The combination of history and ships is a compelling one. We have explored a number of museums and attractions as a family which offer both of these themes, and they have all been big hits. One of the best places though to get a hands on look at maritime history is Chatham Historic Dockyard. The Historic Dockyard in Chatham made and repaired war ships during the 17th and 18th centuries. The most famous ship ever built here is HMS Victory, best known for playing her part in the Battle of Trafalgar under the leadership of Lord Nelson and still a commissioned Royal Naval ship today.
Chatham Dockyard is located on the River Medway in Kent. For over 400 years Chatham Royal Dockyard provided many ships for the Royal Navy, and was at the forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. At its height, it employed thousands of skilled artisans and covered 400 acres. Chatham dockyard closed in 1984, and 84 acres of the Georgian dockyard is now managed as a visitor attraction by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. It’s a great day out and the sort of place you’ll want to revisit again as it is difficult to fit it all into one day.
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