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HMS Warrior

South East, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3QX

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A warship wedding? Yes! Discover one of the most sought after locations on the South Coast – the historic and elegant HMS Warrior 1860. This unusual and enchanting ship provides the perfect setting for a truly one of a kind celebration.

 

Steeped in history, this warship wedding venue blends its original charm, character and Victorian architecture with all the trappings and superb service of 21st-century hospitality. You and your guests can promenade the decks, making the most of the spectacular views across Portsmouth’s famous harbour.

HMS Warrior has flexible and spacious surroundings to cater for weddings of all sizes. The superb maritime venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, allowing you to spend your whole day in the unique setting. The Captain’s Cabin can accommodate up to 25 guests for an intimate ceremony, while the Officer’s Half Deck can hold up to 100. The Main Gun Deck can also be used for formal receptions with between 20 and 288 guests, or informal buffet-style for many more. 

 

 

 

 

More about this fascinating warship wedding venue:

Warrior was built in response to an aggressive French shipbuilding programme. First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir John Somerset Pakington, determined to build a ship so superior in terms of quality, speed, size, armament and armour that it would be inconceivable to France that she could take Britain on in a sea battle. In 1861, Warrior was the largest warship in the world.

Having introduced a revolution in naval architecture, by 1864 Warrior was superseded by faster designs, with bigger guns and thicker armour. By 1871 she was no longer regarded as the crack ship she had once been. Put up for sale as scrap in 1924, no buyer could be found, and so, in March 1929 she left Portsmouth to be taken to Pembroke Dock and converted into a floating oil pontoon, re-named again as Oil Fuel Hulk C77. By 1978, she was the only surviving example of the ‘Black Battlefleet’. In 1983 ownership was transferred to the Ship’s Preservation Trust, which became the Warrior Preservation Trust in 1985.

 

 

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