Venues Colchester Town Hall
Colchester Town Hall
  • Beautiful wedding venue in the centre of Colchester
  • Stunning artwork and historic architecture
  • Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies
  • Grand reception suites for lavish parties
  • Four rooms for ceremonies of all sizes
  • Freedom to bring in external caterers
  • No corkage fees charged
  • Flowers and red carpet arrival included

The cultural and historic hub of Colchester in Essex was initially established as the capital of Roman Britain around 50 AD and claims to be the nation's oldest town. For wedding ceremonies and receptions of real character, Colchester Town Hall offers a beautiful backdrop awash with fascinating tales dating from the Boudicca Revolt through the Saxon era up till the present day.

With various rooms licensed to host civil ceremonies of all sizes, and a splendid reception suite to stage your wedding breakfast and evening reception, Colchester Town Hall offers plenty of options for a marvellous celebration. The wedding team offer you the flexibility to introduce external caterers and a bar service, and they do not levy a corkage charge on drinks.


The first town hall was built in 1160, but the present Grade I-listed edifice was designed in late Victorian Baroque style in 1897. The building, with a 164-foot clock tower, was finished in 1902. It initially accommodated the court house, the jail and municipal council offices. It is embellished with many pictures documenting the town's elaborate history, including a painted ceiling which depicts the months of the year and stained glass windows that narrate the dramatic tale of Roman Colchester.


Moot Hall

This large room showcases splendid architecture including a beautiful ceiling and columns. At the entrance doors, stained glass windows depicting Colchester's history since 1066 are featured. It is licensed to host large civil ceremonies, and can also be used for a wedding breakfast and evening reception.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 300 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 to 200 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests

Grand Jury Room

The oil paintings, chandeliers and mayoral regalia make this stunning room perfect for charming ceremonies and drinks receptions, but it can also host a smaller wedding breakfast.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 85 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 85 Guests

The Council Chamber

This circular chamber also boasts many beautiful paintings, showcasing a decorated ceiling representing the months and seasons of the year, and is licensed to host civil ceremonies.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 85 Guests

Mayor's Parlour And Balcony

This discreet and intimate room above Colchester High Street is perfect for photos and smaller ceremonies. It must be hired in conjunction either with the Grand Jury Room (which makes it the Mayoral Suite) or alternatively with The Council Chamber.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 10 Guests

All hirings are on a room-only basis, although each ceremony will include a red carpet entrance, separate processional area for the bride, plus a fresh cream posy on the registrar's desk.

The building has great accessibility, with disabled parking and lifts to all floors. It also has disabled toilets and baby facilities.

Catering And Accommodation

Colchester Town Hall allows you the freedom to introduce your own catering and bar service, so feel free to include whatever cuisine you wish. They do not levy any alcohol corkage fees.

There are several hotels within walking distance of the venue, and many more in and around Colchester. The central location of the Town Hall means that transport links are excellent, with regular trains to London or Norwich, and to Stansted Airport.

Colchester Town Hall Wedding Showcase

Experience the ambience of a wedding at Colchester Town Hall in ornate surroundings at the Colchester Town Hall Wedding Showcase!

  • 11am-3pm
  • Sunday 23 October 2016, free admission

To book this venue, click on the 'Email this business' tab or call the number above and quote The Wedding Secret.

Colchester Town Hall
High Street


  • Emily-Rose and Arose - 04/2016

    It was very special for us to have our ceremony at Colchester Town Hall. From our flat we can see the bell tower of the Town Hall and so it is a special place for us as we get to see the place we got married every day! From the very start the help we got from the Town Hall team was great; they were friendly and put us at ease at what can be a very stressful time when planning a wedding. All our guests commented what a lovely venue it was and what character the Mayor's Parlour has. We also had access to the balcony which was the icing on the cake and gave my husband and I a valuable brief period together after the ceremony alone for photos before rushing off for the reception.

  • Rose and Ed - 05/2016

    We were really looked after at the Town Hall when we had our wedding ceremony there. The team were really helpful in helping us prepare all the little details of the ceremony, from music and flowers, to the legalities and timings. On the actual day we were both so nervous, more than we had anticipated, but the staff put us at ease and were really helpful throughout. All of our guests commented on the beautiful Council Chamber where we got married - it had all the unique beauty of a church wedding but without the religious connotations, plus a really intimate setting for our 65 guests. A day we will never forget!

  • Lisa and Ashley - 04/2016

    The inside of Colchester Town Hall is beautiful, and I love all the detail in there. The rooms are big and the staircases are amazing. From the moment we booked the wedding, through to our actual wedding day, the staff were amazing. They were always happy to assist us where needed and answer my long list of questions. The Town Hall is also really reasonably priced for such a picturesque venue. My wedding day was a day to remember and all our guests commented on how beautiful the town hall was. I would recommend Colchester Town Hall to anyone.

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