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“Very good attraction”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
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Ranked #1 of 32 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Norwich, U.K.
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Very good attraction”
Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

The Chatham Dockyards are an excellent attraction with plenty to occupy at least half a day. From the RNLI collection of old lifeboats to the Victorian Ropery there is plenty to keep everyone interested. Whilst we were visiting there were several school parties who were kept engaged by very knowledgable guides. Things not to miss include a conducted tour of the submarine, HMS Ocelot and a rope making demonstration.
Only slight downside was the restaurant which seemed rather disorganised and unable to cope with was a relatively small number of visitors.

Thank Jazzjerry
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Maidstone Kent
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A brilliant day out”
Reviewed 22 May 2012

Facsinating insight into a dockyard that operated in Nelsons time, with more recent exhibits of Naval vessels from the 20th century. Don't miss the ropery

Thank Frank
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2012

The ropery is very interesting, The guided tour HMS Ocelot was very disappointing - not worth waiting.

Visited April 2012
Thank Marta N
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“1940's event, Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed 15 May 2012

It was great so many people were in vintage costume. The air raid siren going off every so often was really eery and the Air raid shelter visit was well worth the money! We had cups of tea and a bun from the NAAFI we went on a submarine, and we witnesssed the re-enactment of the raid on the docks during WW2. It was quite hard to see because it was so crowded and that particular bit was not very well organised. My youngest daughter was only 4 and we had to lift her up to stop her from getting crushed in the squeeze! It was so bad actually that we had to get out because she was getting quite frightened, not by the bombs but the crush of the crowd. My eldest daughter, age 10 had been studying WW2 and the whole visit was so immersive that it was like being transported back so that she could see what it was like in 'the olden days'. We watched the singing and dancing from some of the 1940's singers and saw shops set up with all the things that would have been sold back then. We saw a bombed out house and where people had dressed up in vintage costume and with vintage bicycles, cars and other vehicles it was like walking back in time. A fantastic day out, well worth a visit.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank KirstyG22
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hobart tasmania
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Ropery and local history”
Reviewed 14 May 2012

We visited this venue on a cold day, we had a nice coffee in the lovely warm restaurant which gave us the strength to carry on!
We visited the Ropery which amazingly has not really changed its process for years. The team there were well informed, friendly, happy to answer my questions, and a good laugh.
We were lucky enough to bump into a volunteer on the HMS Cavalier who took us into the nooks and crannies of the ship( I called it a boat and got quickly reprimanded :) he shared stories with us, and we loved the private tour and information sessions by Keith. Even though it was a bleak day, we still enjoyed this exhibit and dockyard museum very much.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank louieHobartTasmania
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