Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 Image credit: Simon J Coulson

The HMS Warrior 1860 is a beautifully restored naval ship located in Portsmouth, England, and would the perfect venue for your nautical themed wedding! Enjoy this venue walkthrough:

HMS Warrior is the only surviving example remaining of the 45 Royal Navy iron hull ships built between 1861 and 1877, otherwise collectively known as the ‘Black Battlefleet’.

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860Image credit: Simon J Coulson

See the rest of the venue walkthrough after the cut!

Although this was almost not the case – in 1924 Warrior was put up for scrap, but with no buyer coming forward she instead found a calling as a floating oil jetty in Pembroke Dock.

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 (1)

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In 1978 when the oil dock closed, MP John Smith, on a mission to protect threatened items of national heritage, handed the ship over to the Maritime Trust. She was restored to her original condition in Hartlepool over a 7 year period, and made her Portsmouth homecoming in 1987 where she has served as a popular tourist attraction and events venue ever since.

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson
Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Although built as a response to threats from the French Navy, Warrior was never involved in conflict or fired a single enemy shot in her 20-plus years as an active Royal Navy vessel. It is common believe that her own sheer power and ability played a part in this, serving as an enemy deterrent for battle at sea.

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860

Image credit: Simon J Coulson
Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860
Image credit: Simon J Coulson

Now up kept by the Warrior Preservation Trust and recently hitting her 150th birthday, HMS Warrior has remained a popular wedding venue for its rich Naval history, enchanting settings and pure unique appeal as one of a handful of historic ships available for wedding hire in the UK. As the ship’s wellbeing is supported by an independent charity, it depends strongly on events and tourism to keep her in top condition. A wedding or civil partnership onboard HMS Warrior isn’t just a great day for the couple and all guests involved, but also a helping contribution towards preserving British history for future generations to enjoy.

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 (2)

Image credit: Kim Collins

Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 (3)

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Venue Walkthrough: HMS Warrior 1860 (4)

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Stunning! For more about The HMS Warrior 1860, see the WeddingVenueLove page, or go straight to the website.

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