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A unique historic film location

... with genuine Victorian and Georgian buildings, cobbled streets, warehouses, docksides and historic warships

The Historic Dockyard Chatham spans 80 acres, has over 100 historic buildings and structures dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods to the present day, thus making it suitable for any period location over the past 200 years.

It provides the ideal location for your next shoot, be it a feature film, TV series, game show, pop promo or photo shoot. From a crew of two on a fashion shoot for a few hours to a crew of two hundred on a blockbuster film for several weeks, Kent’s Historic Dockyard Chatham not only provides the ideal film friendly location but also the space to accommodate your requirements.

It was a dream venue and your team are so easy to work with and very helpful. We really do appreciate you having us and making the shoot a success, will highly recommend to other productions if looking for a filming venue in the area.

RDF Television, February 2021

It couldn’t have worked out better from our side, great location, amazing crowd base in the Fitted Rigging House, best unit base in the land in Slip 5, and really helpful wonderful staff with Julie and yourself.

Ian Lumsden, October 2020
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KEY BENEFITS & Facilities

Our commitment to filming goes beyond just providing a location. We work with you to solve issues and to make sure you achieve what you want to shoot.  We understand that it’s often the small things that matter – like a separate power supply to plug the camera truck into or a fresh water tap for the caterers.

We also work closely with Medway Council, Kent Film Office and local companies to assist you in finding additional locations in the area to suit your needs.


We have plenty of onsite parking – not just for Unit Base but also cast and crew and SA parking requirements – there is no need to source separate Base and parking facilities once you have chosen your location.

Green Room space

Our two green rooms modern spaces, equipped with Wi-Fi, running water, a fridge and electrics. They can come with or without tables and chairs, and work well as crowd holding for younger cast members.

Hair/Make-Up/Costume space

With over 700m2 of space to use, our costume area (split across two floors), is ideal for crews needing a holding area. The space is equipped with electric points, some tables and chairs, making it perfect to use for hair, make-up, costume or general crowd holding.

Steam Railway

Our Steam Railway has a number of working Steam Tank engines and diesel locomotives that can be hired together with a crew who are used to working with film companies.

On site security

We have excellent security managed in-house 24/7 with CCTV – and we are more than happy to work with your chosen security company to control access.

Prime location

We are just 50 mins by road from central London, as well as being served by high speed trains from St. Pancras. Nearby accommodation is also available – business hotel on site and several other hotels within a short drive.

Private estate

Private and discreet site with good control of access within a walled and gated environment. With no road closure problems – being a privately run estate there are no further permissions needed.


Our team will be on hand throughout – from your initial booking through to final cut.

We work in conjunction with a local group who can supply all your SA requirements and have extensive experience in both period and modern day productions.

Local accommodation

We have great relationships with local accommodation providers, such as Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa.


A “film friendly” location as designated by the Kent Film Office with a wide variety of locations, from residential to commercial to industrial – all on one site.

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Our subsidiary company, Master Ropemakers Limited, can supply all your needs in respect of rope, both for rigging and dressing and through our contacts we have access to various vehicles and reenactors.



Nowhere can you get a sense of how British maritime innovation, engineering and design broke the mould than on our three historic warships.

no.3 SLIP

The immense No. 3 Covered Slip at The Historic Dockyard Chatham was, when built, the largest wide span timber structure in Europe.

As seen in ...

You’ll recognise The Historic Dockyard Chatham in many blockbuster movies and hit series.

Most recently we have featured as a film location for Netflix popular new series Bridgerton.


Call the Midwife

Kanye West "All-Day"

Quacks (2017)

Mr Selfridge

Les Miserables (2013)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Enquiries about filming in The Historic Dockyard Chatham

For more information or to discuss using The Historic Dockyard Chatham as a location please contact us by email or call 01634 823800.