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“HIstoric Royal Navy Dockyard” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TZ, England
+44 1634 823807
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Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Embark on a year-long voyage of exploration and discovery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail and one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations. This unique, award winning attraction has a remarkable range of museum galleries, iconic buildings and historic warships to explore, together with a diverse programme of events, family activities and outstanding temporary exhibitions.
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“HIstoric Royal Navy Dockyard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

There is so much to see here that a full day or more is really needed. The highlight would have to be the rope making shed...a massive structure that seems unchanged from all those years ago...the rope making demonstration was brilliant and the 'old tar' that gave it a real star.
There are plenty of real ships (destroyer, submarine etc) to clamber over and view. The dry docks and ship building slips are so evocative of the historic age of sail...you really can imagine Nelson turning up for a test sail of their latest frigate!

Visited October 2012
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“Historic docks and film set”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Visited again to join the guided tour of the " Call the Midwife" film locations. Absolutely fabulous tour which give more information than we had seen on previous visit. Amazed to learn that 75 per cent of the film "Les Miserables" had been recorded here. Will watch it again with added interest. Tickets are valid for 12 months so plan to revisit several more times.

Visited June 2013
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“Great day out - not enough hours in 1 day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We have long wanted to visit the dockyard, and it didn't disappoint. Lots and lots to see, the ropemaking demo' was brilliant, as was scrambling through the submarine...
We both thought that at least two days is required to do this venue justice, which is good as it's not cheap to get in; £17.50 for an adult which entitles the visitor to re-visit again during the next 12 mths.
On a downside, the restaurant was very expensive, as was the outside 'tea' wagon - £1.80 for a paper cup of coffee - take a flask as there is an inside picnic area!

Visited May 2013
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“Nothing ropey about this venue!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is a fantastic day out. We took the whole family (2 +2) including two grandparents (£77). Large rough car park (don't park in the middle if it's raining). Large site with three large ships including submarine. Book the Rope House visit on arrival (no extra cost) and then immediately book your tours of the submarine and warship. Allow an hour for each. Submarine tour can be managed by most depending upon your level of fitness! Steep stairs (go down backwards - ladies wear trousers) and large round hatchways to 'swing' through when moving down the vessel may deter very young, parents with babies and less mobile (not to mention claustrophobic!) Anyhow very worthwhile - fantastic experience. Rope House is an absolute must with theatrical guide. Chance to buy samples of rope made before your eyes in the traditional manner - have 50p ready. Staff are all very helpful. Antarctic Exhibition photos and artefacts are outstanding. Ships models in the Smithy are excellent. Restaurant reasonable prices - soup recommended! Other 'sheds' have excellent static displays - enjoyed the range of lifeboats. Enough for two days for the historically minded. Limited range in the gift-shop.

Visited May 2013
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“Need a full day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Well signposted with plenty of parking on arrival, the historic dockyard is an excellent day out. There is plenty to do and see although you are advised to arrive as early as possible. Tours of the Submarine Ocelot are booked up very quickly as are tours of the Victorian Ropery. There is still plenty to keep you occupied should you miss these tours and tickets are valid for a year which allows you to return whenever you the get the chance.
There is a restaurant on site or should you prefer you can take your own and picnic in the railway workshop where there is also a play area for the kids.
There are volunteers with first hand knowledge situated around the site to help with any questions you may have.

Visited May 2013
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