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The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham stands as the world's most complete dockyards from the Age of Sail, the period from the 16th to the 19th century when ships dominated trade and warfare. Explore 32 hectares (80 acres) containing warships, museums, and historic buildings. Head into the steam, steel, and submarines exhibit to learn the history of the dockyard through photos, artifacts, and models. Take audio-guided tours of the HMS Gannet (1878) and the HMS Cavalier (1944) and follow a guide around HM Submarine Ocelot (1962) to learn the roles of these warships in the Royal Navy. Visit the ropery with a costumed guide to see what a Victorian factory was like. If you get hungry, eat at the on-site restaurant serving locally sourced food or bring your own picnic. And if it rains, you can bring your food into the railway workshop, which also contains an indoor playground for children. Use our Chatham online tour itinerary planner to visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham on your trip to Chatham, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great place for adults and children alike. Lots to see especially war equipment and ships. Very interesting rope making your  more »
  • Plenty to do and see here for young and old alike. The main attraction has to be the two ships and the submarine which you can go around. The submarine HMS Ocelot is probably the most interesting...  more »
  • Such a great place! Loads to do for all ages and so much history! We did the Call The Midwife tour which was fun. The submarine tour is a little tight so bear this in mind when booking!... It's really interesting though. Apparently the Captain was 6ft4"!
  • Marvellous day out. Shed loads of British history particularly maritime history. Loved the tour of the submarine with a great guide. Rope factory a treat. Good cafe too. Highly recommended
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