The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Chatham Dockyard, Kent
SatNav: Region:
ME4 4TY South East
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Ships No
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 1 Open

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What’s Here

A very large site that is fully open to the public, telling the story of the dockyard and naval warfare. The Gannet is owned by 849 Squadron Association, and was previously located at Culdrose. Large naval exhibits include HMS Cavalier, the only surviving British WW2 destroyer, and 1960s submarine HMS Ocelot. Between 1999 and 2004 this location was known as ‘World Naval Base’.


Chatham Historic Dockyard, east of Rochester, north of the A321, in Kent. Well signposted. From Junction 1 of the A2/M2, follow the A289 to the Medway Tunnel and then turn right towards Chatham after exiting the tunnel.

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Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm GMT, 16 February to 30 March 2013; 10.00 am to 6.00 pm BST 31 March to 26 October; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm GMT 27 October to 1 December. Closed December and January.


See official website for details.


Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

Gannet AEW.3 XL500 (photo, Dan Lord) Another view of the Gannet (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
WG751 Westland Dragonfly HR.3 WG751 Complete Displayed

Gannet AEW.3 XL500 has been bought by Tim Manna of Kennet Aviation for restoration to airworthiness as G-KAEW.

More Information

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Sail & Colour Loft, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. Tel: 01634 823800.
Website: The Historic Dockyard or Historic Dockyard Chatham


‘Waveney class’ RNLI Lifeboat
(photo, Dan Lord)
RNLI D-class in-shore life boat ‘Blue Peter III’
(photo, Dan Lord)
HMS Gannet, the last surviving RN sloop
(photo, Dan Lord)
HMS Ocelot – open for tours
(photo, Dan Lord)
WW2 destroyer HMS Cavalier
(photo, Dan Lord)

Dragonfly HR.5 WG751 (photo, Dan Lord)

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