HMS Warrior Venue Hire

Venue Hire on HMS Warrior

Moored at the entrance to Portsmouth’s historic harbour, the Victorian splendour of HMS Warrior 1860 serves as a unique and memorable venue for all manner of private celebration. From the grand surroundings of the Captain’s cabin to the truly unforgettable setting of the gun-deck, HMS Warrior 1860 has spaces to suit a range of occasions and styles.

Weddings on Board HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior is a truly unique wedding venue, offering a blend of romance, style and individuality that will make your day as memorable as it is special. The beauty of design and high quality workmanship that made the HMS Warrior the pride of the British fleet make it an unequalled venue for your wedding and reception.

The ceremony itself will be held, according to your wish, either in the grandeur of the Captain's cabin or upon the Officers' Half Deck. For ceremonies only, the times are quite flexible, however, if you would like to also have an evening reception onboard Warrior, you would not be able to conduct your ceremony until after 1600 providing stunning day light views for you and your guests across Portsmouth harbour.

HMS Warrior is the most unusual and enchanting wedding venue Hampshire has to offer, resonant with an illustrious history of Royal visits and military service. The unparalleled experience that is offered by this sought after Portsmouth wedding venue will exceed your expectations in every way. There are also a range of services available designed to help you to make your wedding everything that you want it to be


Our caterers provide a professional service with skilled chefs and experienced staff that understand every wedding is different. They work collaboratively with yourselves to create a unique experience that gives you peace of mind. Our wedding package menus have been created with the venue in mind and can be adapted for all dietary needs whilst using fresh and locally sourced ingredients where possible.

Alternatively, if not choosing a wedding package, we have two recommended caterers that we will ask you to choose from and contact directly. For seated three course dinners we use Vanilla Catering and Events and for buffets we use Wright Choice Catering. Both have worked on HMS Warrior many times before and are confident in providing high quality, tasting food tailored to your needs.


On board Warrior, both the Captain's cabin and the Officers' Half Deck have been selected as suitable for a Wedding licence. The Captain's Cabin is an ideal venue for the smaller wedding seating up to 20 and the Officers' Half Deck, adjacent to the Captain's Cabin can accommodate up to 95 guests.

Wedding ceremony times are quite flexible, unless followed by an evening reception on board. In this instance, you would not be able to conduct your ceremony until after 1600. The licensed area being used will be closed to the public 30 minutes before the ceremony to allow your guests time to take their seats. The ceremony takes approximately 15/20 minutes and once you have signed the register, you will have sufficient time to enable you to enjoy the surroundings and capture the moment with photographs, and drinks if required.

Registrars from Portsmouth Register Office will perform the ceremony for you, please contact them for further information regarding the service and costs to attend. Tel 023 92829041.

Musicians such as a quartet or harpist can augment the occasion and we shall be happy to recommend a selection of choices for you. Alternatively we can supply a CD player for you that will be set up before the ceremony. Any music, readings or words must be of a nonreligious nature and checked by the Registrars prior to the ceremony.

It should be appreciated that HMS Warrior 1860 lies within Portsmouth's Naval Base and therefore comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence Security Guard. Therefore we must adhere to strict regulations set up in accordance with the Naval Base.

Arrangements can be made for two wedding cars to enter the Naval Base via Trafalgar Gate and arrive on the Warrior’s jetty for photographs and the wedding entrance before being moved elsewhere. Only one wedding car will be allowed to stay on Warrior’s jetty (Naval Base side) for the duration. All other cars must park outside the base and guests will enter on foot via Victory Gate. We request that a full alphabetical list of guests is forwarded to the Events Team along with wedding car registration numbers and passenger information no later than two weeks before the event so that we can perform the necessary administration to gain access. All guests, including those arriving in the wedding vehicles must bring a form of photographic identification.

In view of the historic nature and construction of HMS Warrior, smoking is not allowed on board in any area. Smoking is permitted only on the concrete jetty adjacent to the ship. Ladies are to be made aware that stiletto or very narrow healed shoes are not permitted onboard due to the damage caused to the decks and for personal safety. There must be no confetti, rice or helium balloons on board or the jetty alongside the ship.

If you would like to proceed further you should:
1. Contact the Events Team by emailing or calling 02392 839766, to check that the ship is available for you at the time and date of your choice. Then make a provisional reservation and arrange an appointment to visit the ship.
2. Contact Portsmouth Register Office on 023 92829041, and make a booking with the Marriage Office. The registrar will then advise you of the legalities and costs involved.
3. When the booking is confirmed with the Registrars, please return your signed contract along with your deposit payment for confirmation with the ship.

There is a chairlift to enable elderly or disabled guests to access the Main Gun Deck level (please note this chairlift has a 15 stone weight limit). There is also an easy access toilet on this level. The ship has a wheelchair and walking frame for guests to use whilst on board.



HMS Warrior's Christmas illuminations have become an iconic festive symbol, welcoming visitors to the Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth each December. With our excellent reputation for hosting events HMS Warrior is the perfect venue for a Christmas party guests will remember.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas menu, served by our caterers on board our fantastic harbour venue. Should you wish to arrange entertainment, live music or a DJ that keeps everyone dancing until midnight we can help.

Stunningly unique and bathed in over 150 years of history, what more traditional surroundings to eat, drink and be merry than the hospitality and atmosphere of a magnificent Victorian ship?

We cordially invite guests to explore the ship at leisure before being seated for dinner.
If you would like to hire HMS Warrior for your Christmas Party, please contact the events team on 02392 839766.or email



Thank you for your interest in holding an event on board HMS Warrior 1860. The ship provides a superb maritime setting for those who seek a unique historical venue for corporate entertainment.

Warrior is one of the most sought after locations on the South coast. Able to accommodate a wide range of events, from sit down dinners for 280 to standing drinks reception for 400, Warrior is a uniquely versatile venue for your special event.

Your guests will have the opportunity to explore the ship before enjoying their pre-dinner drinks. On fine summer evenings, pre-dinner drinks may be taken on the upper deck with views across Portsmouth harbour, before moving below to dine and absorb the special atmosphere of this Victorian ship.

If you would like to hire HMS Warrior for your Corporate Event, please contact the Events Team on 023 9289 1370 (2) or email


Whatever the occasion, from landmark birthday, wedding anniversary or just bringing family and friends together, HMS Warrior is a spectacular choice for those looking for a venue with a difference.

We offer you hospitality of the highest standards, turning any dining event into a truly memorable occasion.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the ship before enjoying their pre-dinner drinks. On fine summer evenings, pre-dinner drinks may be taken on the upper deck with views across Portsmouth harbour, before moving below to dine and absorb the special atmosphere of this Victorian ship.

If you would like to make an appointment to view the excellent facilities on board, or would like to find out more about venue hire please contact the Events Team on 023 9289 1370 (2) or email


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