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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Chatham, Kent, England

  • Children jumping on a large anchor sculpture at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
  • A family of four, with the two children holding a large saw, which is cutting into a large log at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, plus an incredible programme of temporary exhibitions in No.1 Smithery.

Make rope like the Victorians on our magical Victorian Ropery Tour and get a taste of life at sea aboard our Three Historic Warships. See BIG things in 3 Slip The Big Space and learn of heroic stories in RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. Visit the Commissioner's garden for a little peace and quiet after allowing the children to let off steam in both The Railway Workshop indoor and outdoor adventure picnic and play areas.

No. 1 Smithery: National Treasures Inspiring Culture is an all-round treasure house for the whole family with brilliant new galleries displaying world class maritime treasures from two national museums and home to our changing programme of temporary exhibitions and family activities.

Steam, Steel and Submarines lets you discover the Dockyard story from Victorian times through two World Wars and become inspired by the innovation and bravery of those who worked here.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Chatham, Kent, ME8 4TZ, England


Click here to visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham's website
01634 823800

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

11 February to 25 March

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

26 March to 28 October 

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

29 October to 26 November

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Adult: £24.00

Concession: £21.50

Kids (5-15): £14.00

Family of 4: £63.00

Addition Kid (Family): £10.50

More Information

Eating information

The Historic Dockyard Chatham proudly offers a variety of great British food to the visitors looking for something to eat. BRAND NEW Mess Deck offers a delicious menu of locally sourced meals and sandwiches freshly prepared here at The Dockyard each day. Enjoy Great British favourites such as our renowned ‘Fish and Chips’. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy hearty ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, baked potatoes, cakes, biscuits and great tasting Kentish ice cream at The Wagon Stop Canteen. Food served here can be either taken-away or eaten alongside our locomotives. Visitors are welcome to bring along their own refreshments and enjoy them in any one of open spaces such as Commissioner’s Garden or the Tennis Court Lawn. They cater for all allergies and food intolerance's - just let them know how they can help!

Pets allowed

Pets are allowed. (but not in to the galleries)


Plenty of toilet facilities all throughout the site.

Baby food facilities

There are baby food/milk warming facilities available. 

Parking facilities

Free visitor car park next to the main entrance.

Public transport


Follow the Anchor Signs from Junctions 1, 3 and 4 of the M2 and Junction 6 of the M20. If you are using a satellite navigation system insert the postcode ME4 4TY.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN The Historic Dockyard is within walking distance (20-30mins) from Chatham railway station which is regularly served by high speed trains travelling towards and departing from London St Pancras as well as London Victoria and Charing Cross. The railway station features on many local bus routes.

ARRIVING BY BUS The Historic Dockyard is served by a number of local bus services currently operated by Arriva buses. - the most frequent bus being the service 101, 190 and 182 that stops at Dockyard Main Gate.


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