Established under Royal Charter from Edward VI in 1552, the Society of Merchant Venturers focuses on enhancing the quality of life for the people of Bristol, currently providing care and accommodation to more than 1,000 elderly residents in the city, and helping towards the education of over 2,000 of their younger fellow-citizens.
Over the centuries, the Merchant Venturers have been extremely involved in Bristol’s ongoing prosperity. From the outset of the 17th until the early 19th century, the Society managed Bristol’s harbour, and during the 1820s, members were heavily involved in setting up Brunel's Great Western Railway and Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Constructed in 1868, this magnificent Grade II-listed mansion offers an elegant and flexible location for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the city.
The Dining Room - Merchant Venturers' exquisite dining room can seat anything from 20 to 100 guests, and has even hosted royalty in the past.
The Reception Room - This grand room, which can accommodate 120 standing or 80 seated, is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or for an evening reception. Light and airy, the room is beautifully decorated with two stunning chandeliers and a wealth of fine oil paintings.
The Committee Room - Located on the first floor of Merchants' Hall, this enchanting room offers a perfect setting for intimate meals of up to 20 people.
The Terrace and Garden - The Merchants' Hall gardens provide a perfect backdrop for picturesque wedding photographs and summer cocktail parties.
The entire venue can be hired exclusively, or specific rooms can be booked for more intimate celebrations. Included in the hire charge is your own dedicated butler, and a doorman is available to meet and greet your guests on request.