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“Too much for one day”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Chatham
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Steeped in history, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is home to historic warships, a working Ropery, museum galleries and hundreds of compelling stories.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Too much for one day”
Reviewed August 23, 2011

We visited Dicken's World before we came here which was a mistake because it took time away from a much better attraction which takes more than a day to explore fully. On the other hand the comparison between the two was enlightening; the Dockyards are a real piece of history, beautifully preserved and looked after and of course it could be nowhere else. Dickens World would be better anywhere than where it is and is a cheap and shoddy memorial to a great man.
Things we liked - the chance to go into a battleship, a training ship and a sub; the professional way that the tours are timed ad managed; the friendly and knowledgeable staff; the Ropery Tour with the wonderful Mr Steve.
Things that we liked less - poor service in the restaurant; poor selection of goods in the shop; the lack of anything from the Titanic in the Titanic exhibition.
Room for improvement - more interactivity, especially for kids.
We really appreciated the tickets that allow entry for a year. There is so much to do that we had to miss quite a bit. We will certainly be back.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank YandMTravel
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Take a trip into history at the Chatham Dockyard”
Reviewed August 21, 2011

When you are in county Kent, pay a visit to the Chatham Dockyard. It is a must go see for all those who like ships & history. You see all kinds of ships, learn about the naval history over 400 years, enter a submarine and see how life is on board of one. Go to the ropery and find out more about ropemaking. Or make a piece of rope yourself!! This is really an educational fun day out!! A great way to spend a holiday!! So go see the Chatham Dockyard!!!!

Visited July 2011
2 Thank Winneke
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West Malling, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great day out - more to see than we remembered”
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We hadn't been here for a while & were really impressed by the range of things to do. At £15.50 each it seemed pricey but as we can come back again on that ticket it made it good value. We enjoyed the Titanic & sister ships exhibition & then the collection of ship models & art, beautifully displayed. The destroyer HMS Cavalier is really impressive, you can even go up to the bridge, the Gannet & Ocelot is also worth seeing. There were steam trains running up & down the tracks & trips aboard the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle could be booked. Even the maligned by one reviewer Ropery talk/demonstration was good fun, & yes the children seemed to love it. . We spent 5 hours there & didn't see it all so yes we would recommend.

Visited August 2011
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Norfolk, UK
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“History with a difference - a great day out!”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

Firstly make sure that you arrive early, as you are going to be needing the whole day to explore and enjoy the dockyards and associated buildings.

If you are going to do just two things on the site then you MUST book a tour around the Ocelot Submarine (get your ticket from the grey building adjacent to the submarine when you first arrive), and a trip to the Ropery with the very dry but humorous foreman 'Mr Steve'.

As you walk through the cramped conditions of the submarine, you can see everything from the torpedoes and tubes, to the engine compartment. Look through the periscope and see the very 'friendly' living conditions of the crew.

As for the Ropery, then Mr Steve will keep you entertained with the manufacturing of rope. Just make sure to keep in line, otherwise you WILL become part of the exhibit as I found out. If ever there was an oscar category for museum staff then Mr Steve would win hands-down!

If you have ever visited an attraction and found yourself hunting around for a toilet, then you definately wont have this problem here, as there are more facilities than you can shake a stick at!

Those who find walking (or climbing) a difficulty have also been well catered for here, as there are lifts where appropriate and computer terminals where you can explore the ships and submarine,

The only downside to this trip (and it was at the end of a very long day) was a trip to the 'Wooden Walls' tour. Im sure a lot of money was spent on creating this exhibit, it has not been implemented very well. Bascially you walk around various staged scenes where you listen to some audio of the figures 'talking' about how timber ships were built from the view point of a young apprentice. However the problem is the audio is difficult to make out, you dont know when to move on (hence why a human has been employed as a guide), and it isnt really that exciting. If only they had another 'Mr Steve' interacting with the audience then this would have been much better!! (tip for the dockyard if they read this).

Dont let this put you off though, as this truly is a whole day experience with lots to see and do and well worth the £15.50, especially as you can come back again during the year!

Visited July 2011
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Wymondham, Norfolk
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151 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A Grand Day Out”
Reviewed October 27, 2010

So much to see and so much to do. The ships on display are open to explore with friendly, well informed staff to help. F or me and my fellow travellers we thought that the RNLI exhibition shed was excellent. A great display of lifeboats from the past with lots of information, all well set out. If anyone is in Kent for a holiday or short break this is a MUST visit. Well done to all concerned.

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