The Old Council House: venue hire

The Old Council House: venue hire

The Old Council House is an elegant, neo-Classical Grade II listed building which has many wonderful interesting features, including a grand sweeping staircase and outstanding decoration throughout with many original features.

It was built 1824 to 1827 by Sir Robert Smirke and is situated at the cross roads of Corn Street and Broad Street. This is right in the heart of Bristol and so has the convenience of being located near the main road and rail links.


The Old Council House is a perfect choice for your ceremony. We have a number of  rooms suitable for weddings and civil ceremonies.

See our guide to rooms at the Old Council House for more information.

The rooms are also available for renewal of vows ceremonies.

Conferences and meetings

In 2006, following a large restoration project, The Old Council House became the city Register Office and now has three superb recently refurbished rooms available for hire for meetings and events. These include the Lantern Room, the Bristol Room and The Grand Council Chamber.

The Grand Council Chamber

is an impressive room and is the ideal venue for larger events, exhibitions, award ceremonies and conferences. It was opened by Queen Victoria and houses large paintings depicting various events in Bristol’s history.

The Lantern Room

with its beautifully crafted interior, elegant lighting and regency decor provides a stunning setting for your special event. 

Room set ups

If you would like to host an event with a difference then The Old Council House is certainly the place for you. There are a range of options available in terms of room set up and catering and our flexible, accommodating staff aim to make sure your event goes to plan.

Room Layout style Capacity
Lantern Room cabaret 40
boardroom 30
theatre 60
Grand Council Chamber cabaret 60
boardroom 40
theatre 120

Facilities and accessibility

Please contact us should you require anymore information on the facilties listed below and we will do all we can to help.


There is an impressive variety of accommodation ranging from guesthouses to the most opulent boutique hotels within easy walking distance catering for all tastes and budgets. If you are visiting Bristol, check the Visit Bristol website for more information.

Car parking

There are extensive parking facilities nearby.

Audio-visual equipment

Projector screens and flipcharts are available for all rooms, if you would like more sophisticated audio-visual equipment then we can provide details of local AV companies who would be able to help.


There is level access into the building and adapted toilets on the same floor. There is currently a project underway to install induction hearing loops in all conference and meeting rooms to further enhance the buildings accessibility.


We currently have two preferred suppliers who have used the building many times, so please contact us for details. There are limited kitchen / preparation facilities, which means that only finger / cold buffets and refreshments are permitted.

Rates for hire Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only 

Room Half day rate Full day rate
Grand Council Chamber £300 £500
Lantern Room £250 £450

All prices for conference and meeting hire are subject to VAT added to cost.

A half day is either 9am to 12.30, or 1.30 pm to 5pm. 
Access is available 30 minutes before to facilitate set up.

Any overlaps will be charged at full rate of any additional zone.

Part of the Bristol Collection


Feedback and commendations

  • "The staff at the Old Council House are very helpful, particularly the Customer Service Officer - Colin Keevil."
  • "The Grand Council Chamber is a beautiful room with plenty of natural light. It is an interesting alternative. It has a really nice atmosphere and staff appreciate being somewhere a bit different."

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