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Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall

With an enviable city centre location, Portsmouth Guildhall has undergone a recent transformation to become one of Hampshire’s top venues for events of all kinds, from arts and culture, weddings and private celebrations, to exhibitions and corporate gatherings of all sizes. Portsmouth Guildhall has 10 fabulous meeting rooms so there’s bound to be one that is just what you’re looking for. Varying in size, there are spaces perfect for conferences, exhibitions, presentations, seminars, training sessions, executive meetings, buffet receptions and private dining.

The Main Auditorium is a huge room with capacity for just over 2,000 people in theatre style, 1,000 for a reception, or 420 in cabaret or dinner layout. The Freda Swain Business Lounge, with its decorative ceiling and quirky furnishings is ideal for a reception for 200 guests, whilst the light and airy elegance of the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Room, with admirable original features, makes it a sophisticated venue for events for up to 120 people in theatre style. On the ground floor, The Harlequin has a private bar and seats 150 in theatre and buffet set up, or 180 guests for a reception; or opt for The Portsmouth Room - filled with natural light and with room for 120 in theatre style or 150 for a reception. The Zodiac Gallery is something else - home to a stunning acid stained glass mural – the largest in the world in fact, so a real talking point, and here you can host a reception for 200 people or an event in theatre style configuration for 120. Meeting Room 1 has space for 8-40 delegates, whilst the slightly smaller Meeting Room 2 can accommodate 5-30. The Solent is perfect for those more intimate executive meetings, seating up to 8 people in a cheerful contemporary setting.

The team at Portsmouth Guildhall have heaps of experience and are very adaptable, and can be relied on to ensure your business event runs without a hitch – just leave it to them – the catering, the décor, flowers, and whatever else you want for your corporate function. AV equipment can be set up to suit your event, with packages available to include projectors, screens, PA systems and microphones. Food comes to you via the professional in-house team, with a range of menu options and all special diets catered for.

Right on Guildhall Square, Portsmouth Guildhall is located within five minutes walk of city car parks and the railway station.

Venue Portsmouth Guildhall
Capacity 2,000 guests
Address Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2AB
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Packages & Offers (3)

Portsmouth Guildhall - CHRISTMAS PARTIES

CHRISTMAS PARTIES

  • Guests: 300 max
  • Price: from £39.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    MAIN AUDITORIUM MASQUERADE PACKAGE
    The fabulous night starts with a stunning entrance through the Royal Bronze doors on the Guildhall steps with a Prosecco drinks reception in our historic lounges. Be sure to make the most of our Photo Mirror & complimentary cloakroom whilst you get in the party spirit! You and your guests will then be invited down to the Main Auditorium, where our compere for the evening will entertain you and you’ll be served a delicious festive 3 course meal, then dance the night away to our house DJ. Be sure to bring your best Masquerade masks & your loudest teammates to be in with a chance of winning one of our competitions!

    LORD MAYOR'S BANQUETING ROOM MASQUERADE PACKAGE
    These party nights may be smaller, but certainly still full of festive fun! The night begins with your grand entrance through the Royal Bronze doors on the Guildhall steps, before heading to the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Room for your prosecco drinks reception! Enjoy a delicious festive 3 course meal, then dance the night away to our house DJ.

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Portsmouth Guildhall - Day Delegate Rate

Day Delegate Rate

  • Guests: 2000 max
  • Price: from £25.00 + vat per person
  • Description & Details

    Meeting Room Hire
    3 servings of tea and coffee
    Lunch choice
    AV Equipment

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Portsmouth Guildhall - Late Availability

Late Availability

  • Guests: 30 max
  • Price: from £10.00 per person
  • Description & Details

    We have an offer on our Meeting Rooms for all bookings taking place within the next 7 days..........

    If you are looking to book a last minute space for your meeting we are offering a special rate on our Meeting Rooms located on the 3rd floor. You can book the spaces on an hourly rate giving you flexibility to your booking and a fantastic rate!

    Meeting Room 1 - £15 + vat per hour
    Meeting Room 2 - £10 + vat per hour
    The rate includes Wifi and use of a projector & screen.

    Available on new bookings only. All bookings must take place within 7 days of the booking.
    T&Cs apply. Please contact us for more details and availability,

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Please note that advertised packages are guideline prices and subject to availability and number of guests attending.

Rooms & Event Spaces (9)

Main Hall - Portsmouth Guildhall

Main Hall

  • Max Capacity: 2009
  • Dimensions: L:29.00m x W:18.00m x H:13.00m
  • Full Details

    The Main Auditorium is perfect for large-scale events.

    A flexible space with the wow factor, the Main Auditorium can be dressed to fit all types of event from large exhibitions and conferences to dinners and parties.

    Easily accessible on the ground floor, the space has its own stage, draping and curtains with options to screen off sections if required.

