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Your dream kent wedding

Welcome to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, if you’re looking to tie the knot in Kent, we can offer you a spectacular, exclusive use wedding venue full of history and charm.


It all starts with tying the knot

Nestled within our private estate we have 4 timeless ceremony venues and a breathtaking reception setting, complete with its own secret garden.

The Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building, is an elegant Georgian-style house with a choice of beautifully restored rooms to suit all party themes and sizes. The surrounding Commissioner’s Garden provides an unforgettable setting for drinks receptions and photographs.

Not many people can boast they were married on a ship. If you’re looking for a venue with a difference, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham you can say your vows aboard the elegant and romantic, HMS GANNET, a sloop of the Victorian Royal Navy.

If you’re seeking a venue that combines historical significance, elegant surroundings, and impeccable service The Historic Dockyard Chatham is an amazing choice of venue.

Key Details

Your planning starts here

Stunning maritime location

Exclusive venue use for every wedding

We can accommodate from 15 – 250 guests

Licenced for ceremonies

Dedicated wedding coordinator offering personalised service

Incredible backdrops for your wedding photos

Wedding Suite (for the bridal party to get ready on the day)

In-house Bar and recommended caterers

We work with only the best, explore our reccomended caterers

Getting here

The Historic Dockyard
Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ

There is free, onsite parking for all guests.

Need to know

  • Child Friendly: Yes
  • Late License: 12AM
  • Accommodation: No
  • Disabled Facilities: Yes

Sealed with a kiss

Your Ceremony

We have four stunning historic venues, for you to say ‘I do’. A selection of both indoor and outdoor spaces to suit all party sizes means we have your perfect spot to tie the knot.

There are a range of local churches in the area, for those wishing to have a church ceremony. 

The Sunne Room

With breath-taking views over the landscaped Commissioner’s Garden and a balcony perfect for your bouquet toss, this beautiful Georgian room is a wonderful inside ceremony space.

The Sunne Room is suitable for ceremonies seating around 70 guests.

The Ballroom

Located on the ground floor of the Commissioner’s House, the Ballroom is wonderfully light and airy and has doors leading out onto the patio, ideal for a warm day.

The Ballroom is perfect for ceremonies seating around 70 guests.

HMS Gannet

This beautiful Victorian sloop is the most unique ceremony venue in Kent. The Captain’s Cabin, seating up to 40 guests for intimate ceremonies or the main deck, perfect for up to 100 guests.

Combine with drinks on board before your party makes its way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day. Need we say more?

The Patio

If you want that idyllic summer setting, this may be the space for you. The patio soaks up the sunshine and boasts two options for your all important walk down the aisle.

The Patio can seat around 80 guests for your ceremony.

Overall we had the best wedding day we could of hoped for. It was stress free and we were able to enjoy every moment of the day. I would highly recommend the venue to anyone else as it’s such a beautiful venue but also you could decorate it with it reason with whatever we wanted and were continually told it was our day we do with it what we want


Quite simply the best day of our lives. Unique location steeped in Naval history offering an authentic unique wedding venue. Facilities are all well looked after. Staff are very friendly and relaxed and extremely helpful. No pressure and they go over and beyond to make your day special and hassle free. They catered for all our requests and helped us with last minute things and emergencies. Thank you so much to Chloe & Lisa and the rest of the team to making our day simply the best ever .


Chloe was wonderful and made everything simple, she kept in regular contact and was happy to ask any question! We had the best celebration of our marriage with so many happy memories! So thank you x


Many thanks to both of you for giving us the info, and then getting everything in place for our Wedding last Saturday, especially to everyone involved in setting up HMS Gannet – and for arranging the good weather ! It was a great day for us in all sorts of ways, and this very special setting in such beautiful weather was just the icing on the cake! But we have to make a special mention of Lisa, Alison and everyone else involved on the day. We cannot thank them enough for their calm presence, for catering for our every need, for making everything run so smoothly and for making our guests feel so relaxed and happy throughout the day. One of our guests said they would rate your guys as 10 stars out of 5!


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