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The Historic Dockyard of Chatham

Climb aboard an English battleship and go back in time to the Age of Sail at Chatham’s informative and interactive dockyard time capsule.

The Historic Dockyard of Chatham contains over 80 acres (32 hectares) of historically significant buildings, galleries and wartime ships. Its 400 years assisting the Royal Navy, from Tudor times to the 20th century, has given the Historic Dockyard a rich maritime heritage for visitors to discover.

Explore the dockyard’s huge buildings, newly restored to provide a historically accurate account of dockyard life through the ages with informative and educational permanent and temporary exhibitions. Visit the dry docks and building slips, the carpenters’ shop and the yarn houses for rope-making. Hundreds of warships were built on this site over the years; three have been kept and preserved for display in the marina. Climb aboard the historic warships: a Victorian naval sloop, a World War II destroyer and a Cold War submarine. Learn about the mechanical aspects, wartime strategies and camaraderie of life at sea.

Find out about life in the Age of Sail from the many diverse artifacts on display in the Collections Gallery. From antique dockyard cigarette boxes to relics from a 1758 shipwreck, these pieces of history paint a picture of what life was like for dockyard workers and sailors in the English seas and beyond.

See more than 20,000 pictures in the Historic Dockyard photography collection. Some of the pictures date back to the very early beginnings of photography. Photographs include snapshots of Royal Navy personnel hard at work on the River Medway.

The Historic Dockyard is located just north of central Chatham on the River Medway. Ample free parking is available. Tickets to the dockyard can be purchased on site and are valid for 12 months after purchase. The dockyard is closed over December and January and has seasonal opening times during the rest of the year, so call ahead to confirm before planning your trip. Check what exhibitions are available at the dockyard’s changing temporary exhibit space.


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Lovely 3 Bed Flat by the Historic Chatham Dockyard and Universities
Lovely 3 Bed Flat by the Historic Chatham Dockyard and Universities

Lovely 3 Bed Flat by the Historic Chatham Dockyard and Universities

6 Admiralty Gate, Dock Road, Chatham, ENG
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fort Amherst and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Brook Theatre and Royal Engineers Museum are also within 15 minutes. Chatham Station is 19 minutes by foot and Gillingham Station is 22 minutes.

    King Charles Hotel £45
    King Charles Hotel

    King Charles Hotel

    Brompton Road, Gillingham, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Gillingham, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Engineers Museum and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort Amherst are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gillingham Station is 12 minutes by foot and Chatham Station is 26 minutes.

      Bridgewood Manor £39
      Bridgewood Manor

      Bridgewood Manor

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Chatham, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral and Kent Life. Historic Dockyard Chatham and Leeds Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Brook House - Beautiful Modern Apartment
        Brook House - Beautiful Modern Apartment

        Brook House - Beautiful Modern Apartment

        Chatham, ENG
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Chatham, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Chatham Station is 8 minutes by foot and Rochester Station is 24 minutes.

          Chatham Maritime Travelodge
          Chatham Maritime Travelodge

          Chatham Maritime Travelodge

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Chatham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Amherst and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Royal Engineers Museum and Brook Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            The Wharf Medway
            The Wharf Medway

            The Wharf Medway

            25 The Wharf, Dock Head Road, Chatham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are also within 15 minutes. Chatham Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rochester Station is 20 minutes.

              Queen Guest house £40
              Queen Guest house

              Queen Guest house

              13 Marlborough road, Gillingham, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Gillingham, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chatham Naval Memorial and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Royal Engineers Museum and Brook Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gillingham Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chatham Station is 28 minutes.

                St George Hotel Rochester-Chatham
                St George Hotel Rochester-Chatham

                St George Hotel Rochester-Chatham

                7-8 New Road Av, Chatham, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Chatham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Restoration House are also within 15 minutes. Chatham Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rochester Station is 16 minutes.