Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Chatham, Kent

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Made at the dockyard since 1618, now it’s your turn to create your own rope using Chatham Hemp.  Discover how rope is made and why it was so important to the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. A dramatic reveal uncovers the remarkable quarter-mile long ropewalk, where rope is still made today.  But don’t be late, the Foreman and his staff are waiting for you.

Beyond the ropery, experience over 100 years of life at sea on-board three historic warships.  Take the helm of the Victorian HMS Gannet (1878), peer through the periscope and swing through the hatches of the Cold War submarine HMS Ocelot.

Stand on the open bridge of the Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, imagining what it could have been like on one of her Arctic Convoys. Don’t miss the Hearts of Oak gallery, No.1 Smithery and an enthralling programme of events.

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