The Old Ship Hotel

£350 - £2000 for Venue Hire
Up to 180
154 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
COVID Secure Venue.
With 450 years of history, where better to celebrate your Wedding than in the regency splendour of Brighton's oldest and best loved hotel, the Old Ship Hotel. COVID Secure Venue.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
The Old Ship is registered to hold civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships granted by the County Council. Our ceremony rooms can accommodate from 50 up to 120 guests and are charged separately than the packages as per the table below. Please remember that that you will need to contact the Registrar directly to arrange your preferred date and there would be a separate fee for the attendance of the registrar. You can book the Registrar up to a year in advance and are required to give notice to the Registrar of the district. It is also worth noting that once the date is planned, couples will secure their preferred venue at the same time to ensure they can get the dates and venue they like
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
External caterers not permitted
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price

(price per head)

Prices Start At
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It is a dream you have had from a young age; your wedding day. A unique celebration of love between two people. Creating your dream can be daunting and that’s where we come in. When you choose the Old Ship Hotel, our main aim will be to make your dream a reality. Every detail, however small, will be discussed with your dedicated wedding co-ordinator. That personal connection will remain right the way through the build up to your big day and then on the day itself. We are here to guide you right from the start of the process, so we have put together a number of packages; to suit your numbers, your preferences and your budgets. You can choose from an inclusive package or mix one of our speciality packages with an evening function package – the choice is yours to make. We have included many of the touches of a traditional wedding, like the Master of Ceremonies, who will inform your guests throughout the day, use of our cake stand and knife, printed menus, name cards and table plans. In this folder you will also find a count-down to your big day as well as many other useful ideas and options. We are sure you will have a lot of ideas of your own so why not let the Old Ship Hotel help you realise your vision and create the day you have always dreamed of.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Guest accommodation included
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Couple accommodation included
Canapés included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
07:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM
Late Night Extension


Open Flame Permitted
Water View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Disabled Access
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Full Description
With 450 years of history, where better to celebrate your Wedding than in the regency splendour of Brighton's oldest and best loved hotel, the Old Ship Hotel. COVID Secure Venue. Ideally situated overlooking Brighton beach and positioned between the two piers, the hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your Big Day. Suitable for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Weddings of all sizes, we are flexible to your requirements. So whether you require a small intimate occasion for up to 26 guests in our charismatic Wine Cellars, or a grand gathering for up to 180 guests in our famous Paganini Ballroom, we can tailor to your needs. The Old Ship Hotel has three rooms licensed room for Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships.


No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Nigel and Tracey
Married in December 2019
April 2017
Absolutely LOVED
We absolutely LOVED our wedding Day. We were so pleased with the cellars, the way it was decorated, the table, the attentiveness of the staff, the food, the massive and highly valued input from the events team, the wonderful room we spent 2 nights in and all the small touches such as the champagne and chocolates and the Christmas stocking on the bedroom door on Christmas morning! We couldn’t have asked for more. We can commend the excellent service given to us leading up to and on the day of our wedding. We feel the whole thing was perfect and can’t thank The Old Ship enough.
Jennifer and Graham
Married in September 2019
July 2020
Beautiful Day
Overall it was a beautiful day it went so fast!! Could not of asked for a better day!
Mr & Mr O’Neill - Walker
Married in May 2019
April 2017
Happy Husbands
Hi Sarah Many thanks for getting In touch We have the most amazing fabulous wedding day, all the staff have been amazing from front of house to bar staff. Ruth & Alice have been amazing keeping us up to date with what was happening leading up to our big day & there customer service approach was excellent they both put us at ease. Miriam front of house on the desk she was amazing also she showed us round the first visit to old ship & she remembered us when we spoke to her on Friday & Saturday when she & Ruth & other staff welcomed us as a married couple. My family where well looked after also & they loved the old ship hotel as much as we did. Many thanks to you all at the old ship we have had a fabulous amazing wedding day that would not have been from the help from you all to make it so special. We would like the people mentioned to get our feedback also. We come see you when we get back from our honeymoon to thank you in person Thanks again Sarah & crew for making our wedding magical & the best. Love Mr & Mr O’Neill - Walker Happy Husbands
William & Felicity
Married in January 2019
April 2017
Thank you
Hi Sarah Thanks for your email and my apologies for not messaging sooner we had both planned to contact you and thank you so much to you and all at the old ship for the most incredible afternoon and evening. Ruth and her team were brilliant and Sammy made sure we were well looked after also. Rest assured whenever we think of staying or eating in Brighton again, The Old Ship will always be top of our list. Our very best wishes to everyone Best regards William & Felicity
Kerrie and Carl
Married in November 2018
February 2019
Hello Sarah, I hope you are well. Sorry this is late but wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to you and all your colleagues for making our wedding day at The Old Ship so wonderful. It was a "different" wedding to what you are used to I am sure but you were fantastic and you got us and what we needed right from the beginning. The hotel was amazing, the Fecamp Lounge was perfect and the staff that looked after us on the day couldn't have been kinder or better. All of that topped with Abba in the evening and it was just what we wanted! Thank you so much for all your help. Kerrie and Carl
Huw and Sofya
Married in July 2018
April 2017
Thank you to you and your staff at the Old Ship for the excellent Wedding Party on Saturday. Many guests commented on the wonderful venue and the delicious food. Wonderful evening!
Location & Contact Details


King's Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NR, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Brighton & Hove

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

London Gatwick

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Your Sussex Wedding

Accreditations / Associations (2)

Visit Brighton
AIM Accredited

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

All our weddings have their own personal highlight, impossible to choose the best.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Relax, enjoy and remember its your day your way.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Walking down the aisle with their pet dog.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, Classic, Unique, Traditional, Intimate

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Mark Williams and his wife Emma renewed their vows and we hosted the reception

What’s your favourite canapé?

Jerk chicken tortillas

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Mini burgers with spicy relish

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Historical Grade II Listed Ballrooms

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our team, you can see from our reviews