Location: Bristol
Venues Merchant Venturers

Merchant Venturers

Distance from the centre of Bristol: 1.02 miles
Merchant Venturers
  • An elegant and stylish 19th-century mansion in Clifton, Bristol
  • Grand civil marriage or partnership ceremonies and receptions of up to 100 guests
  • Paramount service from an immaculately-presented butler and footman
  • Exceptional catering service
  • Well-maintained grounds, ideal for drinks receptions and wedding photographs

Situated along The Promenade in Clifton, a gentle walk from the iconic Suspension Bridge, unique and immersed in Bristol's history, Merchants' Hall is one of the city's most prestigious venues. This magnificent Grade II-listed period mansion house is licensed for the conduct of civil marriage ceremonies, and presents a selection of grand reception rooms ideal for hosting exquisite wedding celebrations, as well as beautifully landscaped grounds which are absolutely perfect for capturing scenic, atmospheric photographs.

The venue is extremely flexible, and whether you are planning a traditional, vintage-inspired or contemporary celebration, skilled professional staff will work with your ideas to create a day every bit as unique and individual as you are. An experienced, immaculately-presented butler will be on hand throughout the day to cater for your every need, and will offer support and advice throughout your wedding planning process.

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About

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.

Catering

Merchant Venturers work in partnership with two exceptional catering companies to provide wedding parties with an unforgettable dining experience.

Fosters Event Catering - With over 50 years' catering experience to draw on, the team from Fosters Catering create mouthwatering cuisine tailored to meet your personal tastes and dietary requirements.

Parsnip Mash - This innovative catering company design interesting menus that are tailored to your preferences. Parsnip Mash use quality, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to create an unforgettably delicious wedding breakfast.

Special Offers

Merchant Venturers currently offer discounted prices for mid-week weddings. Send Helen an enquiry to find out more!

Address
Merchants' Hall
The Promenade
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 3NH

What our customers say

  • Gail and Thomas

    We wanted to have our wedding somewhere elegant and different. When we went to visit Merchant’s Hall we were really impressed. It provided a great venue with plenty of historic interest for our guests.

  • Gemma and Sam

    Merchant’s Hall was the perfect venue, the garden party was exactly as we had imagined and the “wows” at the dining room were endless.

  • Sarah and Will

    We fell in love with Merchant’s Hall as soon as we looked around – the pictures on the website really don’t do it justice. It’s so beautiful but has an intimate and really special atmosphere.

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