Wedding hire

Southsea Castle provides an iconic and historic backdrop for your wedding.

Henry VIII liked a wedding (or six!), so what better place to tie the knot than his very own castle overlooking the Solent? From your entry across the drawbridge through to the ceremony within the historic keep, Southsea Castle is a venue that offers a real experience.

You can choose one area for your ceremony or reception, or you could have exclusive use of the castle for the entire celebration, including the keep, ramparts and ground-floor marquee. There’s scope for you to have the whole celebration, from ceremony to breakfast and reception, all within these historic walls.

Southsea Castle is a great all-weather venue. Those blessed with a sunny day can enjoy panoramic views of Portsmouth, the Solent and Isle of Wight from the ramparts, whilst those who are a little less fortunate with the weather needn’t worry, as there’s a permanent, fully equipped marquee to keep the party warm and dry.

You needn’t worry about a thing, as Southsea Castle’s on-site caterer and event manager are here to help ensure your day goes perfectly.

When set up for a wedding, the keep can accommodate 46 seated and 14 standing. Please note, this figure includes the couple and two registrars.

The below charges are for two hours and should be used for illustration purposes only. Please email us or telephone 023 9283 4737 for full details and pricing information. You can secure your date with a 50% non-returnable deposit.

If you have any further queries, take a look at out our FAQs. You can see more images of the Castle set up for weddings on our Facebook photo album and read the Testimonials from other couples who have tied the knot here.

Southsea Castle wedding hire charges (in £, excluding VAT)

Keep ceremony
Monday – Thursday, 2 hours between 10am and 5pm500510520530
Friday – Sunday, 2 hours between 10am and 5pm690705720735
Marquee reception
Monday – Thursday, 5pm – midnight2,3002,3502,4002,450
Friday – Sunday, 5pm – midnight3,2203,2903,3603,430
Ceremony and reception, Monday – Thursday2,3502,4002,4502,500
Ceremony and reception, Friday – Sunday3,3153,3853,4553,530
Ceremony after 5pm, or any time November – February (additional fee on top of above)128130135140

On New Year’s Eve there’s a 50% increase in all charges
For hourly rates, divide the above rate by number of hours and add 20%