Portsmouth is a popular wedding choice due to its abundance of historical and unique venues, not to mention its nautical charm. It can be hard to decide between the many venue options available, but here are three of potentially the most memorable.

Three stunning Portsmouth wedding venues

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The dramatic choice

A favourite of history-loving brides, grooms and many a Hampshire wedding photographer, Southsea Castle offers a spectacular Solent backdrop and plenty of opportunities for memorable moments, ranging from posing for snaps on the drawbridge approach to sipping champagne in the all-weather marquee.

It is the history of the castle, however, that really makes it stand out for those wanting that extra special something from their wedding venue. What better place to celebrate your nuptials than in a Tudor castle owned by Henry VIII, a man renowned for knowing one or two − or maybe six − things about weddings?

The intimate venue

If you want a small, luxury venue with plenty of provenance, you cannot go wrong with a ceremony and celebration at the birthplace of one of the worlds greatest-ever writers.

The birthplace of Charles Dickens is a charming house on a cobbled Georgian Street. It can hold a maximum of just 16 guests, making it ideal for those intimate occasions.

This is one of Portsmouth City Councils historic wedding venues and more details can be found on the authoritys Weddings in Portsmouth website, where you can also download a brochure on getting married or holding a civil partnership ceremony in Portsmouth.

An exclusive option

Local wedding photographers such as Lemon Tree Photography will never be short of inspiration and ideas if you choose to hold your celebrations at Spitbank Fort.

If you like the idea of living like a rock star for the day, this is the ideal venue for you. Forget hopping in a limo to get to your wedding ceremony − here it is all about helicopters and speed boats.

You can have exclusive use of eight stunning bedrooms, a spectacular bridal suite, a rooftop hot pool, a fire pit and a wine cave. What more could you want if you are planning a special day that neither you nor your guests will ever forget? For bigger celebrations, there is the option of using No Mans Fort instead, which is three times the size.