Situated on the coast with beautiful views across the solent, Southsea Castle is Portsmouth's most historical venue. With the option to host your entire celebration or just a ceremony or reception, this venue promises to make any wedding day a truly memorable and unique experience.

Civil Ceremony Location

The Keep (built in 1544)

Encased in its original Tudor stone, the Keep is the perfect location for an intimate ceremony in a grand setting.

Exposed brick lines the room which has a capacity for up to 56 guests. Access directly out onto the Ramparts and Castle Keep roof enable an opportunity to wow your guests further, where the views across the solent to the Isle of Wight are truly breathtaking.

It is essential that your big day reflects you so we try to be as accommodating as possible whilst respecting the building’s listed status. Many couples enjoy dressing the room to fit with their unique style with chair sashes, chair covers, LED candles, bunting and flowers. However, with subtle hints of natural light and a warm historical feel, many let the Keep speak for itself. Anything goes!

Reception Locations

Celebrate your marriage amongst friends and family with a glass something special in the sunshine.


If you have booked the Keep for your ceremony, access the Ramparts through the historical wooden doors leading out onto the hidden sun trap of the solent. Whilst the Keep will be eventually closed off, the Ramparts can be accessed throughout any booked reception until dark, letting the awe inspiring views be appreciated for as long as possible.


Pass over the bridge and enter the heart of the castle. Enjoy welcome drinks in the courtyard area with access to The Champagne Bar throughout your day. As the evening draws closer, the square is transformed with seating areas, patio heaters and an all important trunk of blankets to ensure guests can have a bit of fresh air once the party gets going!


Our permanent marquee provides the perfect blank canvas for a dream wedding breakfast and reception. With ivory draping throughout, the room is warm and inviting whilst exposing some castle wall to encompass the historical elegance of the venue. Layouts can range from 120 seated guests on round or long tables to 250 standing guests for a relaxed evening reception. A bar area can be found to one side to allow easy access for guests whilst remaining part of the party at all times.

Food & Drink

From our on site caterers 'The Courtyard'

Together with our on site caterers ‘The Courtyard’, Southsea Castle does not believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach. Bespoke menu’s and drinks options can be effortlessly created with the help of your dedicated wedding coordinator who will guide you through your planning process with as much or as little help as needed. 

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