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Unique venues

Tie the knot

Your wedding

Making memories

A Fantastic Wedding Venue Hire to Tie the Knot

Mentioned by Wedding Ideas Magazine, in the top ’16 Britain’s Best Wedding Venues’ 

Here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, we offer two unique ceremony venues and a memorable reception venue. Being onsite at a 400 year old ex working Dockyard, complete with ships, incredible architectural buildings, beautiful gardens and more, it gives couples an amazing backdrop for their special day.

To get in touch with us for quotes and for more information please call Chloe on: 01634 823846 or email ch-events@chdt.org.uk 

(Office hours are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 

Our next wedding showcase is Sunday 3rd February. Registration is free! Meet with one of our dedicated Wedding Co-ordinators who will discuss your wedding day with you, talk you through the suitable options and show you around the venue! You will also get a glass of fizz on arrival! Please Register here 

Why choose us?

  • Options to get married both inside or outside, using The Commissioner’s House & HMS Gannet
  • The Commissioner’s House will be exclusive for you and your guests
  • Services of our wedding co-ordinator
  • Choice of two fantastic Kentish caterers for your food
  • Use of the entire site for truly unique photographs
  • Ample free parking on-site
  • A fully licensed bar within The Commissioner’s House
  • Easily accessible by public transport
  • Local hotel located on the outskirts of our car park, meaning plenty of room for guests to stay!
  • Unique and historic Kentish setting, at the worlds most complete Dockyard of the Age of Sail
  • Use of our Bridal suite, so you can get ready here on the day
  • Stunning landscaped gardens with a balcony; plenty of space for large group photos.

We currently have late availability dates in 2019 for both venues here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham – Including Saturdays! Please get in contact to find out more 

Contact us today to find out more....

Commissioners House

Venue details

Britain’s oldest naval building, complete with stunning Georgian architecture, offers gorgeous exclusive space for your ceremony and reception.

  • Exclusive bridal suite complete with balcony and views of the Garden
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Exclusive garden for photographs and reception drinks
  • Onsite parking close to the venue
  • Choice of three ceremony spaces within the house.
  • Evening reception space for up to 120
  • Two fabulous caterers to choose from



Ceremony Theatre – 60


Reception Rounds – 120


  • Ceremony Theatre – 60
  • Reception Rounds – 40
  • Long – 30

Sunne Room

  • Ceremony Theatre – 60
  • Reception Rounds – 48
  • Long – 30

HMS Gannet

Venue Details

The beautiful Victorian Sloop creates a unique setting for your ceremony. Combine this with drinks on board before your party makes their way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day.

  • Exclusive use of the ship
  • Can include reception drinks on board
  • Fantastic photo opportunities


Main Deck

Ceremony Theatre – 80

Captains Cabin

Ceremony Theatre – 40

We are now offering CELEBRANT CEREMONIES:

A great way to make your ceremony bespoke to you, involving family and friends in this process.

We can offer a celebrant ceremony in the following venues:

  • The Commissioner’s House (Sunne and Annex)
  • The Commissioner’s House Patio
  • The Commissioner’s House Gardens
  • HMS Gannet
  • 3 Slip Mezzanine
  • Smithery Courtyard

Images of these venues are shown below

Contact our sales team for further information: 01634 823846 | ch-events@chdt.org.uk

Wedding Packages

We offer a variety of packages that we have created to make your day special.  These packages include both of our venues: HMS Gannet & Commissioners House. With weekday packages, weekend packages and evening food & drink options. Contact our team to find out more


Thank you to Mr & Mrs Hollingsbee for sharing your special day with us.

Credit: Edward Groves (Tel: 07988 815557)


Read some of our lovely testimonials that we have had through this year

We had our wedding onboard HMS Gannet and our reception at the Commissioners House! Was a fantastic day, all the staff were so nice and very helpful. All our guests has an amazing time and we would definitely recommend for a venue. We also spent our 5th wedding anniversary there and was a lovely day out - the improvements since we got married there are amazing!

Mr & Mrs Clack

Our experience of booking our wedding reception at the Dockyard was positive and straightforward from start to finish. The information pack was full of relevant information, and during a planning meeting every detail was covered. During the build up to the wedding it was so nice to be in safe and experienced hands. On the day we couldn’t have asked for a better level of support, just the right balance of being there for us but not intrusive. All of our guests had a great time, and having the garden so close to the marquee gave children a safe place to play. Being able to use Commissioners House and other areas of the Dockyard for photographs allowed some wonderful photos.

