The Historic Dockyard Chatham


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The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers not only two unique wedding venues but the stunning backdrop of the world’s most complete Dockyard.

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! If you’re 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. Choose from the Commander’s Cabin, the Quarterdeck or the main deck for you and your guests.

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… 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 from 15 – 250 guests
Packages available from £1,600

The Historic Dockyard Chatham at a Glance

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Price Range
£900 - £4500
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Exclusive Use
Marquee Weddings
Stately Home
Unique Venue
Same-Sex Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 120
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Reception Capacity
Up to 225
Unique & Historic Buildings Flexibility Your own dedicated Wedding Planner Exclusive Use Stunning Garden Options for Inside & Outside Ceremonies Pricing Category : AffordableReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 225Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 120Bridal Suite : Changing OnlyHistoricCountry House Manor House View More
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Natasha and Christopher
Unique venue
Chloe was so welcoming and the venue was completely different to any other we looked at.
Just what we wanted.
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Good morning,Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to host your special day and I wish you all the best with your future. Chloe WilsonVisitor Enterprise Sales Manager
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Louise & Rob
A brilliant experience from start to finish!
It really was the best day of our lives. Everything from our initial meeting with Chloe right up until we went back the day after to collect our things was fantastic. The care, the attention to detail, the support and the welcoming and friendly attitude to all of our family and guests was first class. A special mention must go to Lisa who couldn’t do enough for me or for my family, she’s wonderful and a credit to the venue. Thank you for making our day so special.
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Catherine & Steven
Our experience was amazing!
Our experience with the Dockyard, when you consider how difficult this year has been was amazing from beginning to end. When we first visited the Dockyard in November 2018 as a potential venue, we were very impressed. Chloe was just so nice and helpful and I think the thought of getting married on a ship won my husband over. When news of the pandemic hit, we had just posted our day invitations and quickly realised we were probably going to have to send out follow up cancellations. Although Chloe had the awful task of informing us that the Dockyard was closing and so our May wedding couldn’t go ahead, she just continued to be helpful in making alternative suggestions and generally being very accommodating. We actually cancelled altogether, intending to have a very small ceremony at the registry office when weddings were allowed again. This didn’t last long, as when weddings were given the green light to go ahead we knew we were in love with the Dockyard so arranged with Olivia to hold it on the 2nd anniversary of our engagement. The build up to that day was pretty tense, as the Government postponed receptions going ahead so we didn’t actually know until about 5 days before the wedding whether we could have any sort of reception. Once again, Olivia was just fantastic and was happy to organise whatever we wanted with whatever notice we could give. Same as the caterers who were prepared to cancel or deliver with 24 hours notice!!!

The day was the best day ever. Apart from the fact I married the love of my life (and him his), the highlight was seeing our families together for what was going to be the last time in a number of months and getting married on the ship. Our guest list went down from about 80 to well under 30 but it just didn’t matter. From the moment I arrived in the morning, Olivia and her team were on hand, making sure everyone had a great (and safe) time. We were really worried that the several previous days of rain would continue, but the sun came out before the ceremony and stayed out for the duration. We’ll be forever grateful to everyone at the Dockyard for making our wedding day happen, and for making it so special too.

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Sam & Phil
The most perfect day!
Thank you so much it was the most amazing day. Absolutely perfect! The team and especially Lisa were absolutely fantastic please pass on our thanks to her, she was amazing.

We really can’t thank you and the dockyard enough, it really was just the most perfect day.
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Joanne & David
Such an amazing day!
Thank you so much for making our wedding day such an amazing day. Throughout the whole 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 even more amazing than we could have ever hoped for. All your supplier suggestions were so helpful and thank you so much for introducing us to Nicky (Photographer) and Sue (Florist). We hope to see you soon and will always think of you and Commissioner's House for any future events!
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Vikki & Lawrence
The most amazing day of our lives!
Thank you so so much for all of your hard work and effort 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. All of your future couples are very lucky indeed!
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Bonnie & Jon
Dreams Come True
Thank you for being so amazing with all of our planning over the last 18 months. You've made our dreams come true and we cannot thank you enough!
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Claire & Jim
We had an amazing day!
Thank you so much for all of your help with the planning and running of our special day. Massive thanks to Lisa for making everything run so smoothly - she was a star! We had an amazing day and are so glad that we choose The Dockyard as our wedding venue!
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Wendy & John
Thank You!
To Chloe and all the staff at Commissioner's House, Thank you for all the work and effort in helping us on our special day. A special mention to Lisa who could not do enough for us during the day and evening. Everyone had a lovely time at your wonderful venue! Lots of love, Wendy and John
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Jenny & Robert
The staff were brilliant!
Hi Chloe I just wanted to let you and your staff know how pleased we were with the way the wedding and celebrations went off on Saturday 12th. Everyone really enjoyed it despite the rain- in fact most people only noticed it was raining once they were on their way out! The staff were brilliant, especially Lisa who was always there , ready to go the extra mile to help, both during the day and while we were preparing things and clearing up afterwards. Thank you all once again, Janet and Dave Sampson
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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

  • The Historic Dockyard
  • Chatham
  • Kent
  • ME4 4TZ
  • United Kingdom

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Chloe Wilson

Congratulations on your engagement! My name is Chloe and I am the Wedding Coordinator for The Historic Dockyard, dedicated to making your wedding day perfect, and taking away any stress you may have! My job is to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly, from your initial viewing, to making your booking, to the day itself. I am here for both Bride and Groom to answer questions and be a constant support at all times. I look forward to hopefully meeting you soon to show you around our unique venue!