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We offer tours of our incredible distillery – one of the few places in England that you can experience the entire distillation process from grain to glass. At our distillery you can learn how we distil our hand crafted spirits and discover the secrets behind our botanicals . Come on your own, organise a party or entertain some clients.

Our Copper Rivet Distillery Tours received an average of 5 out of 5 based on 76 reviews on Trip Advisor.



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Distillery Tour and Tasting Session

Visit the Copper Rivet Distillery at Pumphouse No. 5, our beautiful, red brick, Victorian home looking across the River Medway to the historic Upnor. Your tour through the Copper Rivet Distillery is one of the few places in England that you can experience the entire distillation process from grain to glass and will end with a tasting of our crafted spirits. After your tour why not enjoy a perfect serve of our signature Dockyard Gin and Tonic in our visitor center or, on a sunny day, on Distiller’s Lawn overlooking the river.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and allows plenty of tasting time!

  • When:

    Wednesday: 2pm, 4pm

    Thursday/Friday: 5:30pm, 7pm

    Saturday: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm

    Sunday: 1pm and 2.30pm

  • Cost:£14 inc VAT Wednesday 2pm, 4pm and Thursday 5:30pm, 7pm sessions offer a 10% concession for over 65s and a 20% concession for the emergency services and armed forces.
  • Where: Copper Rivet Distillery


Do you consider yourself a Gin, Vodka or Whisky connoisseur?  Would you like a behind the scenes look at how handcrafted spirits are made or are you organising a corporate event or party? Whatever your reason, our gin distillery tour and spirits tasting experience is a great afternoon out. 

You’ll learn about our rich heritage and distillation techniques in the beautiful setting of Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. You can find out more about us here.

What Spirits will I sample?

At the Copper Rivet Distillery we produce some the most finely crafted spirits in the country. We’re proud to share Vela Vodka, Dockyard Gin and new make whisky. As part of our distillery tour, we welcome visitors to our finest quality, expertly distilled gins, vodka, new make whisky, crafted at the heart of Kent, Chatham Dockyard. The team at the Copper Rivet Distillery provides the ultimate gin tasting event to accompany your informative guided gin distillery tour.

Let us entertain you and a group of friends/colleagues with a wonderful afternoon or evening of sampling the best-crafted spirits in England. If you love Gin & Tonic, come and taste Dockyard Gin our modern twist on traditional naval gin - we’re sure it will leave you wanting more. In which case, why not stay for a drink in our cosy bar or buy a bottle of Dockyard Gin to take home with you from our Visitor Centre.

If Vodka is for you, Vela Vodka will not disappoint. Crafted in small batches, you’ll experience the taste of the hand selected early harvest Kentish wheat, barley and rye, which is carefully distilled before being charcoal filtered to produce a pure spirit with hints of spicy sweetness with a smooth mouthfeel.                   

You’ll also see how we distill Son of a Gun, the unique clear English grain spirit. This soft, medium bodied clear spirit is made for whisky lovers in our locally wrought whisky still and has fresh floral and tropical fruits notes and a delicious vanilla honey oats aftertaste.

What have others said?

You can find a review of tours on Tripadvisor, with many rating us as ‘Excellent.’

Star Rating 5/5 “Excellent”

“Tour and Tasting”

Booked on the very reasonably priced tour and was pleased to find a little bar inside the distillery for drinks (pre-tour and otherwise). The tour itself was a good mix of history of the pumphouse building, distilling in general and the Copper Rivet way of approaching things. After several tasters it was back to the bar for a well prepared gin and tonic. Looking forward to the next batches of vodka and grain spirit to be released, the restaurant to open and landscaping of the outside of such a lovely building. Fun tour with so much potential to become a great local fixture!

“Beautiful Building and the best Gin”

“An absolute delight from start to finish. Something different to do before a night out if you enjoy quality vodka and gin in gorgeous surroundings. Friendly engaging staff conducted the tour and served lovingly prepare drinks. This place will go places and it thoroughly deserves to do so. The best spirits I have ever tasted and can't wait to go back in the warmer weather.”

“Recent Visit”

Had the tour on Thursday night 23 March and not only was I impressed with the people doing the tour but the overall appearance, quality of the equipment and the drink itself. This distillery is an absolute gem, and is well worth a visit. Coming from Scotland where a new distillery in our area is just in he throws of it's first production I had considerable interest and my questions to both Mike and Aron were answered with great enthusiasm.

“Distillery Tour”

Visited the Copper Rivet for a tour of the distillery. Greeted warmly by the staff in their lovely bar area and then taken round the small but beautiful distillery area by a really friendly and knowledgeable guide - explaining the process and ingredients. This was topped off with a tasting of their Vela Vodka and Dockyard Gin and a delicious gin and tonic back in the bar. Definitely my preferred brand of gin now…

See more Tripadvisor reviews here.

How to Find Us

Based in the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, the Copper Rivet Distillery is just 40 minutes from London by train from St. Pancras or Victoria and is easily accessible from major motorways after just a 45-minute drive, if you’re coming from London. You can find our exact location on our contact page here. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our gin distillery tours.