Private hire

Our historic castles, towers and museums offer a range of unique and historic venues for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions.

The stunning Southsea Castle, Henry VIII’s fortress that’s set against the glorious backdrop of the Solent, is one of Portsmouth’s finest wedding venues. Your wedding breakfast and evening reception can all be accommodated with ease inside the suberb all-year marquee, so your guests can relax from the moment they arrive.

Since 2013 the magnificent Portsmouth Museum has been licensed for weddings. The ceremony space, the Esther Room, has a magnificent 17th century carved fireplace and is decorated with museum pieces themed around romance. This room can hold up to 60 people, and the gardens provide an ideal setting for post-event drinks and nibbles.

The museum also has a number of rooms to suit all business meetings, interviews and launches. It’s trusted year-round to provide local community groups and organisations to host their events.

More information on the private hire at our museums can be found at:

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

Southsea Castle

The D-Day Story

Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum

Portsmouth Natural History Museum

Eastney Engine Houses

In addition to the above, The Square Tower, another building with impeccable Tudor credentials, is licenced for wedding ceremonies. Steve Hender, who runs this venue, works closely with staff at Portsmouth Register Office to ensure your wedding runs like a dream. For more information, please visit the Tower’s website, contact Steve by email, or phone 07519 505785.

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