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Medway is blessed with some truly breathtaking wedding venues, and here are some more to explore.

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Historic Dockyard Chatham

For couples who are looking to tie the knot in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham makes a unique wedding venue. The Dockyard offers a choice of four 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. You certainly won’t be disappointed with the choice of backdrops for those first official photographs.

They say the best things come in small packages and the Dockyard's intimate, ceremony–only (COVID compliant) packages are currently very popular with couples.

Accommodates: From 15 to 250 guests

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Fort Amherst 

Fort Amherst Napoleonic Fort offers a truly unique and atmospheric venue for your wedding.

With a panoramic vista taking in the timeless meanders of the River Medway, and surrounded by 17th Century fortifications steeped in history, your delighted guests will be amazed by this fascinating venue.

There’s the magic of a candle-lit tunnel, deep within the Fort complex, and the recently-restored Grand Magazine, a historical building like no other.

Fort Amherst is fully licensed for civil ceremonies – giving you the opportunity to design a wedding day to be treasured and that you and your guests will remember fondly for many years to come.

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Fort Amherst, Chatham

Cooling Castle Barn

Cooling Castle Barn

Cooling Castle Barn

Cooling Castle Barn is an exclusive wedding venue in the beautiful grounds of Cooling Castle.

Ceremonies can be held in the romantic Fathom Barn or in the garden Pavilion. Alternatively, if it’s a church ceremony you prefer the pretty St James’ Church is a short stroll from the barns.

The glorious high-beamed Tithe Barn is a wonderful canvas for you to paint your own picture for your reception.

The venue also boasts the Heritage Barn for guest drinks before the ceremony, plus on-site guest accommodation, including Moat House Barn’s dressing room and bridal suite.

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The Vines Rochester

Just a few moments’ walk from the historic castle and cathedral of Rochester is the Old Archdeaconry, which has been lovingly restored in The Vines boutique hotel.

The Vines is a beautiful venue that creates a great sense of occasion for those most special of days. Your wedding will be organised by the venue's experienced weddings team from sister venue Cooling Castle Barn – leaving you to relax and enjoy the planning of your day knowing you are in safe hands.

With 13 individually-crafted bedrooms including a bridal preparation room, this exclusive use venue will create long lasting memories.

Accommodates 70-120 

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The Vines Rochester

The Vines Rochester

The George Vaults

The George Vaults

Just a short walk away from the ancient castle and cathedral through the historic cobbled streets, the George Vaults is the ultimate 14th Century wedding venue in the heart of Rochester.

Licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, and also offers wedding breakfast and evening reception packages in its 14th Century Vault. 

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There are many other venues that can host your wedding ceremony:

Rochester Cathedral - However, couples require a special license to demonstrate a significant connection to the Cathedral. 

Medway Register Office - Located in the heart of historic Rochester, there are two ceremony rooms for you to choose from. 

Bridgewood Manor Hotel - With a stunning courtyard and landscaped lawns, Bridgewood Manor 4* hotel provides a picturesque backdrop for your big day.

St George Hotel, Chatham - A family-run hotel with many years’ experience of helping to make couples' dreams come true.

Holiday Inn Rochester - Has eight function rooms suitable for up to 200 guests

Lordswood Centre - The Queen suites & Martin Grove suite are based inside Lordswood Leisure Centre which is set in 14 acres of beautiful woodland surroundings, catering for between 150 and up to 500 guests. 

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