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HMS Caroline is a First World War ship and image shows her at her berth in Belfast

HMS Caroline

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HMS Caroline: Host your next event aboard Belfast's maritime gem

Discover a truly unique and historic venue for your next event with HMS Caroline, considered one of the luckiest warships in history. The last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland, HMS Caroline has been intricately restored and is now a floating museum dedicated to the ship’s incredible history of service in both the First and Second World War and later as a Royal Navy training ship.

Located in the heart of Belfast's vibrant Titanic Quarter, HMS Caroline offers an unforgettable setting that blends history, elegance, and nautical charm. With four fantastic venue spaces to choose from she is an incredible backdrop for both private and corporate events. 

Our dedicated events team is here to ensure every detail is taken care of, from initial concept to flawless execution. Your event will be in the hands of experienced professionals who understand how to create memorable moments, so let us host your next special occasion. 

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We recommend this venue for:

  • Conferences and meetings
  • Corporate dinners and receptions
  • Private dinners and receptions

Explore our unique spaces

Round table set up on HMS Caroline Drill Hall

Drill Hall

As you step onto HMS Caroline, you're met with a one-of-a-kind space that seamlessly blends history with modern elegance. The Drill Hall has a remarkable past, being added in after the First World War when the ship was being used as a training vessel, and today it is a carefully preserved historical gem.

With soaring ceilings and majestic metal girders, this space is large enough to be transformed for everything from conferences to private dinners. 

Capacity: 240 standing / 150 seated

Junior mess tables on HMS Caroline

Junior Rates Mess

The Junior Rates Mess boasts an authentic naval ambience, adorned with period furnishings and decor, that transport you to the era when the ship was in active service. 

A space designed for camaraderie, the Junior Rates Mess was originally a home from home for the sailors that served onboard HMS Caroline. As you step inside, that essence of community and companionship can still be felt, making this a delightful place to host a dinner party in the traditional 'mess style'.

Capacity: 60 standing / 60 seated

Private dinner table set up in Ward Room

Ward Room

The Ward Room is the epitome of elegance and prestige onboard HMS Caroline. 

This distinguished space offers a captivating setting for intimate occasions. It's distinguished atmosphere is reflected in the beautifully restored period features, setting the scene for an evening your guest will never forget. 

Capacity: 20 standing / 14 seated

Evening shot with fairy lights on main deck HMS caroline

Main Deck

Enjoy breathtaking views of Belfast's scenic waterfront from the Main Deck, the perfect setting for drinks or canape receptions.

During the day you and your guests can enjoy clear views of the Titanic Quarter and in the evening HMS Caroline's lights create a delightful atmosphere for guests to enjoy the night air.

Capacity: 60 standing 



     HMS Caroline





     Drill Hall

240 150

     Junior Rates Mess

60 60

     Ward Room

20 14

Main Deck

60 -



HMS Caroline is available to hire as a whole ship from £3,500 + VAT. Or you can book our individual spaces, see below for a breakdown of our hire prices.

Drill Hall Hire

Conference full day hire - From £800 +VAT

Conference half day hire - From £320 +VAT

Evening hire - From £1,000 +VAT

3hr drinks and canape reception - From £600 +VAT


Ward Room

Meeting full day hire - From £350 +VAT

Evening hire - From £550 +VAT

3hr drinks and canape reception - From £330 +VAT


Junior Rates Mess 

Meeting full day hire - From £600 +VAT

Meeting half day hire - From £300 +VAT

Evening hire - From £800 +VAT

3hr drinks and canape reception - From £480 +VAT


Main Deck

3hr drinks and canape reception - From £600 +VAT

HMS Caroline is located at Alexandra Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast in the heart of Titanic Quarter. We are only 2.8 miles away from Belfast City Hall - 10-15 minutes by car. 

We offer free parking on site, including disabled parking.

By public transport: Take the G2 Glider bus from Belfast City Hall to the first Catalyst Inc. stop. Walk through Catalyst car park to reach us at Alexandra Dock.  

By car: Take the car and park in our free car park. We are only five minutes up Queens Road from SSE Arena, or a two minute drive from the Titanic Hotel. 

On foot: HMS Caroline is just a 30 minute walk from the iconic Big Fish in Belfast City Centre. Walk the Maritime Mile and see the Belfast Marina and the Great Light on your way.  

We welcome all guests to our venue spaces and we have tried to make it as safe as possible. However, some of our spaces are historic buildings and ships, and we know that there can be challenges for some guests.

For those who believe they will be limited, please discuss any accessibility requirements with your Event Manager who will be able to advise and we can provide on-site additional support if needed.

Please note, high heels with a diameter smaller than a 2p coin (2.5cm) cannot be worn on board the ship. Heel caps that can be fitted should be purchased in advance

We are able to offer discounted group tickets to one or all of our attractions at Portsmouth and Gosport to be part of your hire. If you'd like to add this option to your booking, then please discuss this with your Event Manager who will be able to help build you a bespoke offer.

Thank you

By choosing to host your event with us, you are doing more than just booking a uniquely memorable venue. You are actively contributing to the conservation of Britain’s naval heritage.  

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is a charitable organisation, and all profit generated via venue hire is reinvested so that we can continue to preserve and improve our iconic ships, aircraft and submarines as well as our treasured collections and historic buildings for the general public to enjoy.

Exterior of HMS Caroline in the water

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Come aboard HMS Caroline and see for yourself why it's the perfect venue for your next event. 

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