Chantry Heritage Centre

Milton Chantry is the oldest building in the Borough of Gravesham, it was founded in 1322 by Aymer de Valence the Earl of Pembroke and is situated within the Fort Gardens.

A bit of history

During the Middle Ages, many wealthy people built Chantry Chapels and gave them land to generate an income inorder to maintain a priest to pray for the owner and his family.

Milton Chantry was occupied by a number of priests appointed by the Bishop of Rochester untill around 1524. Like many other chapels, Milton Chantry was dissolved into Crown hands as part of Henry VIII's reformation. The building then became a family home and farm and by the end of the 17th Century it had become an inn. Later the building became barracks for the New Tavern Fort housing many soldiers and their families. Today the building is promoted as the Chantry Heritage Centre and houses a range of exhibits relating to Gravesend, Northfleet and the nearby villages.

We have an audio tour and it's free!

You can listen to a short part of our tour and then if you like the sound of it why not visit us and take the full tour? The tour is free and can be collected from the visitor reception desk. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the tour guides you through life and times of Milton Chantry, from it's beginning as a Chantry to it's life as Military Barracks.

Opening times

Weekends only (including bank holiday Mondays)
From 4 April - 27 September 2015
Midday to 5.00pm

How to find us

Chantry Heritage Centre
Fort Gardens
Commercial Place
DA12 2BT


The closest car park is Milton Place (Pay and Display) with access from Ordnance Road.

Please follow this link for detailed car parking information.

Group bookings

Private group bookings can be arranged outside of our normal opening hours (Min 10 - Max 15 people) through Towncentric Visitor Information Centre. To arrange a private group booking please call 'TOWNCENTRIC' on 01474 33 76 00. (An email enquiry form will be available shortly)

Prices (including audio tour if required)Adults £4.50
Child (under15yrs) £3.50

Access RestrictionsDue to the age of the building it is not accessible for wheelchair users and contains low beams and uneven flooring. There are no public toilet facilities. The nearerst toilets are located on Gordon Promenade.

Milton Chantry is owned by Gravesham Borough Council and operated by Thames Defence Heritage.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter: @graveshamarts

Last Updated: 16 June 2015