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At the Historic Dockyard Chatham, we are certainly not short on space. From product launches and photo shoots to fairs, film sets and exhibitions, we have a diverse range of indoor and outdoor spaces available for hire.

Our dedicated team will be on-hand from initial enquiry through to assisting on the day of the booking.

Outdoor spaces

The Historic Dockyard estate covers 80-acres meaning there is ample space for outdoor events of all shapes and sizes.

Museum Square & Helipad

Surrounded by historic buildings, warships and lifeboats, Museum Square and the Helipad provide great historic backdrops and plenty of outside space. Perfect for product launches, classic vehicle clubs and larger outdoor event space.

Indoor Spaces

... Covered Slips

During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy began building covers over its slipways and docks used for shipbuilding to protect the ships’ timber hulls. The oldest of the surviving slips, 3 Slip, and 5 Slip now offer unique spaces that can be hired for large events such as fairs, exhibitions and award ceremonies.

3 Slip

The magnificent 3 Slip is among the most remarkable architectural achievements now surviving at the Historic Dockyard. When built in 1838 it was the largest wide span timber structure in Europe. A large mezzanine floor sits above a fascinating collection of epic objects from both Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the Royal Engineers collections.

Standing: 400

Theatre: 400

Banquet: 400

5 Slip

This huge ancient monument normally houses our visitor car park but can provide an excellent space for events, especially fairs and exhibitions. It is easily accessible and a brilliant blank canvas.

Standing: 800

Theatre: 800

Banquet: 800

Indoor spaces

... No.1 Smithery

The expansive No.1 Smithery was begun in 1801 to help meet the Dockyard’s growing need for ironwork. After a major redevelopment, the building now offers modern museum galleries, temporary exhibition galleries and flexible event spaces.

The Courtyard

At the heart of No.1 Smithery is The Courtyard, a large open space that allows guests to stand among the original architecture of the historic building with its huge anchor pits, chimneys and rugged industrial feel.

Standing: 300

Banquet: 200

Theatre: 30


... tell us a little about the event you're planning

Please use the form below to tell us as much as you can about the event you’re planning and a member of our hospitality team will contact you to discuss your plans in more detail. If you would rather speak to us directly, please call us on 01634 823846.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Notice to Visitors

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust welcomes the news that museums and visitor attractions are able to reopen to visitors from 4 July.

We are actively planning to welcome visitors back to the Dockyard as soon as we are safely able to do so but this will be some time after 4 July.

We will make a further announcement to confirm the exact date as soon as we can.

In the meantime, much of Dockyard life has never stopped. Master Ropemakers has started operating again and we are taking forward bookings for filming, group travel and hospitality, including weddings. Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will resume shortly.

We would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

Last updated: 25 June 2020