From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands Crisis ships built, repaired and manned from Chatham secured and maintained Britain's command of the world ocean's and the global position it has today.

Royal Dockyards provided the Royal Navy with the shore support facilities it required to build, repair and maintain the fleet. Central to any Royal Dockyard were, as the name suggests, their dry docks and it was the provision of these expensive structures that set the Royal Yards apart from their civilian counterparts until well into the 19th century. aa

By the mid-18th Century the Royal Yards had developed into the largest industrial organisations in the world with complex facilities supporting thousands of skilled workers in a wide number of trades. Indeed it was the level of the facilities and skills provided in the Royal Dockyard's, particularly at Chatham that underpinned the Royal Navy's success at sea – from victory in battle; through the epic voyages of discovery made by Cook, Darwin  and others; to the ceaseless anti-slavery patrols of the 19th century and the imposition of Pax Britannica.

How to find Chatham Dockyard

If you are using Satellite Navigation, insert the postcode ME4 4TY and use your Satellite Navigation system in conjunction with the brown tourist signs to find the visitor car park and entrance to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
NB:  When referring to "brown tourist signs" in the text below, this refers to both brown anchor signs and brown signs with the words "The Historic Dockyard" on.
The quickest and easiest route to The Historic Dockyard by road is via the A2/M2 junction 1 then follow the brown tourist signs and use the A289 (Wainscott Bypass) and the Medway Tunnel straight to our front door!

Chatham is only an hour's drive from London, Dover and the Channel Tunnel and a short distance from the M25. The site is sign posted from junctions 1, 3 and 4 of the M2. Follow the brown tourist signs.