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Venue hire

All hands on deck

... for your perfect event

Where else can you hold a business meeting among the very timbers where legendary Admirals have planned historic battles? Say your wedding vows under sails that have witnessed timeless stories of love and loyalty across the world’s oceans? Or celebrate special occasions in rooms where illustrious heroes have rejoiced in their greatest victories?

Set among 400 years of maritime history, Kent’s Historic Dockyard Chatham provides an iconic backdrop with a variety of unique venue hire spaces perfect for all events.

Complete with spectacular, breath-taking architecture, our historic venues are well equipped with modern facilities. Our flexible spaces can be transformed for all occasions, ranging from large gala dinners and award ceremonies to intimate private dining and bespoke product launches. Perfect weddings and epic parties to productive away days and practical business meetings.

Although the Dockyard is currently closed, the hospitality team is still working hard behind the scenes, looking after existing bookings and taking new enquires. Please do get in touch.

Our team

... keeping everything shipshape

Our dedicated hospitality team is available to help you plan your event, from the moment you make an initial enquiry through to the event day itself.

Use our website for information about our spaces and inspiration for your event. When you’re ready, get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Call us on 01634 823846 or email:

Firstly we had a fantastic day we could not have asked for it to be any better, The bridal room and facilities where exceptional, the ceremony on HMS Gannett was faultless , and the evening reception was superb , everything went to plan

Mr & Mrs Hollingsbee | Wedding

We had a lovely evening on Saturday night, the staff were lovely well organised kind, helpful, polite and nothing was too much trouble, what a lovely venue, compliments to the chef the food was delicious.

Maureen & Graham Goldsmith | 60th Birthday

We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. The staff were friendly and accommodating and made the whole process as stress-free as planning a wedding can be. Our guests loved the unique setting for the ceremony on board HMS Gannet, and the house and gardens at Commissioners House made the perfect environment for everyone during the wedding breakfast and evening reception. It was a truly magical day.

Mr & Mrs Daniels | Wedding
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

Last updated: 11 May 2020