    Capacity

    • Dinner & Dance: 380
    • Formal Dining: 420
    • Cabaret: 336
    • Theatre: 2009
    • Classroom: 300
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The Guildhall Studio - Portsmouth Guildhall

The Guildhall Studio

  • Max Capacity: 210
  • Dimensions: L:14.00m x W:12.00m x H:5.00m
  • Full Details

    Following a £130,000 investment, the Guildhall Studio is now available for conferences, meetings, dinners and team building for up to 170 delegates seated or 210 standing reception.
    The accessible ground floor Studio benefits from its own entrance, full AV and tech support, highly acclaimed on site catering and can be set in traditional or contemporary formats.

    Capacity

    • Dinner & Dance: 80
    • Formal Dining: 100
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 30
    • Cabaret: 70
    • Theatre: 150
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Freda Swain Lounge - Portsmouth Guildhall

Freda Swain Lounge

  • Max Capacity: 200
  • Dimensions: L:16.00m x W:10.00m x H:4.00m
  • Full Details

    Adjacent to the Zodiac Gallery, this charming space has floor to ceiling windows, a bar and stunning views across Guildhall Square.
    Located on the first floor, the Freda Swain Lounge is perfect as a meeting, dining or break out space.

    Capacity

    • Formal Dining: 80
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 30
    • Cabaret: 60
    • Theatre: 90
    • Classroom: 50
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Zodiac Gallery - Portsmouth Guildhall

Zodiac Gallery

  • Max Capacity: 200
  • Dimensions: L:16.00m x W:10.00m x H:4.00m
  • Full Details

    Featuring the largest acid-stained glass mural in the world, this exquisite space offers something a little different for your event.
    Located on the first floor overlooking Guildhall Square, the Zodiac Gallery is perfect as a meeting, dining or break out space.

    Capacity

    • Formal Dining: 80
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 30
    • Cabaret: 60
    • Theatre: 90
    • Classroom: 50
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Portsmouth Room - Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Room

  • Max Capacity: 150
  • Dimensions: L:15.60m x W:10.30m x H:4.00m
  • Full Details

    An elegant, light-filled space with iconic décor that creates a stunning backdrop to any event.
    Located on the first floor, the Portsmouth Room is perfect for conferences, meetings, team building events and dinners and is complete with its own bar and lounge area.

    Capacity

    • Dinner & Dance: 60
    • Formal Dining: 80
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 40
    • Cabaret: 64
    • Theatre: 120
    • U-Shape: 25
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Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Hall - Portsmouth Guildhall

Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Hall

  • Max Capacity: 110
  • Dimensions: L:15.50m x W:12.30m x H:5.50m
  • Full Details

    Rich in history, this decadent room with high ceilings and original features is bathed in natural light from its grand windows.

    Located on the second floor, the Banqueting Room offers grandeur fit for the Lord Mayor and is ideal for conferences, meetings and dinners.

    Capacity

    • Dinner & Dance: 80
    • Formal Dining: 100
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 40
    • Cabaret: 66
    • Theatre: 110
    • U-Shape: 30
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Meeting Room 1 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Meeting Room 1

  • Max Capacity: 40
  • Dimensions: L:9.30m x W:7.40m x H:3.00m
  • Full Details

    A bright, spacious and airy room situated on the third floor with views of the iconic clock tower.
    Filled with natural daylight this is a perfect space in the heart of the city for meetings and training sessions. Comes with a projector & screen in the room.

    Capacity

    • Meeting / Boardroom: 25
    • Cabaret: 25
    • Theatre: 40
    • Classroom: 24
    • U-Shape: 20
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Meeting Room 2 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Meeting Room 2

  • Max Capacity: 30
  • Dimensions: L:6.00m x W:7.00m x H:3.00m
  • Full Details

    Adjacent to Meeting Room 1 on the 3rd floor, this smaller meeting room also includes a screen and
    projector. Bright and airy, Meeting Room 2 is the perfect space for a more intimate meeting.

    Capacity

    • Meeting / Boardroom: 20
    • Cabaret: 16
    • Theatre: 30
    • Classroom: 16
    • U-Shape: 12
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The Solent Suite - Portsmouth Guildhall

The Solent Suite

  • Max Capacity: 6
  • Dimensions: L:3.00m x W:5.00m x H:4.00m
  • Full Details

    An elegant, light-filled suite with relaxed furniture and décor offering a five star effect is available for corporate hospitality, interviews and small meetings.
    Located on the first floor of Portsmouth Guildhall in the heart of the city.

    Capacity

    • Meeting / Boardroom: 6
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Venue Features (9)

  • AV Equipment
  • Disability Access
  • In-house Catering
  • Late Licence
  • Licensed Bar
  • Local Public Transport
  • Music Licence
  • Wedding License
  • Wi-Fi Access