£36 – £38

Guided tour of the Historic Dockyard at Chatham

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Main Gate Road

Chatham

ME4 4UY

United Kingdom

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Please meet at main gate by 11:50am

The Royal Navy Dockyard was established in Chatham in the mid-16th century and subsequently expanded into neighbouring Gillingham - at its most extensive, in the early 20th century, two-thirds of the dockyard lay in Gillingham, one-third in Chatham. It came into existence at the time when, following the Reformation, relations with the Catholic countries of Europe had worsened, leading to a requirement for additional defences. For 414 years Chatham Royal Dockyard provided over 500 ships for the Royal Navy and was at the forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. At its height, it employed over 10,000 skilled artisans and covered 400 acres (1.6 km²). Chatham dockyard closed in 1984, and 84 acres (340,000 m2) of the Georgian dockyard is now managed as a visitor attraction by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

The tour will be led by Dr Martin Watts, Associate Lecturer with the Open University and will begin promptly at the main gate. We will start with the main exhibition Command of the Seas for an hour (following by a quick lunch: 30 minutes) and then take in the three historic warships which will allow you an opportunity to discover what life was really like onboard a Victorian sloop, A WW2 destroyer and a cold war submarine (there will be a specialist guide around the sub). Following this section we will go to the Ropery and will finish off with a visit to the No.1 Smithery.

Directions: https://thedockyard.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-times-directions/

(Image is of the Chatham Dockyard in 1790 by Nicholas Pocock via Wikimedia Commons)

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