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From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands, Chatham Dockyard has been at the centre of British Naval history for 400 years


No.1 Smithery
Historic Warships
Victorian Ropery
From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands Crisis ships built, repaired and manned from Chatham Dockyard secured and maintained Britain’s command of the world ocean’s and the global position it has today.
Located on the river Medway in between Rochester and Chatham. The Dockyards was at the forefront of Royal Navy ship production and industrial and architectural technology for over 400 years. The dockyard was closed in 1984 and was transferred to a charity called the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

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Today, as a visitor attraction, you can explore the dockyard and experience the way shipbuilding has developed from the wooden Victorian sloops to the mighty battleships that have defended the British coastline for centuries. From the No.1 Smithery and the ‘BIG’ museum, visitors can see national treasures and magnificent artwork of all sizes and scales. Whether you want to view massive machines, like a Chieftain AVRE tank or enjoy a more personal touch by making your own rope in the Victorian Ropery, Chatham Historic Dockyard has everything to inspire all age groups.

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Visitor Information
Chatham Dockyard is open daily, 10am to 6pm. Entry costs around £17 for adults, £12 children. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ. Tel: 01634 823800

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