Venues The University of Winchester
The University of Winchester
  • Locations available on the stunning Winchester campus
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the city
  • A prizewinning menu available
  • Opt for Victorian style or completely modern rooms
  • Weddings available for bookings during the summer
  • There is a number of bars available for private hire
  • Rooms are flexible and easily redecorated
  • Stunning stained glass windows on the main campus

With two different locations on offer, this venue brings your wedding to life with the option of awe inspiring reconstructed Victorian decoration something more spacious, abstract and contemporary.

The team guarantee their undivided attention as they hold only one wedding per day, and can offer a range of catered menus. The University is available for wedding hire during the summer holidays, though they are able to accommodate receptions throughout the year.


With a history stretching back as far as 1840 the building officially became the University of Winchester in 2004. The University moto 'Wisdom-ond-lar' stems from old English and means Wisdom and Knowledge.


Shakespeare room

This grand room full of dark polished oak panels, beams, and restored wooden parquet floor. With its traditional Victorian architecture, raised gallery and original fireplace the room is ready to transform every day into a fairy tale.

Capacity - 110 Guests

Dining Room

With its glass walls, lightly painted walls and abstract ceiling the Dining Room has the contemporary feel of modern art. The wide open space and sporadically coloured windows bring a fresh take to the wedding scene, and give the room its own, unique, charm.

Capacity - 250 Guests

West Downs 2

Formerly known as 'The Chapel', West Downs maintains a heavy Victorian influence. The gorgeous arched wooden ceiling, numerous windows and triangular overhang bring an almost pastoral feel, and invoke a more traditional, religious ceremony.

Capacity 50 - 100 Guests

Link Gallery

Light and spacious, the room is perfect for a sleek and sophisticated drinks reception. The artwork along the walls offers a unique and interesting focal point to the room's décor. On sunny days this room spills out onto the gardened terrace for a perfect summer evening.

The Vault

For a truly modern reception in an award-winning venue that's all about the technology, The Vault is perfect. With its cutting edge lighting and sound system, stage and two bars the Vault is an ideal place to keep the wedding party going all night.


The University offers a range of menus, which emphasise the importance of organic, free-range and ethically sourced ingredients. Their 2016 wedding menu was awarded the Soil Association's 'food for life' silver award.


Their state of the art sound system is as easy as plugging in an I-pod, so you're assured to have your favourite music playing on your special day. However, if you're looking for something more special, the University choir may be available, and their full harmony choir has a range of classical to contemporary pieces.

If you're interested in learning more about this unique wedding venue, head over to their website or get in touch using the contact buttons on this listing.

The University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
SO22 4NR


  • Hayley and Paul

    'Our guests loved the venue and food, and the venue made for a fabulous wedding'

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