The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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£900 - £3650 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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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.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£900
Maximum Price
£3,650
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. Planning starts here … 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 evening guests and up to 80 day guests
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Museum
Attraction
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
250
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM

Venue

Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Ballroom
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

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence
Full Description
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. 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.

Experience

No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
Reviews
(12)
(12)
Sam & Phil
Married in October 2020
November 2020
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.
Catherine & Steven
Married in August 2020
November 2020
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.
Jenny & Robert
Wedding: October 2019
November 2020
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
Louise & Rob
Married in September 2019
November 2020
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.
Wendy & John
Married in September 2019
November 2020
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
Claire & Jim
Married in August 2019
November 2020
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!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Chatham, Kent, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Chatham

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M20 Junction 6

Nearest Train Station

Chatham

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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FAQ
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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, Interesting

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!