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Last update: November 2023

About The University of Manchester

Based around Oxford Road in Manchester City Centre, The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s most prestigious and well-known institutions, offers an array of historic and iconic venues on the University campus that provide a truly inspiring backdrops to a memorable wedding celebration.

Our Venues

Weddings at The University of Manchester make use of some unrivalled spaces at the University. All of the venues are located around the Old Quadrangle at the heart of the campus, dating back to 1873 and designed by Alfred and Paul Waterhouse – the same architect to design Manchester Town Hall. These beautifully built spaces are steeped in history, original design and artefacts to help create some beautiful spaces to enjoy on your special day.

All our venues are licenced, allowing you to host your entire day with us and concentrate on enjoying all the celebrations.

Our venues include:

  • Whitworth Council Chamber – an historic room steeped in institutional history.
  • Christie’s Bistro – our old library, full or original books and portraits of previous Vice-Chancellors
  • Manchester Museum – a unique backdrop for your celebrations, including having your ceremony under the watchful gaze of Stan, the magnificent T-Rex skeleton.
  • Whitworth Hall – our great hall used for graduations and ceremonial events throughout the year.

Our Team

Our highly experienced wedding team will assist you in the planning of your special day, from your first enquiry right through to the departure of the very last guest. From a grand, large scale affair to an intimate ceremony followed by drinks, the team are happy to accommodate your wishes.

Service is paramount to us, attention to detail and personal touches are second nature – it’s what we’ve built a reputation on. Our dedicated and experienced Hospitality and Events team are on had every step of the way ensuring peace of mind with each detail, so that your day is everything you ever dreamed of.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
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:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Weddings at The University of Manchester

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99% recommend it
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Johnson-Williams Sent on 14/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful venue, for a memorable day that went so smoothly!

Adam & Charlotte were a delight to be in communications with from start to finish. During the planning, they were always so clear and organised, which kept us relaxed and assured through the whole journey. They had a tried and tested schedule for the day so the guests & the good vibes flowed smoothly from each location. And had so much advice from previous weddings, it made planning a breeze. Charlotte and Adam were always quick to respond to any questions we had, and accommodated all our requests and helped make our day as bespoke to us as possible.

The wedding day went without a hitch, it was evident that Adam, Charlotte and all the staff involved, were working so hard and to a top tier standard. They all moved with friendly professionalism and grace, like swans, they were paddling so hard underwater, but never let it show.

We cannot thank you all enough for the hard work everyone put in. It was so greatly appreciated and honestly you made it the most perfect day for us.

Forever grateful,
Amy & Ian
Becky G. Sent on 07/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great from start to finish

From our first meeting with the Events team to the days afterwards we really couldn't of asked for more. The venue is absolutely stunning, the food was fantastic all our guests raved about the beef and the sticky toffee pudding! The staff we all so friendly and looked after all our guests amazingly. Nothing was too much trouble for the team they really were superb and so well organised. We cannot reccomended the venue and team enough, if you are considering it as a potential venue DO IT! You won't be disappointed. Thanks for everything Becky and Darren x
Wednesday V. Sent on 28/05/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

The best day of our lives 💕

After having to postpone our wedding for several years due to Covid and the museum refurbishments, we can definitely say that the wait was worth it!
Charlotte was absolutely fantastic and was always at the end of the phone/email if we needed her during the planning process, and helped make sure the day went by without a hitch!
The museum itself is the most amazing setting for such an important day, and after having one of our first dates at the museum, many years ago, we couldn't have pictured getting married anywhere else.
My only gripe, and the reason I haven't given 5 stars for quality of service, is the fact that the museum have nothing set up/available for playing music on the day. We had to connect to the speaker system using Bluetooth, and there wasn't any member of museum staff available to be control of the music, so my MoH ended up having to control the music from her phone for the entire ceremony and wedding breakfast.
Having your bridal party playing music from their phone whilst walking down the aisle really isn't ideal - having a member of staff available to control the music would have made this a 5 star experience all round!
Honor H. Sent on 03/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience at the University of Manchester

From start to finish our experience getting married at the University of Manchester was fantastic. The team were very responsive throughout the planning process and accommodating with regards to decor and deliveries leading up to the day. Charlotte in particular was a star ensuring that details were ironed out in the lead up to the wedding and that things ran perfectly on the day. The venue is amazing and our guests, were blown away by how beautiful it was and how well suited each part of the venue was to different elements of the day. Could not recommend this venue highly enough. Thank you Charlotte and Adam for making our day stress free and so so enjoyable!
Bryn J. Sent on 15/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day!

Thank you University of Manchester for our perfect wedding day!

Unfortunately the covid pandemic hit our original date and can honestly say the team especially Adam Woof was amazing at helping us reorganise!

Adam took over as our support and honestly was amazing throughout. From liasing, arranging dates for deliveries, food tastings, venue previews and walkrounds, everything felt personalised to us.

We had our ceremony in the council chamber and breakfast & receptions in Christie's Bistro. The location was exactly what we were looking for and in comparison to other venues was far less expensive for the great service and facilities!

The food from the canopes, breakfast and evening buffet offered great variety and quality (tasted amazing too) and offered veggie/vegan options. Great variety of drinks!

We and the wedding party stayed at the Hyatt Regency, 5 minutes walk away, where the University hotel booking team got us a greatly discounted block booking for 25 rooms and a suite!

Adam was an amazing help and supported us to do some whacky things on our day, including a silent disco, which worked perfectly in the venue! On the day he was ever present, co-ordinating the team and ready to aid with tasks.

From entering the breakfast in a glass elevator, using the beautiful courtyard for reception and photos and access to some amazing spaces all added to our spectacle. The location is close to oxford road station, hotels and bus routes for guests.

Thank you again, we would definitely recommend the venue, facilities, personal touches, food and support to anyone!

Bryn and Samantha
Louise Sent on 19/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect Wedding Venue

We found Whitworth Hall by accident. I was actually looking for another venue on line and the University of Manchester link came up. We fell in love with the neo-gothic Hall and the old science library that is now Christie’s Bistro, straight away. Rebecca and Adam made the planning experience so easy, enjoyable and uncomplicated which lead to the most perfect wedding day. We had an August wedding and it poured down with rain….. But it didn’t matter one bit. The Hall was so spacious and there was plenty of room downstairs to wander without needing to be outside. We got the whole place to ourselves – the ceremony and breakfast was in the hall and we had the reception in Christie’s Bistro next door which was open all day and night for us. All our guests were so complementary of the venue, it is in such a convenient location with a variety of accommodation and train stations within a mile of the hall. Yet, for the whole day, it felt secluded, quiet and ‘ours’. The breakfast was delicious and the wine was incredible (We had many grateful comments regarding the wine!) We can’t thank the staff enough for the most incredible of wedding days. What a perfect venue, what kind, generous staff and what a location. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a relaxed feel yet enjoys architecture, books, history and fancies a little bit of ‘wow factor’ on their day. Thank you all who were involved, Lou and Mike
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