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HMS Warrior exterior and view of spinnaker tower

HMS Warrior

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HMS Warrior: Create timeless memories onboard the pride of the Victorian Navy

Steeped in history, HMS Warrior is a marvel of Victorian engineering and an icon of British naval power. Launched in 1860, the steam-powered HMS Warrior was once the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet, and today stands as the world's first iron-hulled warship. HMS Warrior now sits pride of place in Portsmouth Harbour, an iconic figure of the Solent waterfront.  

Incredible attention to detail has been applied to every aspect of HMS Warrior's restoration, from the Top Deck to the Officer's Wardroom, creating an unforgettable backdrop to any event. Whether you're looking to host an impressive dining experience or party the night away like the crew of old, HMS Warrior boasts a range of spaces available for you to choose from, making her the ideal venue for any occasion. 

Our dedicated events team is committed to making your occasion exceptional, with their expertise, attention to detail, and passion delivering outstanding experiences. 

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, with easy transport links, we cannot wait to welcome you aboard this living part of naval history.  

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We recommend this venue for:

  • Corporate dinners and receptions
  • Private dinners and receptions
  • Weddings

Explore our unique spaces

Top deck on HMS Warrior with views over Portsmouth Harbour

Upper Deck

This expansive location onboard HMS Warrior is the ideal venue for summer cocktail parties or a more formal drinks and canapes.

Sitting on the water HMS Warrior gives a view of Portsmouth Harbour, including the iconic Spinnakar Tower, totally unique from anywhere else along the shoreline.     

Capacity: 400 standing

HMS Warrior mess deck

Gun Deck

Travel below decks and experience dining like the crew would have done in the ship's heyday.  Our Gun Deck is perfect for the largest of gatherings such as parties, gala dinners, charity balls and more.

Guests are seated on traditional mess tables making it an dining experience like no other.

Capacity: 240 seated / 240 standing

Half deck round table set up

Officer's Half Deck

Our Officer's Half Deck space is a blank canvas ready to be transformed into an immerse dining experience like no other. 

One of the larger spaces available for hire, guests can enjoy a naval atmosphere in the heart of HMS Warrior. 

Capacity: 60 seated / 90 standing

Officer wardroom dining table set up

Officer's Wardroom

If you're looking for a unique space to host a dinner party with friends or colleagues, then why not dine in style in our elegant Officer's Wardroom.

Rich with an immersive atmosphere this space is the perfect backdrop for private dinners and parties.   

Capacity: 18 seated

Captain's cabin set up onboard HMS Warrior

Captain's Cabin

Host a sophisticated dinner party in the Captain's Cabin, gorgeously returned to how it would have been in HMS Warrior's Victorian heyday. 

With beautifully restored features, this is the perfect location for intimate occasions. 

Capacity: 12 seated

Digital Walkthrough of HMS Warrior

See how HMS Warrior could look for your next event with our interactive 360° walkthrough.



     HMS Warrior





     Captain's Cabin

- 12

     Officer's Wardroom

- 18

     Officer's Half Deck
90 60

     Gun Deck

240 240

     Upper Deck

400 -


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Captain's Cabin only - From £3,000

Officer's Wardroom only - From £3,000

Officer's Half Deck, Gun Deck and Upper Deck - From £4,500

Upper Deck (2 hour drinks reception only) - From £2,400

Add on private tour of HMS Warrior - POA

The hire fee includes exclusive use of the agreed spaces, a dedicated Event Manager, security, cleaning, tables and chairs, some venues have additional equipment such as lighting and sound that your Event Manager will outline in your proposal. 

Our historic venues are very delicate due to their age and structure, requiring continuous conservation, therefore we ask that you work with our approved event suppliers who are experts in their field and know our venues as well as we do.

The decks of our historic ships are sensitive to marking from sharp objects, therefore we ask that the heels of the shoes are larger than a 5p coin or that heel protectors are worn. These are available to purchase from us or you are welcome to bring your own.

You will find details of our recommended decor specialists and florists in our Preferred Supplier List. For low key small decorative items, please discuss this with your Event Manager who will be able to advise further. Please note that helium balloons, confetti, dry ice, sparklers and candles are not permitted on the ship. We do however welcome alternative battery powered candles.

By car: 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is just off junction 12 of the M27, follow the brown and white signs to ‘Historic Dockyard’ which will lead you to our official car park which is located only 400 yards from the entrance at Victory Gate. If this car park is full there are others within close proximity at Gunwharf Quays and Havant Street. 

If using a satnav device, please use the postcode PO1 3 LJ.  

Public transport: 

The nearest train station is Portsmouth Harbour, and then it is a 5 minute walk to Victory Gate 

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.

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.

Approved Suppliers 

Each of our venues works with a select range of trusted, high-quality suppliers who understand how to protect our heritage venues and historic vessels, leaving you to relax and enjoy your bespoke occasion.  

From caterers and cake makers, to musicians and décor specialists,  work directly with our suppliers to build a unique package for you and your event.Recommended Supplier List

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. 

HMS Warrior sit down dinner table layout

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