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“One of Kent’s Top 10 stunning venues”– Kent Life


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

Looking for your dream wedding venue? …congratulations! 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:

01634 823846 or email 

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

What's on


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Please click the button below for our late availability dates for 2019.


Venue Hire

What's included

  • Exclusive use of Commissioner’s House (ground and first floor) and Gardens
  • Use of HMS Gannet for your ceremony (if you wish to use it)
  • Round tables (seats 8-10) and chairs
  • Use of small Cake & Guest book table if required
  • Ivory chair covers for the Banquet chairs
  • Use of up to two easels to display table plans/welcome signs/etc
  • Use of our Microphone and PA system for speeches (if needed)
  • Our staff to run your wedding day (including an event supervisor and bar staff)
  • Services of our wedding co-ordinator to help plan your wedding day from start to finish
  • Use of the entire site to use as an incredible backdrop for your photographs
  • Use of our Fully Stocked and Licensed Bar (accepting both cash and cards)
  • Ample free parking
  • Use of our stunning wedding suite for you to get ready here on the big day
  • Disabled access into Commissioners House (lift) & onto HMS Gannet (ramps) 
  • Downstairs toilets including a disabled toilet

2019, 2020 and 2021 venue hire prices are as per below:

  • Ceremony Only £1500.00 inc VAT
  • Reception Only £2850.00 inc VAT
  • Ceremony & Reception £3750.00 inc VAT

01634 823846 or email 

Commissioners House

Venue details

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

  • Options of 3 ceremony areas: patio style ceremony (seating 60) or two beautiful inside rooms: The Sunne Room (seating 60) & The Ballroom (seating 60) 
  • Options of 3 Wedding breakfast areas: Marquee (seating 120, round tables) The Ballroom (seating 40, round tables or 30, long tables) & The Sunne Room (Seating 48, round tables or 30 long tables) 
  • 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
  • Two fabulous caterers to choose from

Contact: 01634 823846 or email 

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
  • Two on-board ceremony areas: Main Deck (seating 80) and Captains Cabin (seating 40) 
  • Can include reception drinks on board
  • Fantastic photo opportunities
  • Onsite parking close to the venue

Contact: 01634 823846 or email 

Wedding Packagaes

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. We are delighted to work with two caterers who we could not recommend enough to deliver delicious wedding breakfasts and evening food. Food & drink is included within these wedding packages, therefore we have an examples of a menu within our packages to help you cost up your ideas.  – Please contact our team to find out more.


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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