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
Maximum Price
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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted


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
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
Madison & Rob
Married in October 2020
December 2020
Our Halloween Wedding
We enjoyed the reception so much, it was such a great evening. We even want to book for the 30th of October next year as we all has such a amazing time. Thank you all so very much.
Alison & Kathleen
Married in October 2020
December 2020
Most Amazing Time
We had the most amazing time and the surprise act was hilarious!! We’d also like to thank you for all the organising you did at your end. Could we also ask that you pass on our thanks to all the staff that looked after us especially the bar staff who came down the cellars and kept the drinks flowing! All our guests commented on how great they were - nothing was too much trouble. I must also mention the food which was outstanding - everybody really enjoyed their meals. Many thanks once again
Tim & Miriam
Married in October 2020
December 2020
Absolutely Thrilled
We're absolutely thrilled with how well the wedding went, and are so grateful for your help in making it happen!
Mr and Mrs Hyland
Married in October 2020
October 2020
Amazing Covid secure venue
Good afternoon Sarah, We are both well and very comfortable calling each other Mr and Mrs Hyland. The Ceremony was beautiful and considering we knew nothing of the protocol it was amazing. The entire hotel staff were flawless and the day and late night will be in our memories forever. Thank you Mr and Mrs Hyland.
Ged and Manuel
Married in October 2020
October 2020
Room was perfect
Hi Sarah, It was great thanks. The room was perfect, the staff lovely and the cake and commission were there waiting for us. We all had a great time. Thank you so much for all of your assistance. I wish you and your colleagues good luck in the probable difficult times to come. Very best wishes Ged and Manuel.
Mario & Grzegorz
Married in September 2020
December 2020
Safe Celebrations
It is difficult to express in writing how grateful myself and my partner are to all the staff of The Old Ship hotel. This has been a difficult year of all of us, however on the 2nd of September 2020 my partner & I were married, we had the smallest of wedding ceremonies in the Registry Office of Brighton Town Hall, we were allowed one witness each to come inside with us, all others would have to stay socially distanced outside. We had asked only our closest of family and friends to come to Brighton to celebrate our marriage, all our guests stayed at The Old Ship hotel arriving in the afternoon and early evening on the day before the ceremony. Over the two days of our socially distanced and safe celebrations, the staff organised: safe greetings drinks on the front terrace the day our guests arrived, a delicious breakfast for all (including our vegan friends) on the morning before our ceremony and the day after for those who stayed two nights, a lovely afternoon tea and reception for all after our ceremony. The feed back we had from all our family and friends who stayed at The Old Ship included comments like: 'the rooms are spotlessly clean', 'the beds are really comfy and the linen smells lovely and fresh', 'the staff are so friendly and helpful', 'I/We felt safe as the Covid precautions in place were well organised and managed', We had an amazing time, I didn't realise Brighton is such a great city'. All we can say is "THANK YOU
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