The Mansion House: venue hire

The Mansion House: venue hire


The Mansion House

Welcome to The Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol, set in the heart of prestigious Clifton.

The Mansion House has been licenced for weddings and public functions since 1990. Gifted to the council in 1874, The Mansion House integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with the luxury and service you would expect from the Official Residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

With its large airy rooms, beautiful gardens and a reputation for good service and quality, it has become one of Bristol's premier business and wedding venues.

What our location offers

The Mansion House offers a choice of 5 Victorian styled rooms and a conservatory. On the ground floor, the elegant and airy drawing room is licenced for wedding ceremonies. For a larger event, the impressive dining room can seat 100, 'theatre style' for corporate events and 100 when dining.

There is extra space in the comfortable, bright conservatory which leads to the large front garden. There is an atrium style entrance hallway with a stunning chandelier. There is also disabled access through automatic glass doors at the side of The Mansion House, disabled parking and a lift to all floors. There is limited free parking in the grounds and also on-street parking.

On the first floor, there are 3 interconnecting rooms, comprising the 'Guild of Guardians Suite'. Of these, the centre room is the largest (approximately 27'x27') and is best suited to 'boardroom' style meetings. Two smaller side rooms are ideally suited as break-out or reception rooms. Maximum 40 – 50 people in first floor rooms.

The drawing room is 65’ x 18’ - maximum capacity of 90 persons seated 'theatre style' or drinks reception 100 standing.

The dining room is 65 'x 18' - can seat 100 'theatre style', or if dining can accommodate gatherings up to 48 on a long oak table in a formal style or up to 100, on round tables (10 to a table) in an informal setting.

Disabled entrance, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are in the basement.

There are two spacious gardens available, the smaller of which contains a Gazebo licensed for Civil Ceremonies. The maximum number of guests may still not exceed 100.

Whether it is a wedding, business conference or private party, our unique facilities are second to none. We will work with you to provide everything you need to ensure that your event is a success. We will smoothly and professionally look after an event for up to 100 people.


The Mansion House has been licensed to carry out civil weddings in both the elegant drawing room and the pretty gazebo in our smaller rose garden. With attention to detail being a pre-requisite, you can be sure that your celebration, large or small, will be an experience which cannot be surpassed.

When the wedding ceremony takes place in the drawing room, seating is for approximately 70, with the remaining guests standing (maximum 100).

Sit down receptions are held in the dining room, maximum 100 seated on round tables. For smaller receptions, with no more than 48 dining, the stunning oak table can be used.

Mansion House hire charges - please see wedding hire costs 2011 in the 'related documents' or phone 0117 9031456 for up-to-date prices.

Booking the Registrar and information on Registrars' fees, please contact them directly on 0117 92 22800 or go to the registering a wedding page.

Corporate Hire - conferences / seminars / meetings

With its superior location, exclusivity and peace, we believe The Mansion House charges are some of the most competitive within Bristol.

We also have great flexibility on how you wish to use the rooms.

There are six rooms available; two large open, airy rooms (the Drawing and Dining Room) where we are able to accommodate up to 90 seated in the theatre style (in the drawing room) or up to 100 seated in a theatre style (in the dining room). There are also three smaller rooms (Guild of Guardians Suite – maximum 40 – 50 between the three rooms) the largest being approximately 27' x 27' and is suited to the ‘Boardroom Style’ meeting and the two side rooms are suited to being reception or breakout rooms as well as the Conservatory.

There is also telephone point Internet access and WIFI in the Guild of Guardians Suite. All rooms have access to a power source.

Please see Corporate Hire Charges in 'related documents'  for hiring the whole, or part of, the Mansion House and also Daily Delegate Rates. Alternatively, telephone 0117 903 1456 for up-to-date charges.

Equipment available to hire includes:

  • Flipchart Stand/Pad/Pens
  • PA system
  • Power point projector
  • Laptop computer

Other private functions


The official residence of the Lord Mayor, the Mansion House offers a unique and unforgettable celebration venue. With attention to detail being a pre-requisite, you can be sure that your celebration, large or small, will be an experience which cannot be surpassed.

Our Functions Officers will work with you for your special occasion to make it an occasion to remember, whether a grand event or a more intimate, informal gathering. For less formal occasions, standing events barbeques can be held in the beautiful gardens.

Please see Private Hire Costs in 'related documents' or phone 0117 9031456 for up-to-date prices.


At the Mansion House we realise that for a top class event you need to have premiere catering. Our caterers, Fosters Events, have been serving the discerning diner with innovative cuisine for over 40 years, providing the very best quality food, for both the business and public sectors. Their expertise allows them to cope with any dietary needs that may be required. Customizing your own menu could not be easier; just select from our extensive event menu and wine list.

Please see 'related documents' for our full menu and our wine list.

We at the Mansion House, along with Fosters staff, will be only too pleased to help and advise you with your selection.

Forthcoming Events

For details of events please visit

The Lady Mayoress 'at home'

Once a month, with the exception of January and August, The Lady Mayoress extends an invitation to the public to meet her at the Mansion House on the first Wednesday of the month from 3pm until 4pm.

After you have been introduced to The Lady Mayoress you can enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits. There will be talks about the Mansion House - its beautiful rooms, pictures and furniture and a unique opportunity to view some of the civic silver.

If groups wish to attend or if you require more information please contact the Functions Officers, Kim Sheppard on 0117 9031455 / 6.

At home dates in 2014:

  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April - no 'at home'
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5


Plan your visit to the Mansion House with Journey Planner, City Map Viewer and Regional Map (pdf, 362 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 363k) (opens new window) .

To find out about accessibility at The Mansion House, you can look at an access guide on DisabledGo.

Contact us

If you would like to receive either a Wedding or a Corporate Information Pack or to view The Mansion House please contact:

Kim Sheppard
tel: 0117 903 1456

Making a provisional booking at The Mansion House could not be simpler, but remember that being a popular venue for both weddings and corporate events, it is best booked early to avoid any disappointment. Please note we can only hold the date for two weeks for you - when you have confirmed you will need to complete the 'Application for Hire' form, (pdf, 79 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 79k) (opens new window) enclosing the hire fee.

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