The Historic Dockyard Chatham

£900 - £4500 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers not only two unique wedding venues but the stunning backdrop of the world’s most complete Dockyard.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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Opt for our Venue Hire Only option, where you just pay the venue hire to us, and book your catering with one of our recommended caterers! This is the perfect option for you if you would prefer something different, such as a BBQ, Hog Roast or Afternoon Tea!

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Number of Guests Included
 Exclusive Venue Hire of The Commissioner’s House for Ceremony and Reception  Option to hold the civil ceremony outside on the Patio or on board the stunning Victorian Sloop HMS Gannet! (April-October)  Experienced Wedding Co-Ordinator, on hand to guide you through the process  Guidance for booking the ceremony itself with Medway Registrars  Use of our Bridal Suite for the Bridal party from 9am on Wedding Day  Use of private room prior to the ceremony to speak with registrars  Table name/number holders  Easel for displaying your table plan  One reception drink after the ceremony per person (Prosecco)  A delectable 2 or 3 Course Wedding Breakfast, carefully prepared by our expert caterers  Limewash Chivari Chairs for your Wedding Ceremony  Ivory covered chairs for your Wedding Breakfast Additional guests can be added on from just £48.50pp!
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
Full Description
The Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building in use today is complete with stunning Georgian architecture and its very own gorgeous landscaped garden. The house has spaces for both ceremony and reception. Or perhaps opt for getting married on-board HMS Gannet; a magnificent 3-masted Victorian Sloop. The Commissioner’s House offers gorgeous spaces exclusively for your ceremony and reception. Included in the package price is the Commissioner’s House garden, the perfect setting for after ceremony drinks and photographs. A Victorian Sloop in the centre of the world’s most complete Dockyard of the Age of Sail. This venue makes a unique setting for your ceremony. Combine this with either drinks on board or your party can make their way to The Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your day. All weddings are bespoke, from an intimate wedding in one of the private dining rooms, to a wedding breakfast for 120 people in the garden marquee. The special touches we provide with each wedding means no two are the same. Immaculate detail and pure care come across as you and your partner venture into the future.


No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Keith & Sarah Hollingsbee
Married in August 2017
June 2016
A Fantastic Day!
Firstly we had a fantastic day we could not have asked for it to be any better. The bridal room and facilities where exceptional , the ceremony on HMS Gannet was faultless , and the evening reception was superb , everything went to plan . Most important was Sammie she was superb , from the time we got there until late in the evening nothing was too much trouble for her , she asked us every hour if everything was Ok and did we need anything , she was so supportive to Sarah the whole day , she was so well organised.
Location & Contact Details


The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M20 Junction 6

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Nearest Airport


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What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don't stress! We are here to take the pressure away from you, so sit back, relax and let us do the hard work for you!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Stunning, Historic, Unique, Bespoke, Interested

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Infront of HMS Gannet or the Commissioner's House Gardens

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our Stunning 3 Masted Victorian Sloop, HMS Gannet & the oldest intact naval building, The Commissioner's House!