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.

The rooms are also available for renewal of vows ceremonies.

Wedding room hire differs from conference bookings in the Old Council House.

Ceremony Rooms

Mayoral room

The Mayoral Room

This is our most popular room.

With its grand yet intimate atmosphere it holds up to 50 guests, but is equally suitable for smaller parties.

Lantern Room

The Lantern Room 

With its beautifully crafted interior and elegant lighting, the Lantern Room’s regency decor provides a stunning setting for your special event. This room holds up to 60 guests.

Grand Council Chamber

The Grand Council Chamber

This impressive room is the ideal venue for larger ceremonies as it holds up to 150 guests.

Statutory room

The Statutory Room

A ceremony in this room is a standard marriage/civil partnership ceremony, for up to 4 guests.

Rates for wedding or civil ceremony hire

All costs below are up to and including 31 March 2018. All prices include VAT where applicable.

For prices from 1 April 2018 call the register office on 0117 922 2800.

There is a non-refundable fee of £30 to book a ceremony.

From 1 August 2017 fees will be:

Room Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday and bank holiday
Mayoral Room £195 £245 N/A
Grand Council Chamber £760 £890 £1095
Lantern Room £625 £755 £915
Statutory Room £50 N/A N/A

The Statutory Room is only available on Mondays and Tuesdays, excluding bank holidays.

Rates for civil partnership conversion or renewal of vows hire

Room Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday and bank holiday
Mayoral Room £195 £245 N/A
Grand Council Chamber £760 £890 £1095
Lantern Room £625 £755 £915

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."

We are committed to continually improving our service and would appreciate your feedback. Please spend five minutes to complete our online feedback form.

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 Bristol Room

is the perfect setting for those smaller meetings, training sessions or team away days. Although small it still has all the period features you would expect in a building of this nature.

The Grand Council Chamber

is an impressive room and is the ideal venue for larger events, exhibitions, award ceremonies and conferences as it holds up to 150 people. 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
Bristol Room boardroom 12

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 three 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

Room Half day rate Full day rate
Grand Council Chamber £300 £500
Lantern Room £250 £450
Bristol Room £75 £150

A half day is either 9am to 12.30, or 1.30 pm to 5pm.

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

Part of the Bristol Collection