Hms Ocelot Chatham Dockyard UK

Many years ago, I spent some time with my sister at one of the local museums, glancing into the past of Nazi Germany by way of a Submarine. They are intimidating and massive, yet they maintain a sense of agility and flow through the water like gliding fish.

This was the case of the HMS Ocelot, located in Chathem Dockyard, United Kingdom. This massive structure has had a world-wind of historical experience. She was launched on May 5, 1962 and commissioned for service on January 31, 1964. The HMS Ocelot was the very last diesel-electric sub built for the Royal Navy at Chatham Dockyard.

She was sold in 1992 and preserved as a fully functioning museum in Chatham Historic Dockyard. Visitors can make their way through the submarine, taking notice of sleeping quarters, battle gear, warheads, and the hundreds of gauges that make this monster of the water operate.

Take note that due to the nature of HMS Ocelot’s small passageways and hatches, there is no access on board for people in wheelchairs. This is a tight squeeze with steep ladders and small hatches, so if the environment is not one you can be comfortable in, a virtual tour of the submarine is available on the dock-side.

If you’re planning a trip to the Dockyard to see the HMS Ocelot, as well as the other attractions, there are many resources available in the surrounding area to make your visit a memorable one.


If you making an extended your trip to Chatham, these are some wonderful options. These hotels offer a special leisure package which includes free entry to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Holiday Inn Rochester-Chatham
Maidstone Road
Click here to go the the hotel website

Bridgewood Manor Hotel
Bridgewood Roundabout
Walderslade Woods
Click here for details of the ‘all inclusive’ package

Best Western Manor Hotel
Hevercourt Road
Click here for details of the ‘all inclusive’ package

Ramada Encore Chatham
Western Avenue
The Historic Dockyard
Click here for details on the ‘all inclusive’ package

Ramada Maidstone
Nr. Maidstone
Click here for details of the ‘all inclusive’ package|

Food and Drink

There are several options for dining in the area including the on-site indoor picnic area where you are more than welcome to bring a picnic lunch for your family.

Let’s not forget the Wheelwright’s Shop, which was built in 1780 and is constructed from warship timbers. It has now become a completely refurbished, fully licensed Restaurant which offers a wide variety of excellent refreshments – hot and cold lunches, snacks, beverages and pastries.

For more information or to make a booking contact 01634 823815.

Deals and Discounts

The Historic Dockyard has a reciprocal ticket offer with the Royal Engineers Museum – show your Historic Dockyard ticket at the R E Museum and receive a discount on your entry.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent is a wonderful location for a family, friends, or even an outdoor garden wedding. The 80 acre estate boasts marvelous galleries, museums, and historical architecture. Start planning your trip today.