the nation’s most powerful fighting
ships are on display – HMS Cavalier, Britain’s last remaining WWII
destroyer, the submarine HMS Ocelot and after restoration, the last
Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet. Guided tours around the destroyer and
through the submarine are included in the entrance price.
The award-winning Wooden Walls animatronic
gallery allows visitors to walk through the Royal Dockyard of 1758
and discover how Britain’s wooden warships were built.
Lifeboat!, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute National
Exhibition, tells the story of one of Britain’s vital volunteer
services with a display of 16 full-size lifeboats, film and
The Ropery is a unique quarter-mile long
building where craftsmen still use traditional techniques to make
the quality rope that rigs the world’s grandest sailing ships.
Number 3 Slip - The Big Store
In this spectacular timber framed structure,
built in 1838, visitors can see large military artefacts from The
Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers' Museum collections and take
a lift or stairs to the magnificent mezzanine floor.
The Kent Police Museum, craft workshops,
licensed restaurant and teashop are also on site.
Value for money entrance ticket
Individual visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham can now
benefit from the all year round ticket. Pay once and visit as many
times as you like in 12 months. It's great value for money.
Museum of the Royal Dockyard
Chatham Dockyard Historical Society was
founded in 1980 by a group of dockyard workers dedicated to
perpetuating the history and work of Chatham Dockyard. By the time
the dockyard closed in 1984, they had created a museum of dockyard
and naval artefacts in the old Lead and Print Mill.
In the spring of 2001, the Society's
historical collection was amalgamated with the Historic Dockyard
Trust's own collection to form the new larger Museum of The Royal
Dockyard in the Fitted Rigging House, on Anchor Wharf.
The Society is very active, staffing the
museum, meeting the public and dealing with many and varied
questions. The Society's reference library is thought to be one of
the finest sources of nautical history in the south-east.
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