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Guildhall Winchester combines the old with the new to create a beautiful, modern wedding venue within the historic Victorian exterior. Following a major refurbishment in 2010, it offers a unique combination of function rooms ranging in size and character, all furnished to a high standard and perfect for both grand and intimate events. The newly restored and refurbished Bapsy Hall is one of the largest function rooms in Hampshire and can accommodate a wide range of events, seating up to 620 people.

Our dedicated team of professionals is on hand to support you from the initial inquiry to the completed event, offering advice and flexibility to ensure we exceed your expectations.

Guildhall Winchester is at the heart of one of England's most beautiful historic cities, a short walk from its many attractions, shops, and the spectacular Cathedral.
Excellent transport links make Winchester and the Guildhall the ideal location for all types of events.

The Guildhall is a magnificent Victorian building in the heart of the city, which provides the perfect setting if you are looking for a unique, stylish venue to make your celebrations unforgettable.

Whether you want an intimate family dinner for 20 or a grand wedding celebration for 300, Guildhall Winchester is the venue for you. We have ten superb, flexible event spaces for you to choose from; whether you prefer a modern, contemporary space or a traditional, elegant, and historic feel, we have the perfect location for your special event. With seven banqueting providers for you to choose from, we can offer menus for all tastes and budgets.

Imagine saying your vows in the gothic splendour of the Kings Charles Hall, having your reception in the Walton Suite with its fantastic terrace overlooking the rooftops of Winchester, or enjoying the splendour of the Bapsy Hall for a formal wedding breakfast or as a grand ballroom for your evening do. These are just a few ideas to help inspire you, and with the variety of opportunities available to you and with the help of our experienced team, we can make your dream day a reality.

  • Guildhall Winchester has 10 stunning rooms available for hire for all kinds of occasions ranging from Weddings to Banquets.
  • We work with seven fabulous banqueting companies to offer the widest choice and possibilities for food on your perfect day.
  • Your dedicated event manager will inspire and guide you to find the right options for you.
  • The wedding reception or wedding breakfast can be as formal or informal as you decide.
  • We will introduce you to your dedicated event manager from the moment you decide Guildhall Winchester is the place for your perfect day.
  • At Guildhall Winchester, we are happy to host your entire day, from ceremony to evening entertainment, or just part of it according to your needs.

Guildhall Winchester is a historic wedding venue near the heart of Winchester, Hampshire.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the city

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
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Liz Sent on 11/08/2007
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"Our Best Day Ever"

A big thank you to your staff for making our wedding our best day ever, everything was perfect from Liz grand entrance on the steps to our stunning photographs throughout the Guildhall and Abbey Gardens.
Mrs Sent on 26/05/2006
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We would just like to thank all the staff for making our Wedding Day such a Wonderful & Memorable Occasion. Wish we could do it again.
Sharon Sent on 22/05/2006
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Best day of my life

I would just like to thank Ian and his staff at the guildhall, for all their hard work and attention to detail for our wedding day.
Nothing was too much trouble for them before the day and on the day.
The vision I had for the room was delivered, the food and service was superb.
I would recomend it to anyone who is looking to get married in winchester.
Thank you from the both of us
Rachel Sent on 15/04/2005
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Wedding Day Thankyou's

Please pass on my thanks to the Manager and staff. Nothing was too much trouble for our reception. The Guildhall has many different rooms to chosoe from and we changed our plans to have our civil ceromony followed by the wedding breakfast in one venue and I cannot fault the whole day. Everything that a girl could wish for! Service and food were excellent - THANK YOU.
Mrs Sent on 15/04/2005
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Big thankyou

I just wanted to put pen to paper to say a big thankyou to the staff at The Guildhall for making my daughter's wedding a success, all staff we came in contact with during the day were very professional and obliging - you have a winning team and I will be recommending The Guildhall to everyone if they are looking for a wedding venue in Winchester.
Anonymous Sent on 08/04/2005
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Winchester's Grandest

I really cannot say how over the moon we were with the day. The Guildhall's organisation of the whole occasion was superb and with a choice of rooms to suite your parties size they really fitted our needs.
Claire Sent on 08/04/2005
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The Most Wonderful Day

We got married at Winchester's Guildhall late last year. After searching around the area for venues we found that the rooms withinThe Guildhall to be stunning and decided to have our ceremony in The Mayor's Parlour (very grand), followed by our reception in The Walton Road which has a fabulous balcony where we had our drinks reception with views right across Winchester. The lack of grounds for photographs we thought originally would be a problem but the staff advised us that it was no problem and that being situated right next to Abbey Gardens we could have some great pictures taken there (and they were!)

The location and facilities were second to none and food delicious. We would advise any couple looking for a venue with a difference to try The Guildhall - they wont be disappointed.
Maria Sent on 08/04/2005
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I'll do it all over again next week!

Thank you very much to Andrew and his team. My wedding day was so perfect, I wish I could do it all again.

The newly decorated King Charles Suite made a vey grand setting for our receptipn and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the day - it just went too quickly!

Again, a big thank you and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.
Ameilia Sent on 04/04/2005
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Our wedding day was absolutely fabulous. All the staff were helpful and efficient, both before the weding and on the day itself. Even the fire alaram after dessert failed to make a dent on anyones enjoyment. Special thanks were sent to Natasha, Gillian and Glenn and everyone who was there on 3rd December who made our day so special.
Christine Sent on 04/04/2005
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10 out of 10

The planning and running of our wedding and reception at The Guildhall was superb. The staff were extremely professional and managed to be both attentative and discreet in carrying our their duties.
Compliments must go to the caterers as so many of our guests commented on the high quality and presentation of the food.
We will certainly recommend this venue to all our friends and family as we really had a super day.
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