Mr & Mrs England
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Please see our  variety of recommended suppliers below:

Lardercraft - Catering

Run by Kevin and Nina, Lardercraft Catering is an event caterer with over 20 years’ experience in organising and running events all over the South East.

Pomegranate - Catering

Pomegranate provides professional catering services for Kent and the South East, with a team of top professionals dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Whether you want a top quality wedding catering team to help ensure getting hitched goes without a hitch or are simply seeking professional dinner party caterers to cook for an intimate affair at home, Pomegranate can help.


Based in a studio in Medway, Sweet Pea & Olive have been providing the people of Medway with beautiful fresh flowers for all occasions for many years. Each order is designed specifically for the individual customer and only the freshest flowers are used. Same day delivery is also available here.

Sue Davies Flowers

Sue has worked free lance in the flower industry for many years in Kent and East Sussex and is able to provide all types of flowers, from Wild Flowers in a woodland style to more formal pieces for any occasion. Sue also offers no obligation consultations with clients prior to making a booking.

Iain Baker Wedding DJ

As a professional Wedding DJ covering most of Kent, Iain has a huge number of events behind him and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Iain prides himself on his work and making sure that the client gets exactly what they are looking for. As well as providing the music, Iain can also provide other options, such as being a master of ceremonies or providing mood lighting.

Song n Dance

Song N Dance are based in Rochester, Kent, providing mobile entertainment throughout Kent, London and the surrounding counties. They cover anything from private functions i.e. weddings and parties through to specialised events and corporate functions. Song N Dance has been built on experience, professionalism, recommendation and understanding of its clients with over 25 years of experience. Their clients parties and events are all tailored to produce the best possible party atmosphere along with our very competitive prices.

Perfect Touches -  Venue Dressing 

As a family business, Perfect Touches can guarantee you a personal service to meet your specific requirements for that special day.


Be it your Wedding Day, Birthday or a Business Conference, they offer services that provides that perfect touch to enhance your special occasion.


Perfect Touches believes that every client deserved the very best and will cover all of the South East.

Nicky Thomas - Photography

Nicky Thomas can add a sparkle to any event he photographs, be that a wedding, family party or sporting event.


Nicky’s passion for photography shows in all his work and he does his best to make his clients feel at ease in front of the camera.


Based in Medway, Nicky has been a photographer for events at The Historic Dockyard before and knows the venue well!

Ivitamay Photography

Stacey Cooper is the owner and creator of IVITAMAY photography. 


Ivitamay is a friendly bespoke photography service created specifically to capture the most natural moments.


Ivitamay’s style is based on organic serendipity and aims to work with you every step of the way to capture those special moments that words just cannot describe, and that last a lifetime.

Classic Flowers and Events Maidstone

Classic Flowers and Events are Multi Award Winning Family Run Florist priding themselves on Quality of Flower, value for Money and Great Customer Service.


They are able to work with any budget and offer a range of venue styling services, including chair covers and sashes and table centre pieces!

Bonne Bouche Cakes

Bonne Bouche understand that your cake will be a very important element of your celebration and take great pride at being asked to be a part of it.

Whether it be a sumptuous wedding or a small gathering for a birthday, they will work closely with you to ensure that the cake they create is perfect for you.

Debbie offers a consultation service prior to booking, so you can meet with her and get a feel for her work inside her cake studio!

David DiCara Toastmaster

As an experienced toastmaster, David’s foremost desire is to understand how you would like your event to run and then to work with everyone involved to make it happen.

As your Toastmaster, David can be formal in his approach or more relaxed, bringing a lighter touch to proceedings – the choice is of course yours!

Based in Kent, he regularly attends over events in Kent, London, Essex, Surrey and Sussex as Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies.

Designed By Brownings

Designed by Brownings have a range of collections to inspire you, from a classic timeless design to something a bit more glitzy and glam and all the wedding stationery collections can be completely personalised and adapted to meet your own specific requirements.

They offer several services including ‘Match Your Colour Scheme’, a ‘Design Management Service’ and tracked delivery.

Lasting Memories

Run by Yvonne Roberts, a family celebrant based in the heart of West Kent. “My focus is to provide you with a beautifully written and unique ceremony, whether it is for a WeddingVow RenewalNaming Ceremony or a Funeral Ceremony.”

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We re-open to the public on Saturday 2nd February 2019

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