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Clifton College

Clifton College

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Clifton College

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  • Choice of several reception spaces
  • Outdoor receptions on the immaculate Green
  • Available outside school term-time only (see this document for more information)
  • Reception-only venue - 180 guests
  • Blessings in the Chapel for couples recently married
  • Marriage services in the Chapel reserved for Old Cliftonians

A truly outstanding building in a truly outstanding setting, Clifton College is an idyllic, inspirational campus which offers a flexible range of options for celebrating your big day. Situated in the prestigious Merchants' Quarter in Clifton - described by many as nothing short of beautiful, and as 'Handsomest suburb in Europe' by celebrated poet John Betjeman - there are few prettier places in Bristol and indeed the South West.

Clifton College is a huge and beautiful venue - simultaneously ideal for large and small wedding receptions. You are welcome to utilise its extensive range of spaces, including the lovely outdoor Green and the impressive Grand Hall. From the very first moment that you enquire with the friendly and helpful team at Clifton College, you will feel you are in safe hands.


Clifton College is a highly successful and incredibly beautiful private co-educational boarding school which educates a range of young individuals from the age of 3 to 18.

Opened in 1862, the College's campus features a range of historic listed buildings and lovely outdoor spaces, making it the ideal backdrop to any wedding reception.

The College operates most of the year as a boarding school, so is available for hire only during the school holidays and half-terms. Couples and their guests will enjoy exclusive use of the school's impressive grounds during these times.

The Chapel

The marvellous 19th-century, Grade II*-listed Chapel is made available for marriage services only to ex-students of the college - although you are welcome to receive a blessing in this beautiful building if you have already conducted your actual wedding ceremony elsewhere.


The Cricket Pavilion

Located on the edge of the Green Close, this attractive, intimate building is perfect for smaller events. You are also welcome to utilise the Green, making the Cricket Pavilion ideal for sipping champagne on summery evenings. Many couples have even opted to forego the accustomed formality of a three-course meal, and decided instead to use the Pavilion and the Green's space to host a more relaxed, low-key wedding barbecue.

The Cricket Pavilion can seat up to 36 people within the building, and more if you utilise the outdoor space!

The Grand Hall

Also known as the 'Big School' Hall, this large Grade II-listed space features high ceilings, a series of beautiful church-like gabled dormer windows and a wooden-beamed, arched-braced roof. As one of Bristol's favourite wedding reception venues, this is where the majority of Clifton College's formal wedding breakfasts take place.

Newbolt Room and East Cloister

The Newbolt Room is named after the College's renowned 1930s headmaster, and is available as an intimate reception space on its own, or can be conjoined with the nearby East Cloister to accommodate up to 180 guests.

Maximum capacity - 180 guests

Abbots Leigh Sports Ground

The large Abbots Leigh building is situated away from the Clifton College campus, just over five minutes' drive from Clifton Village. This striking, Palladian-style house can accommodate up to 120 people for a wedding reception, and features its own outdoor grassy area for drinks receptions.

Maximum capacity - 120 guests


Clifton College employs its very own full-time in-house catering team, who are more than capable of creating and serving the most delectable and sumptuous cuisine for a large number of wedding guests.

Wedding reception dinners are most regularly served in Clifton College's star space, The Grand Hall, but alternative options for catering services extending to the venue's other buildings, namely The Cricket Pavilion and The Abbots Leigh Sports Ground, are open for discussion too.

These caterers are well-known for their creativity and enthusiasm, and fashion a wide variety of menus adaptable to meet individual clients' expectations and requirements. Get in touch with the team to find out more about wedding catering at Clifton College.

Clifton College
32 College Road


  • Caroline and Max - 13/08/2016

    Ben, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your work both on Saturday and also in the build up to our big day. You really have been great so thank you. We all had an absolute ball - it was the perfect day! The venue looked stunning, the food was fabulous and you and your team did amazing job. The service from your team was outstanding - thank you so much. Please pass on our thanks and compliments to the chef and all of the waiting team.

  • Jen and Mark - 23/07/2016

    Marzena, thank you so much for your help and support in the lead up to our special day. The venue was stunning and our Wedding was and your Team were fantastic. Thank you again.

  • Rhian and Marc - 16/07/2016

    'Marzena, thank you so much for all you did for us and making our wedding day so special. We had a fantastic wedding day and loved every second of it. You and your team were brilliant and we are very grateful.

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