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Call The Midwife Location Tour

Call the Midwife’s producers Neal Street have partnered with The Historic Dockyard Chatham to create the OFFICIAL Call the Midwife Tour. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth this BBC drama series is set in 1950’s East End London and follows the lives of a group of nuns and midwives who face challenges working in a poverty-stricken area.

The 90-minute tour takes you through various historic locations around the 400-year old Dockyard and includes a new permanent exhibition featuring props, costumes and sets from the successful TV drama, now in its eighth series. There’s a recreation of the Nonnatus House dining room set from Series 1, the dispensary room, costumes including Barbara’s wedding dress, a pram and, of course, a bicycle!

Your costumed Tour guide will take you through the ‘streets of Poplar’ and reveal behind the scenes tricks including how the production team created snow in July and what they did with smelly fish on set!  You will also get to see the ship which Sister Evangelina and Trixie had to climb aboard to help the Captain’s daughter give birth.

Many Dockyard buildings stand in for London locations but with a touch of camera trickery, for example Admiral’s House stands in for The London Hospital and the production CGI the coat of arms on the building into a clock. Steps and a doorway leading into the Victorian Ropery building are transformed into Poplar Police Station with the help of a lamp and noticeboard as props.

Along Ropery Alley stone doorways to tenement buildings are made from plywood and children’s chalk games adorn the brick walls left from Series 7.  During filming the production team hang washing lines along the cobbled street using rope from the Ropery. The Grade One Listed Old Yarn Mill is a popular location for the show and has featured on screen as the derelict building where Nurse Lee’s boyfriend Alec had a nasty fall. It was transformed into a Chinese laundry for one episode and even an East London Boxing Gym for another.

At the conclusion of the Tour you find yourself in the beautiful secluded garden of Commissioner’s House and can rest your weary feet on the bench where Helen George filmed the heartbreaking scene where Trixie breaks off her engagement before heading to the shop to purchase Call the Midwife merchandise to take home.

Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner, commented: “I love filming at Chatham. It’s a place with such history, and it’s such a great location in which to recreate the feel of Poplar in the Sixties. We’ve been very lucky over the years to be able to turn these wonderful streets and historic buildings into a vibrant East End neighbourhood – and now I’m delighted that our fans can come and see all those iconic places for themselves.”

The Call the Midwife Tour ticket allows you access to all The Dockyard’s galleries for the day meaning you can explore over nine galleries, it’s three historic warships and the working Victorian Ropery that surround the “Poplar” streets.


Tours are priced at £25 for adults and £21 for children.

To book visit:…/call-the-midwife-location-tours/

Call the Midwife returns with a new Christmas Special in December 2018 and Series 8 in 2019.

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