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A special place for your special day

... planning starts here

For couples who are looking to tie the knot in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham makes a unique wedding venue….

We offer a choice of 4 exclusive ceremony venues and a spectacular reception setting.

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

Not many people can boast they were married on a ship! For couples looking for a venue with a difference, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham you can say your vows aboard the magnificent and romantic Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet. You can choose from the Commander’s Cabin, the Quarterdeck or the main deck for you and your guests.

Your day at a glance:

  • Unique historic maritime estate
  • Exclusive venue use for every wedding
  • Personalised service
  • Incredible backdrops for your wedding photos
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Wedding Suite (for the bridal party to get ready on the day)
  • Accommodate up to 250 guests
  • Packages available from £1,600


The perfect spot to tie the knot…

Your ceremony

We have four stunning venues, for you to say ‘I do’! A selection of both indoor and outdoor spaces, means there is something to suit every couple. There are a huge range of local churches in the area, for those wishing to have a church ceremony. 

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

The Sunne Room

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

The Ballroom

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

HMS Gannet

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. 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 entering your walk down the aisle.

Once you're wed, it's time to be fed

Your Reception

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

With two fantastic caterers to choose from, you have plenty of options to consider – from a traditional three course wedding breakfast to grazing tables and nibbles, they can do it all! Why not try a BBQ or Hog Roast? Perfect on the patio.

Guests take a glance, it's your first dance

Your evening

“The UK is home to some seriously unique wedding venues”– Guides for Brides

And so, the party begins, it’s time for evening guests to arrive and party with you until Midnight! From bands to DJ’s, your evening entertainment can be anything you like.

What our couples say…

We will be on hand every step of the way, from the moment you enquire until you leave at the end of your wedding night. Your wedding co-coordinator will work with you during the planning process, to make sure it is stress-free and fun. On the day of the wedding, you will be in the safe hands of our Event Manager, who will be on hand to assist with anything you may need, including calming nerves!

Mr & Mrs Andrews - April 2019 

Thank you so much for all your hard work towards our wedding. We had the most brilliant day and it all ran so smoothly thanks to all your help! From the planning to the day itself, nothing was too much trouble, right through to the most perfect day of our lives! We truly cannot thank you enough. The venue is truly stunning and gave us the one-of-a-kind day we were looking for! Your future couples are very lucky indeed!

Mr & Mrs Wynne 2019 

Thank you so much for making Friday such an amazing day. Throughout the process you have been kind, patient, supportive and above all, so professional. Nothing was too much trouble. We wanted a unique day that allowed us to celebrate and bring together a wide range of friends and family. You listened carefully to our needs, make suggestions and helped us to have a day ever more amazing than we could ever had imagined.

Wendy & John September 2019

Our experience of booking our wedding reception at The Dockyard was positive and straightforward from start to finish. 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 better support, just the right balance of being there for us but not intrusive. All our guests had a great time and having the garden so close, gave the children a safe place to play. Being able to use both Commissioner’s House and areas around the Dockyard allowed for some wonderful photos!

Let's get planning!

We'd love to hear from you...

Call us

01634 823846

Please give us a call to discuss any queries you may have or to book a viewing. We are here in the office between 9am-5pm Monday – Friday. If you do miss us, please leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back.


Get in touch, with all of your ideas! Don’t forget to include the special dates that you are hoping for as well as party size and venue. We can then respond with all the details.


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020