Venues Bristol Grammar School
Bristol Grammar School
  • Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Capacity of up to 380 seated guests
  • Largest first-floor hall in the UK
  • 19th-century, Grade II-listed Gothic building
  • Stunning 15 metre-high vaulted ceiling

The stunning Bristol Grammar School is found in Tyndall’s Park, an area to the north of the city centre on the edge of Clifton, which features a number of Bristol’s historic buildings.

Bristol Grammar School is one of the few venues in the area which can offer a space for up to 380 guests – whilst at the same time still being suitable for more modestly- sized events. Select from an approved list of caterers and table/chair providers, then plan the wedding of your dreams under the Great Hall’s breathtaking vaulted ceiling.


Bristol Grammar School, founded as early as 1532 by brothers Robert and Nicholas Thorne shortly after Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, was first sited in the Old St Bartholomew's Hospital, still to be found at the bottom of Christmas Steps.

The current Great Hall (where weddings take place), relocated in Tyndall’s Park, was constructed in the 19th century by the Bristol-based firm Foster and Wood – and the huge Gothic-style building is true testament to the cumulative history of the school!


This incredible space is believed to be Britain’s largest first-floor hall, and is capable of seating up to 380 guests for the wedding breakfast on your big day. This is why the building is popular for Asian weddings and other social events with over 100 guests.

As it’s a first-floor hall, you access it via a beautiful stone staircase – whose delicate ivory-painted handrail can be adorned to quite stunning effect with flowers and plants.

The dimensions of the room are 43m (140ft) long by 15m (50ft) wide, and 15m high.

It’s not just the hall’s sheer size that should be considered, but its atmosphere and lighting too! The range of beautiful Tudoresque windows create a surprisingly light and airy feel, quite unlike that of any hotel entertainment suite or other function room.

Look up from the windows to the impressive hammer-beam roof and buttresses – a magnificent sight to behold indeed. You can rest assured that the historical presence and ambience of the hall will wow all your guests and create a truly memorable event!


In the vein of ‘DIY’-style wedding venues, Bristol Grammar School offers you a blank canvas on which to paint the picture of your wedding. Catering, as well as organising tables and chairs etc. is the responsibility of the brides and grooms who choose to hire the Great Hall. Select from Bristol Grammar School’s list of approved suppliers – get in touch with Nadia or another member of the team to find out more about this.

Get in touch with Nadia or another member of the team at Bristol Grammar School: just click the green tab above or reveal the telephone number and give them a call.

Bristol Grammar School
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