HMS Victory's Great Cabin, set up for food and drinks


For the ultimate event to remember guests can hire the historic HMS Victory – the world’s oldest commissioned warship.

This historic ship is perfect for small, high profile events for 12 -22 lucky guests. Choose between spaces such as the Captain’s Cabins or the Great Cabin for an intimate dinner party. Or why not use our top deck for an amazing drinks reception for up to 100 people?

There are 4 spaces that are available, and these can be used in a variety of combinations:
Nelson’s Great Cabin will accommodate up to 22
Hardy’s Cabin will accommodate up to 18
The Lower Gun Deck will accommodate up to 102
The Quarterdeck will accommodate up to 120

Vice Admiral Nelson’s Great Cabin

This occupied one quarter of the Upper Gun Deck, and is where Nelson would have lived in relative comfort during his time as Admiral in command of the Fleet.

These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, remembered by all of those who have attended, indeed exceeding even the highest of expectations.

Clients are involved at all stages of the arrangements, from advising on the style of invitation design they would like through to picking the menu, choosing the wines, and having an input of the set list for the quartet.

Hardy’s Cabin

Captain Thomas Hardy was the Captain of HMS Victory, known as the ‘Flag Captain’. Hardy’s cabin is located at the rear of the Quarterdeck, and was the tactical control room for the whole ship.

The cabin is not as spacious or luxurious as that of Nelson, but it conveys all of the rich history and heritage of the ship.

It is beautifully laid out with authentic period and reproduction furniture, as well as an array of original artefacts.

The Lower Gun Deck

The Lower Gun Deck will accommodate up to 102 guests.

The Lower Gun Deck allows guests the chance to dine at mess tables, where in the past the crew of Victory would have eaten their rations, on tables slung between the 32-pounder guns. These were Victory’s heaviest guns, each weighing in at 3.75 tons.

Dining on the Lower Gun Deck is a completely different experience to the Great Cabin, with less of the luxurious surroundings, yet set in perhaps the most wonderfully evocative area of the ship, full of the atmosphere of how the lower rates would have lived and dined.

The Quarterdeck

Stand in the open air, at the heart of HMS Victory’s command and control centre and enjoy a reception for up to 120 on the Quarterdeck. Take your mind back to that fateful day on 21st October 1805, and try to imagine how history unfolded, standing on the very spot where Vice Admiral Nelson fell.

It is hard to convey the rich history and heritage that we have to offer, without arranging a site visit and walking you through the experience, so please get in touch and we would be only too willing to facilitate your needs.

Please be aware that this is for indication purposes only and that most events are bespoke, created after full consultation with the client, ensuring that all of their needs are catered for.

Prices are available on application, and a 15% discount to charitable organisations or a 25% discount to naval charities is available.

Please note: HMS Victory is not available for wedding hire.

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  • Disabled persons toilet
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)


  • Full liquor licence

Establishment Features

  • Accessibility for Unloading
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Natural Daylight
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays

Parking & Transport

  • Own car park (Fee Applies)
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Provider Preferences

  • Some no smoking areas

Map & Directions

HMS Victory

Type:Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

National Museum of the Royal Navy, H M Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 3NH
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Tel023 9283 9766

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