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“A Great day out”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Ranked #1 of 31 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Rochester, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“A Great day out”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

When you are in the Medway area of Kent, besides Rochester, you must go to see the Dockyard in Chatham. A lot of walking is involved but if you can do it it is worth it. Go to see the rope-making also while you are there. A Great day out

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Paul B
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Essex England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Brilliant day out”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

We had a wonderful day at this dockyard. Plenty to see. Not a good place to go if you have any problems with walking. Our children also found everything very interesting.

1 Thank Olive Lydia C
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Bisley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Too much to see in a day - but overall excellent.”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

A great place to spend the day, or several days, with diverse things to see and do. Engaging and helpful staff and never a dull moment. You really need to get there early and plan to spend the whole day there. Get any timed tickets early such as rope making and the submarine then fit the day around these. There are lots of almost hidden gems so take your time and get down those back lanes and see what you can find. There is only 1 small cafe and a mobile team shop (and old wartime mobile canteen) as far as I can see so take the chance for a break now and then or it can be thirsty work fitting it all in.

Visited June 2012
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90 reviews
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“Fascinating from start to finish”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

This museum plus immersive attraction brings back a wealth of maritime history and was thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike. Try to go when the rope spinning is underway.

Thank Bossingtonian
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“Mr steve of the Ropery - outstanding character”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

What everyone else has said about Chatham is all true, but I must make mention of Mr Steve on the Ropery Tour. He was informative, educational, entertaining and funny! Feminists and simple minded political correct wowsers would not agree with me. He portrays a Ropery supervisor set in the mid 1700s and he talks to us and expects us to answer as if we were indeed in his Ropery in the mid 1700s. We had to call him Mr Steve. He looks like someone from that time - slightly grubby around the edges, he has a great leer, the character that he plays is definitely sexist and my wife and I loved the experience. He used a great range of English sayings and from his explanations we learned their origins eg "let the cat out of the bag" and "full measure" to name but two. He called for volunteers and showed us how rope is made, and we were allowed to take a bit of our rope away. Finally we were allowed to explore the longest rope making workshop. Fantastic session! But when you go, be prepared to role play, because Mr Steve will :)

Visited June 2012
1 Thank SarElOzzie
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