Portsmouth has a wonderful selection of approved venues, from the register office to historic warships, hotels, theatres and museums. Once you've provisionally booked the venue of your choice, check with Portsmouth register office that a registrar will be able to attend on your chosen date, and discuss a time for the ceremony.

Find out more about Portsmouth's historic wedding venues

Contact the register office if you would like to view ceremony rooms at the register office or make a provisional booking.

Email registrars@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9282 9041. Write to or visit us at Milldam House, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3AF. Our opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

For emergencies outside normal office hours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, or for help arranging a marriage involving someone who is terminally ill, please contact 023 9282 2251.

Booking your civil ceremony - the register office venue

Portsmouth Register Office, Milldam House, offers two room options. Couples using either room can have photographs taken on the period staircase and in the award-winning garden.

Portsmouth Register Office - Mildam House ceremonies room (2 to 45 guests)  

The ceremonies room is on the first floor, and is accessible by our feature staircase or lift. This room is available at half hour intervals Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3.30pm (to 3pm on Saturdays). You can have music, extra vows or a personal reading (all optional). Any music, personal vows or readings should be non-religious.

Before the ceremony couples can be seen together or separately, and the room is suitable for the bridal party to make an entrance. Depending on the day and time of your ceremony there could be some outside noise from guests from later or earlier ceremony parties.

Portsmouth Register Office - statutory ceremony in Superintendent Registrar's office (2 to 4 guests)

Our statutory ceremony is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am. Please note that this is not a formal ceremony room. Music, personal vows or readings are not permitted. Due to the location of this ceremony room you may hear phones ringing and people talking at the reception area during your ceremony.

Becoming a wedding venue

For more information on becoming an approved wedding venue, contact Licensing by email at licensing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk phone 023 9283 4073 or write to Licensing Service, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL.

List of approved venues

Below is the full list of venues currently approved to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies in Portsmouth.

For a ceremony at an approved venue, you will need to check availability with both the venue and the registrars at Portsmouth Register Office. The registrars will advise you of their fees to attend the venue and officiate at your ceremony; the venue will advise you of their fees separately.

Please note that the room capacities listed must include the couple and all their guests, the two registrars that will attend your ceremony, any venue staff, photographers or musicians.

Portsmouth approved venuesPhoneRooms and capacities*

City Museum
Museum Road, PO1 2LJ

023 9283 4737

Esther Room 60, Activities Room 50

Groundlings Theatre
42 Kent Street, PO1 3BT

023 9273 7370

Cafe 70, Auditorium 200

HMS Warrior 1860
HM Naval Base, PO1 3QX

023 9283 9766

Captain’s Cabin 30, Half Deck 100

Holiday Inn
Victoria Avenue Southsea
Portsmouth, PO1 2TA

0333 320 9345

Victory Suite 40, Solent Suite 80, Normandy Suite 160

The Innlodge Hotel
Burrfields Road 
PO3 5HH

023 9265 0510

Salterns suite 60, Executive suite 170, Garden Room 200

Mary Rose Museum
Dock 3, Main Road, H.M Naval Base,
Portsmouth, PO1 3PY

023 9281 2931

Wardroom 20, Upper deck gallery 50, Admiral's Gallery 100

Portsmouth Football Club
Frogmore Road, Fratton, PO4 8RA

0345 646 1989

Alliance lounge 85, The Victory Lounge 325

Portsmouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB 

023 9387 0182

Portsmouth room 100, Lord Mayor's Banqueting Room 110

Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club

The Port House, Marina Keep, PO6 4TH

023 9238 5389

Regatta room 80, Cruiser room 120, Ocean suite 200

Portsmouth Marriott
Southampton Road 
Portsmouth, PO6 4SH 

023 9238 3151

Chichester Suite 50, Heritage Suite 120,

Mary Rose Suite 250

Queens Hotel
Clarence Parade 
Southsea, PO5 3LT

023 9282 2466

Princess Room 100, Elizabeth Room 150

Royal Beach Hotel
1 St Helens Parade 
PO4 0RN

023 9273 1281 

Endurance Suite 30, Fearless Suite 60, Intrepid Suite 60

Royal Maritime Club
Queen Street, PO13 3HS

023 9282 4231

Trafalgar ballroom balcony 80, Nelson Lounge 100,

Trafalgar ballroom 250

Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club
7 Pembroke Road, PO1 2NT 

023 9282 5924

Osborne room 80, Trafalgar room 100

Southsea Castle 
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3PA

023 9283 4737

The Keep 60, the Workshop 60, the Marquee 120

Spinnaker Tower
Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT 

023 9285 7520

View Deck two 70, Waterfront Cafe 70

Spitbank Fort
The Solent, Hampshire

023 9280 9767

Victory Room 60, Officers Mess 60, The Crow's Nest 60

Square Tower
Broad St, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JE

07519 505 785

Upper Hall 80, Lower hall 100

Village Hotel
Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth, PO6 3FR

023 9200 6199

Main Function Suite 182, Smaller Function Room 28


*Please note that the room capacities listed must include the couple and all their guests, the two registrars that will attend your ceremony, any venue staff, photographers or musicians.