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Live & Work in the dockyard

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is more than a museum and visitor attraction, it is also one amazing place to live and work.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham from River Medway

LIVE & Work at the Historic Dockyard

a place like no other

The Historic Dockyard is proud to be the home to a thriving ‘mixed-use’ commercial, residential and educational community set within our 80 acre estate.

Chatham has been home to industry, manufacturing, design and innovation for some 400 years. Today, those trades continue to flourish and traditional skills such as ship building and carpentry sit alongside 21st Century innovations in digital communications.

The historic estate is home to over 120 businesses, employing over 1,000 people, ranging from high-tech design companies, management companies, solicitors and accountants to ship builders, sign writers and traditional craft businesses. All these businesses are housed in buildings ranging from properties that have been refurbished to a very high specification, to more traditional premises retaining their original character.

There are also 115 homes within The Historic Dockyard’s walls – in privately owned properties that range from Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Grade II Listed to modern apartments and townhouses.

Living, Working & Studying in a historic estate

Our Community

Our historical estate is one of the most inspiring places to live, work and study in Kent. Take a stroll past a naval destroyer and submarine to pick up your Fish & Chips from the Mess Deck Restaurant, or perhaps grab an ice cream from the Wagon Stop Café and read a good book in the Commissioner’s House gardens.

We can offer the full package for business needs, providing onsite meeting room hire, corporate and hospitality events, meeting and event catering, onsite car parking and 24 hour security.

What’s included?

One of a kind business destination

24 hour security

Here at the Historic Dockyard Chatham we take security very seriously and have a 24 hour security presence.

Restaurants & Catering

We have two onsite restaurants, the Mess Deck and Wagon Stop, as well as offering a wide variety of catering offers for your business needs, from formal 3 course sit down meals, to coffee and croissants for those early morning briefings.

Evening reception onboard HMS Gannet at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent

Room hire

We have a variety of versatile rooms you can hire, including the Commissioner’s House ballroom for corporate dinners, the Fitted Rigging House meetings rooms for board meetings, or the Royal Dockyard Church for conferences. You can even host your event and drinks reception onboard HMS GANNET.

Onsite Landlord

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is situated onsite in the heart of the estate, our friendly Estates team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Getting here


The Historic Dockyard,
Kent ME4 4TZ

Nearest train stations



Nearest Bus Stops

Chatham Dockyard Main Gate

St George’s Centre

Car pArking

There is ample car parking available at the Historic Dockyard, located in the Slip 5 and Mast Pond car parks.



Originally constructed for naval purposes, buildings have been restored, adapted, refurbished and given a new lease of life – brought back into use as offices, studios, workshops and for light industrial uses.

Business accommodation within the Dockyard is varied and ranges from a single office of approximately 100sq.ft, larger offices and office suites, storage units and workshops/light industrial space from a small studio area up to 25,000sq.ft plus.

It is a testament to the attraction of The Historic Dockyard that a number of companies and individuals have remained and grown with us for several years, with some being resident on site for over 20 years.

Community directory

Find a business on our estate

Many trades flourish with our ‘mixed use community’ where traditional skills such as ship building and carpentry sit alongside 21st Century innovations in digital communications.

Search our directory to see the range of businesses on our historic estate:


Get in touch

If you’re interested in relocating to the Historic Dockyard please get in touch with our Estates Manager.