How to get to Chatham Dockyard

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By Road
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.

From Junctions 1 and 4 of the M2:
Follow the A289 to the Medway Tunnel. At the tunnel follow signs to Chatham and the brown tourist signs to the Visitor Entrance and car park at the north end of the site. .
From Junction 3 of the M2 and Junction 6 of the M20:
Follow the signs to Chatham, A229, then A230 and A231 and the brown tourist signs to the Visitor Entrance and car park at the north end of the site.
We have ample parking for cars, minibuses and coaches.


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By Train
Chatham is easily accessible via regular train services departing from and arriving at London Victoria (1 hour) and London Charing Cross (1 hour), and from St Pancras International (40 mins) via the new HS1 Highspeed Service.

For a full Southeastern Rail Network Map click here

For up-to-date travel information click here

By Bus:
Arriva buses 140/141, The Dockside Outlet Shuttle and Amberlee University Service 2 provide frequent services from Chatham Station to Dock Road which runs alongside The Historic Dockyard.

Both Arriva and the Dockside Outlet Shuttle offer a hop-on, hop-off service allowing unlimited travel for one price.

Click here for Arriva mainline service information.

Click here for Medway’s bus timetables.Bus services may be limited at weekends and Bank Holidays.  Please check the timetable before travelling.  Other buses run to The Historic Dockyard Main Gate only and then on to Gillingham. Bus timetable information is available by ringing +44 (0) 871 200 2233.  Visitors can alight at one of three stops – each requires a further short walk:
-The Historic Dockyard Main Gate – during normal opening times (10am – 6pm) you can enter here and you will be given a pass to walk through The Historic Dockyard site to the Admissions Desk where you should purchase your ticket.  Assistance can be provided by vehicle if required – just ask the Security officer at Main Gate.

-The Observatory – walk past the Leap Frog Day Nursery and through the barriers across the car park to The Historic Dockyard Visitor Entrance and Admissions Desk.  This is a private road and not under our control.  Therefore this is not an ‘official’ entrance but saves a bit of walking!
-Dockside Outlet Centre – Walk in front of the main entrance of the Dockside Outlet Centre, out of the car park to the roundabout with the Bell Mast to your right.  This is The Historic Dockyard Visitor Entrance if arriving by car.  Walk towards the covered slips on your right and across the car park to the Visitor Entrance and Admissions Desk.

Visitors travelling from the Kings Hill and West Malling area are now able to benefit from the new and improved 151 bus service (for more information on this service, click here)

By Taxi:
A taxi from the station is around £6 but may be higher at certain times and at weekends and Bank Holidays.  Ask to be taken to The Historic Dockyard Visitor Entrance off Western Avenue, not Main Gate.Visitors to Tenants or Residents can enter The Historic Dockyard via either security gate and should ask the taxi driver to drop off at the relevant location on site.
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