The most interesting dockyards in the UK

There are many interesting places in British city that have a flavor of their own, and dockyards are one of these places. In the past for building and repairing ships, so there were the center of activity in any port town. Nowadays, when ships are built in high tech-shipyards, the dockyards or yore have a different purpose. Some of them have been demolished, but some are now historical tourist attractions were you can catch a glimpse of Britain’s past as the queen of the oceans. If you want to see something different and interesting, pay a visit to some of the most interesting dockyards in the UK.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham, Kent

The Chatham dockyard has been in existence since the beginning of the 16th century, in the times of Queen Elizabeth. Although it started out as small and insignificant, it bloomed into an important dockyard – both Francis Drake and Admiral Nelson learned their trade here. Today the dockyard is an 80 acre historical attraction on River Medway, with tours and lots of information on the ships built there. You’ll be astounded by the magnificence of HMS Victory (built in 1759) and other ships that shaped the naval history of the UK.

Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard, Portsmouth

The British Navy used to be known and feared all over the world, and many of the nation’s victories throughout history are thanks to the Navy. You can visit the home of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and see some of the most famous ships in the history of the country. There’s no better place to experience 800 years of naval history than here, nor to learn how ships were made and repaired in the past. Play ship captain for a day, or lose yourself in the heaps of Navy memorabilia.

Harland and Wolff, Belast, Northern Ireland

By rights, Harland and Wolff should be one of the most interesting dockyards in the UK, because this is the very place where the Titanic was built. The dockyard is still functional and keeps building ships even now, so public access to it is limited. However, there are several Titanic tours that will allow you to take a look at the dockyard, as well as several other interesting Titanic-related sights. The historic parts of the dockyards are really not recognizable anymore, but we dare you to take a tour without feeling a thrill of emotion when you think of the significance of the place.

 

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