With the creation of our award winning building* Command of the Oceans, group visits to The Historic Dockyard Chatham just got even better! We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, becoming the only Kent attraction to hold this prestigious title!
CPT UK only award this status to attractions and locations across the country that understand the needs of coach companies and their passengers and offer the best facilities, access and information for coach drivers. We are delighted to be recognised and rewarded for our commitment to ensuring our groups experience The Historic Dockyard and its rich history and culture.
Our impressive new visitor facilities not only include a wonderful restaurant that can cater exclusively for group lunches, but a new shopping experience, four new immersive galleries, and free coach parking, with dedicated drop-off and collection points close to the visitor entrance.
Visits can be tailored to each group's requirements by working with our dedicated group sales department, who are experts in planning your day. Itineraries can include guided visits of the site, either walking or on-board your own coach, with fantastic knowledgeable tour guides, allowing your group to discover maritime history through buildings, architecture, ships and people.
Our popular Call the Midwife experiences are also available for groups; a costumed midwife will take your group around areas which have been used as locations for many of the scenes in the popular TV series. Combine this with an exclusive chance to have afternoon tea in Commissioner's House, which was also used as a 1950's style restaurant in an episode from series two.
With many more group opportunities available, such as Crash out on Cavalier, where young explorers can sleep in real ship bunks on HMS Cavalier to experience what life was like on-board, to packages for language schools to offer a rich resource for students hoping to discover more about our history and culture or merely to brush up on their language skills, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is fully equipped to cater for all your group's needs. Don't forget you can also book tickets for our Salute to the '40s event for Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September at a discounted group rate!
*Winner of RIBA South East Award 2017, RIBA South East Conservation Award 2017, RIBA South East Building of the Year 2017, Medway Design and Regeneration Awards (Best Conservation and Architecture Award and The Greatest Regeneration Impact in Medway). Also shortlisted for the RIBA National Stirling Prize.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is the only place in the world that lets you explore a complete dockyard from the age of sail and beyond. It's a unique destination that celebrates Great Britain's magnificent maritime past and unmatched contribution to the Royal Navy's shipbuilding excellence that led to worldwide command of the oceans.
Chatham offers unrivalled access to the ships that shaped the world, from a Victorian anti-slavery sailing ship, to a Second World War Destroyer or a Cold War submarine and the stories of the people who made them. From Chatham's historic buildings, from the Commissioner's House and officers' quarters to the remarkable Victorian ropery, where the rigging for HMS Victory was made, to its collection of maritime archaeology, the Dockyard forms an indispensable part of Britain's naval history and its national heritage.
As a fully accredited museum, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust collects, preserves, researches and exhibits objects and materials connected with the history of the dockyard and its people. It studies the development of Royal Navy warship design, construction and the use of the River Medway by the Royal Navy.
Visitors to and users of The Historic Dockyard Chatham are fundamental to its purpose and the economic reuse of the site and its buildings. Its staff and volunteers play a vital role in providing a high level of service and customer care. The Trust is also involved in the on-going regeneration of Medway and The Thames Gateway, with Culture and Heritage at its heart.