Judges praised the Mary Rose as an ‘inspirational place’ as the events team picked up the Silver award in the Venue and Business Category of the Beautiful South Awards, held at the Grand Hotel Brighton.
The sought-after award, run by Tourism South East, highlights outstanding destinations in the region for conferences, business functions, banqueting, and weddings.
The Mary Rose, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was one of four finalists in the category.
Paul Griffiths, Head of Operations, said: “We are delighted to have won this highly-regarded award that firmly places us in the top echelon of venues in the region.
“It’s testament to the hard work and impeccable standards of the whole events team, who always go the extra mile to make sure every event we hold exceeds the expectations of our guests.
“We have hosted dozens of events for companies and private parties over the past year and the feedback has been terrific.
“It’s fair to say the Mary Rose is one of the most unique and inspirational venues in the region, with Henry VIII’s flagship as the stunning backdrop. This combination of world-famous heritage and world-class events spaces is very special indeed and we are very excited for the future as our events offering grows even further in 2018.”
The Mary Rose was one of the first heritage venues in the region to complete World Host training – which is recognised internationally as a leading platform for superb customer service.
The venue has three unique spaces for events. The atmospheric Admiral’s Gallery seats up to 100 guests where they are surrounded by a number of Tudor artefacts. The Upper Deck is located within the ship hall itself and up to 40 guests can breathe the same air as the ship and enjoy uninterrupted views of the restored timbers of Henry VIII’s flagship. The Wardroom is perfect for smaller events, including business meetings, and offers inspiring views of historic waterfront.