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Filming & Photography

A unique historic film location with genuine Victorian and Georgian buildings, cobbled streets, warehouses, docksides and historic warships.

Filming & Photography

Through a different lens

The Historic Dockyard Chatham spans 80 acres, has over 100 historic buildings and structures dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods to the present day, thus making it suitable for any period location over the past 200 years.

It provides the ideal location for your next shoot, be it a feature film, TV series, game show, pop promo or photo shoot. From a crew of two on a fashion shoot for a few hours to a crew of two hundred on a blockbuster film for several weeks, Kent’s Historic Dockyard Chatham not only provides the ideal film friendly location but also the space to accommodate your requirements.

Location Benefits

Our commitment to filming goes beyond just providing a location. We work with you to solve issues and to make sure you achieve what you want to shoot.  We understand that it’s often the small things that matter – like a separate power supply to plug the camera truck into or a fresh water tap for the caterers.

We also work closely with Medway Council, Kent Film Office and local companies to assist you in finding additional locations in the area to suit your needs.


We have plenty of onsite parking, not just for a Unit Base but, also to accommodate cast, crew and SA parking requirements. There is no need to source separate parking facilities once you have chosen us as a location.


We have great relationships with local accommodation providers, such as the Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa and Village Hotel Maidstone.


We are just 50 minutes by road from central London, as well as being served by high speed trains from St. Pancras International (35 minutes).


A private and discreet site with easy control of access. Our walled and gated environment provides safety for all within our location.


From the initial enquiry until the end of your shoot, our team will be on hand throughout. They will be both in office and on location during your time with us.


With over 700m2 of space to use, our costume area, is ideal for crews needing a holding area. The space is equipped with electric points, tables and chairs, making it perfect to use for hair, make-up, internal or general crowd holding.


We have excellent 24/7 in-hour security with CCTV and we are able to work with your chosen security company to control access.


We can accommodate crews from small teams of two people to over 200 on our site.


We have a range of ancillary spaces around the site suitable for green rooms, some of which come complete with kitchen facilities and tables and chairs. These rooms also work well as production office space.

film set at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Important imformation

Master Ropemakers

Our subsidiary company, Master Ropemakers Limited, can supply all your needs in respect of rope, both for rigging and dressing and through our contacts we have access to various vehicles and reenactors.

Three Historic Warships

Nowhere can you get a sense of how British maritime innovation, engineering and design broke the mould than on our three historic warships – HMS GANNET, HMS CAVALIER and HM Submarine OCELOT. They can all be hired for filming and photography shoots.

As seen in …

You’ll recognise The Historic Dockyard Chatham in many blockbuster movies and hit series.

Marvel Studios (2023)

Loki – Season 2

Production filmed a stunt scene on 3 Slip Mezzanine.

Marvel Studios / Disney (2023)

Secret Invasion

Production used a wide range of the site, including Anchor Wharf, the Ropery streets, the Tarred Yarn Store and the rear of the Officer’s Terrace.

Series 3 (2023)


Production visited for Series 3, areas featured include The Ropery Alley, Anchor Wharf  and The Tarred Yarn Store.

Netflix (2022)

Enola Holmes 2

From September to November 2021, production filmed a variety of scenes in the Ropery complex of buildings.

Anthony, Benedict and Colin Bridgerton cast in 3 Slip at The Historic Dockyard Chatham



Production filmed exteriors of the Ropery and Officer’s Terrace, which were used as stand ins for various London streets and the Tarred Yarn Store was transformed into a boxing club. No 3 Slip was a venue for a public Boxing match.  Commissioner’s House Garden stands in as the Bridgerton family garden for several scenes.


A Spy Among Friends

Anchor Wharf and HMS CAVALIER feature in Episodes 1 & 2 of the series, doubling as a Russian ship and dock.

Series 1 & 5

The Crown

For Series 1, production filmed a dockside scene on Anchor Wharf after building part of the side of a ship.

For Series 5, production filmed a couple of scenes at Anchor Wharf of the Queen boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia and visiting the ship prior to her being decommissioned.


Operation Mincemeat

Production filmed on HMS CAVALIER and at Anchor Wharf. HMS Cavalier is hard to spot, but it features at the beginning and end of the film in a sequence where the Allied forces are approaching the coast of Sicily.  Anchor Wharf doubles as the R.N. Submarine Base at Holy Loch.

Get in touch

For more information or to discuss using The Historic Dockyard Chatham as a location please contact us:


01634 823846