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 accompanied by glowing stained-glass windows, the Durbar Hall creates an intimate and enchanting atmosphere for your special occasion.

Weddings and Ceremonies

Please note: Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions that are in place, not all information in regards to capacity, dates and timings, packages available etc will be up to date. Current capacity of the Durbar Hall is 50 guests.

Our packages start from £450. The latest time a ceremony can be held is 3pm (April - October) or 2pm (November - March). A booking form must be completed and a £100 deposit paid to secure the booking; the balance will be required a month in advance of the ceremony. You can find more information in our wedding packages guide.

Opportunities for photography in the grounds outside the museum are superb 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 us on 01424 451052 or at for more information.

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 events are charged at a reasonable hourly rate and use of various equipment is available.

For further information and bookings please contact us on 01424 451052 or at

Room and building hire fees can be found in our Fees and Charges 2021-22 document.

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