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Sir Max Aitken Museum

£200 - £900 for venue hire
Up to 80
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The Museum is a gracious historic Grade 1 listed building situated in the heart of Cowes. We offer a complete wedding service which can be individually tailor made for you.
Features & Capacity
Venue Type
Museum / Attraction
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Bridal Changing Facilities
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-house Wedding Coordinator
Outdoor Reception Space
Water View
Ceremony and Reception
Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Food and Drink
Alcohol Licence
In-house Catering
Cultural Experience
Historic Building
Pricing & Costs
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You can hire the Museum for your reception only, from £200, or as the venue for your wedding ceremony. We charge £900 for a ceremony. We...
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In-house catering (price per head)
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No two events can be the same so, alongside the set menus, our caterers offer a bespoke service which aims to reflect your personal wis...
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We couldn't have wished for a better venue and all the guests absolutely loved the museum.
I just wanted to send you the biggest 'Thankyou' for making Gavin and my day so special. We couldn't have wished for a better venue and ... 
By Helen and Gavin on 13th December 2017
A happy couple
Married in June 2017

The Max Aitken Museum truly is a jewel in the Isle of Wight crown.
“Sandie and Ruth are lovely, lovely people and a real credit the Museum. They were both so helpful, as well as being incredibly patient... 
By Annabel and Carl on 13th December 2017
A happy couple
Married in January 2017

'What an incredible place! ’
We visited here for dinner on a Saturday evening and what an incredible place. We had the pleasure of dining surrounded by a rare and fa... 
By Anon on 13th December 2017
Happy guests
Wedding: June 2016

Full Description
  • This famous pink building on Cowes waterfront offers a venue that is both unique and remarkable, making a historic backdrop on your special day. Originally the home of the renowned press baron and yachting entrepreneur Sir Max Aitken, the Museum was created to house his extraordinary personal collection of paintings and sailing memorabilia. In addition to this wonderful dining / reception room, a large balcony offers guests the chance to enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Solent scene, with its yacht racing, passing cruise liners and views across to the Spinnaker Tower. If you wish to be dropped off or collected from your wedding by boat, we have steps giving access to the sea! The Museum offers an intimate space for up to 80 people for your ceremony and reception. Choose from one of our four nominated caterers, to create the perfect menu - from a simple afternoon tea to a sumptuous 5* gourmet dining experience. We are located in the heart of Cowes, a short walk from the Red Jet ferry service and also within 5 minutes walk of local churches. Our wedding hosts are here to help with your planning and will be there on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly.
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Gillian Corby
    We offer a venue that is completely different from any other. As a small charitable organisation we provide an entirely personal service, intended to make your day perfect.
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    Between 10 and 30
    # Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
Location & Contact Details
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  • Directions
    • Address
    • 83 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AJ, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Cowes
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M3 Southampton
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Southampton
    • Travel Notes
    • High speed ferries run from Southampton to Cowes and from Portsmouth to Ryde- journey time 25 minutes. There is also a car ferry service from Southampton and Portsmouth
    • Nearest Airport
    • Southampton
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
A small wedding with 50 people at Christmas time. It was organised at very short notice for two very busy people ( the bride bought her dress the week before the wedding, the groom works abroad!) They were thrilled and delighted with everything.
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Plan, but also Enjoy.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
An artist who did 5 minute profile portraits of the guests, cut from paper.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, intimate, fascinating, warm, friendly
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
In the Museum
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Dame Ellen MacArthur- round the world yachtswoman and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
What’s your favourite canapé?
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The paintings and exhibits
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Events and parties held in the Museum

Bridebook benefits

  • Bridebook Discount: 5%