Weddings, Ceremonies & Hires

black and white photo of George Woods wedding

On this page you will find information about:

  • The Venue
  • Weddings and Ceremonies
  • Room and Building Hire

The Venue

Built in 1886 for the Indian & Colonial Exhibition, the Museum's magnificent Durbar Hall offers a unique venue for weddings, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies or renewal of vows.

This stunning hall comprises of two floors and a lantern roof. The stairway, with arched balcony from the upper floor, offers a dramatic entrance to the ground floor. Carved in teak and deodar cedar by two skilled workers from the Punjab together with the glowing stained-glass windows, the Durbar Hall creates an intimate and enchanting atmosphere for your special occasion.

The Durbar Hall can seat 76 guests. Dates can be arranged by telephone, e-mail or during a visit to the Museum. For more information please contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at

Weddings and Ceremonies

The latest time a ceremony can be held is 3pm (April - October) or 2pm (November - March). The fee for using the Durbar Hall for ceremonies is £591. A booking form must be completed and a £100 deposit paid to secure the booking; the balance of £491 will be required a month in advance of the ceremony.

Opportunities for photography in the Durbar Hall are superb and the grounds outside the Museum can also be used with lawns, flowerbeds and a stone loggia all providing an elegant backdrop. We would be pleased to talk to you about your special day. Contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at

Room and Building Hire

Planning an event? Then why not hold it at the museum? 

From the spacious and versatile Long Gallery to the intimate splendour of the Durbar Hall, the Museum collections provide the perfect setting in which to inspire and entertain. Hire fees for daytime events, performances and lectures start from only £70.

For further information and bookings please contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at

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