The Southeast Sights

Historic Dockyard

  • Main Gate Rd. Map It
  • Chatham
  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The buildings and 47 retired ships at the 80-acre dockyard across the River Medway from Rochester constitute the country's most complete Georgian-to-early-Victorian dockyard. Fans of maritime history could easily spend a day at the exhibits and structures. The dockyard's origins go back to the time of Henry VIII; some 400 ships were built here over the centuries. Highlights include Maritime Treasures, a museum of naval artifacts including some remarkable 18th-century scale models; the Victorian Ropery, where costumed guides take you on a tour of an old rope factory, including its impressive ¼-mile-long rope walk, where ropes are still made using old methods; and the Courtyard, part of the old Smithery (blacksmith), where special events are sometimes held, including pirate-themed fun days for kids in summer. There's also a guided tour of the submarine HMS Ocelot, the last warship to be built for the Royal Navy at Chatham. Save your ticket, as it's good for a year.

Sight Information


Main Gate Rd., Chatham, ME4 4TZ, England

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Sight Details:

  • £19
  • Mid-Feb.–Mar. and late Oct.–Nov., daily 10–4; Apr.–late Oct., daily 10–6. Closed Dec.–mid-Feb. Last admission 45 min before closing

Published 08/18/2015


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