Contact details and room capacities for all approved venues

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.

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

Email 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 (The couple and 2 adult witnesses only)

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 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*
Beach Club, Clarence Esplanade Beach Club 160 Southsea PO5 3AE023 9229 5004Beach Club 160

Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BT023 9273 7370Auditorium 180, Venetian Room 30

HMS Warrior 1860 HM Naval Base, Victory Gate, PO1 3QX023 9277 8604Captain’s Cabin 25, Half Deck 100

Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2TA0871 942 9065Victory Suite 40, Solent Suite 80, Normandy Suite 160

The Innlodge Hotel, Burrfields Road PO3 5HH023 9265 0510Saltern Suite 50, Executive Suite 120, Garden Room 120

Keppel's Head Hotel, 24-26 The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3DT023 9283 3231Captain's Table 60, Nut Bar 60

Portsmouth Football Club, Frogmore Road, Fratton, PO4 8RA023 9277 8555Alliance Lounge 85, The Victory Lounge 325

Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB 023 9387 0182Portsmouth Room 100, Lord Mayor's Banqueting Room 110

Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club, The Port House, Marina Keep, Port Solent, PO6 4TH01489 589275Regatta Room 80, Ocean Room 120

Portsmouth Marriott, Southampton Road Portsmouth, PO6 4SH 023 9238 3151Chichester Suite 50, Heritage Suite 200, Mary Rose Suite 400

Portsmouth City Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ023 9283 4737Esther Room 60, Activities Room 50, Fine and Decorative Art Gallery 40

Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3ST023 9320 0330Glasshouse 250, Solent View 100

Queens Hotel, 2 Osborne Road, Southsea, PO5 3LJ023 9282 2466Elizabeth Room 150, Windsor Room 110, Princess Room 100, Victoria Room 60

Royal Beach Hotel, 1 St Helens Parade PO4 0RN023 9273 1281 Endurance Suite 30, Fearless Suite 70, Intrepid Suite 80

Royal Maritime Club, 75-80 Queen Street, PO1 3HS023 9282 4231Trafalgar balcony 80, Nelson Lounge 100, Trafalgar Ballroom 250

Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TT 023 9285 7532View Deck two 70, Waterfront Cafe 70

Southsea Castle, Museums and Events Team, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3PA023 9283 4737The Marquee 120, The Workshop 60, The Keep 60

The Square Tower, Broad Street, PO1 2JE07519 505 785Upper Room 80, Lower Room 100

Village Hotel, Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth, PO6 3FR01925 578313Inspiration Suite 190, Motivation Suite 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.

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