£69.00 per person
Step into the heart of Chatham’s legendary ship building heritage and return to the ‘Age of Sail’, when the Dockyard built mighty ships that won command of the world’s oceans. Peer through the periscope of a Cold War Submarine, command the bridge of a WWII Destroyer and ring the ship’s bell aboard a Victorian Sloop.
From the Blackmore Vale area, we take you directly to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Once here step into the heart of Chatham’s legendary shipbuilding heritage and return to the ‘Age of Sail’, when the Dockyard built mighty ships that won Command of the world’s oceans. Test your sea legs as you peer through the periscope of a Cold War Submarine, command the bridge of a WWII Destroyer and ring the ship’s bell aboard a Victorian Sloop. Delve into the award-winning Command of the Oceans interactive gallery and imagine the crash of the waves as you explore the UK’s most extensive collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboats before gaining the first-hand experience of life as a Victorian ropemaker.
Discover how ships, including HMS Victory, were designed and built. Immerse yourself in the vivid Hearts of Oak audio visual-gallery and explore four superb new interactive galleries. There is nowhere that you can get a sense of how British maritime innovation engineering and design broke the mould on the historic warships. From the moment you see them, and as you walk the decks, you will sense the vision, grit and hard work that created them and the courage, determination and endurance of the sailors who sailed them. There is also a treasure house of maritime treats at No. 1 Smithery which encourages visitors to unearth incredible stories through objects, paintings and play.
It is also home to National Museums: Collection and Research, state of the art environmentally controlled storage space for over 3,000 models and artefacts. There is also No 3 Covered Slip which was built in 1838, which when built was the largest wide span timber structure in Europe. Today it is home to a vast array of epic objects and vehicles.
Depart Stalbridge: TBC
Return Stalbridge: 20:00 approx
All itineraries are approximate and subject to change