Historic Dockyard Chatham

Due to the coronavirus, museums and galleries across the country may be closed or you may have to book a timed ticket in order to visit. Please check their websites and social media channels for up to date information.

The Historic Dockyard

  • Phone: 01634 823800
  • Information Line: 01634 823807

A unique, award winning maritime heritage destination with a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, PLUS a fabulous programme of temporary exhibitions at No.1 Smithery. Make rope on the Victorian Ropery Tour; be gripped by stories of life aboard our Three Historic Warships, see BIG ‘things’ in 3 Slip The BIG Space and hear of heroic stories in RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. Visit the beautiful Commissioner's garden and the Railway Workshop Picnic and Play indoor soft play or the outdoor adventure 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 a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and family activities. Steam, Steel & Submarines - explores the Royal Navy’s use of the River Medway in the 19th and 20th centuries, representing a time of power, strength and adaptation, not only in terms of the ships built, but the people behind the dockyard, without which Britain may not have achieved such global influence. Incredible value for money! With so much to see and do, you can come back again and again with your 12 month ticket. (Terms and conditions apply).

Further information

Opening Hours:

See www.thedockyard.co.uk as seasonal opening applies: 10 February - 2 December 10am-6pm BST, 10am-4pm GMT Closed during January and December


TICKETS ARE VALID FOR 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF FIRST VISIT: Adults: £24 Concessions: £21.50 Children: (5-15 yrs) - £14 Family: (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children £63 Additional Family Child - £10.50 Discounts available online


  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Travel directions:

By Rail: For the Historic Dockyard Chatham please alight at Chatham. (40 mins from London St. Pancras, 1 hour from London Victoria and 1 hour from Margate) By Bus: Local Bus Routes Arriva 101, 116 & 190 By Road: Follow brown tourist anchor signs from A2/M2 Junctions 1 or 4, or M20 Junction 6 For Satellite Navagation please use ME4 4TY

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Children's play area
  • Dogs welcome
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Indoor soft play area
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General audio-guide available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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