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Chatham Historic Dockyard #BriFri #Itinerary

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

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Last week, I reviewed the funny, quirky film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Becky reviewed the children's book, An English Year.

As I mentioned in my post about Brit Movie Tours, I want to take the Call the Midwife tour at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham.

The Nonnatus House and the interior scenes of Call the Midwife are filmed at a studio. But many of the exterior scenes with midwives bicycling around the East End of London are filmed at the Chatham Dockyard.

Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime museum inhabiting a portion of the Royal Navy's facilities that were in use for several hundred years before they were closed in 1984. The Historic Dockyard houses an extraordinary number of exhibits including three historic warships, a Victorian ropery, and a lifeboat collection.

Besides Call the Midwife, many other shows and movies have also been filmed at this historic site and the tour will cover those as well. Here are a few, with links to the description by the Kent Film Office of the locations used:

One exciting aspect of the Call the Midwife tour is that the tour price of £15 includes the entry fee for the Historic Dockyard, normally £24. That's a real bargain!

Here's my proposed itinerary for a Saturday day trip from London that includes the 1:30pm Call the Midwife tour.

Getting There

9:27 Take the train from London St. Pancras station
10:05 Arrive at Chatham Railway station
Walk (20 to 30 minutes) or take a bus or taxi to the Historic Dockyard


Tour the newest exhibit, Command of the Oceans, mostly about the Age of Sail


Mess Deck for "a delicious menu of locally sourced meals and sandwiches," including Fish & Chips


Tour the Steam, Steel, and Submarine exhibit
1:30 Take the Call the Midwife tour (I fully expect Rick to skip this in favor of more time with the steam engines)
Tour the HMS Gannett, an 1878 warship powered by sail and steam

Getting Back

Grab a sandwich at the Wagon Stop Canteen for the return trip
17:45 Walk back to Chatham Railway station
18:24 Train leaves for London St. Pancras station

I'd like to make this day trip early in our visit to London because Rick might say that one day wasn't enough and he wants to return for a second day trip. If we return on a weekday, I want to see the rope-making demonstration at 12:30pm.

This would be a big day of travel for us, so I would want to plan easy days, like walks in a park or along the Thames, for the day before and after.

Here are all the ways, besides re-watching Call the Midwife, that I could prepare for this special day:

Chatham Historic Dockyard #BriFri #Itinerary

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