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
Booking Enquiries 0845 862 6677
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Packages & Offers (2)

Portsmouth Guildhall - CHRISTMAS PARTIES


  • Guests: 500 max
  • Price: from £29.95 per person
  • Description & Details

    Arrival Drink
    Three course dinner
    Live entertainment

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Portsmouth Guildhall - Day Delegate Rate

Day Delegate Rate

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

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

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

Rooms & Event Spaces (7)

Main Hall - Portsmouth Guildhall

Main Hall

  • Max Capacity: 2009
  • Full Details

    Perfect for any large scale events from conferences to dinner dances, the Main Auditorium is based on the ground floor, with its own stage, draping and curtains, the Main Auditorium can be shrunk to fit an intimate dinner or opened up for a large exhibition space. Hire £3,300 plus vat Catering and drinks additional


    • Reception: 2009
    • Dinner & Dance: 500
    • Formal Dining: 564
    • Theatre: 2009
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The Harlequin Room - Portsmouth Guildhall

The Harlequin Room

  • Max Capacity: 150
  • Full Details

    Based on the ground floor of Portsmouth Guildhall, this versatile room is perfect for meetings or dinners and also boasts its own bar. With natural daylight throughout and all original features the room provides a great sense of history. Connecting to the Ground Floor Foyer areas, the Harlequin Room provides suitable break out spaces or syndicate rooms. Full Day £360 + VAT Half Day £260 + VAT Catering is additional


    • Reception: 150
    • Formal Dining: 120
    • Cabaret: 100
    • Theatre: 150
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Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Hall - Portsmouth Guildhall

Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Hall

  • Max Capacity: 120
  • Full Details

    Based in the Lord Mayors quarters, this high ceiling room offers natural daylight with a sense of grandeur. Whether you are booking a conference or a dinner this room can cater for all; providing a wow factor to any event. Full Day £400 + VAT Half Day £300 + VAT


    • Reception: 120
    • Formal Dining: 1210
    • Theatre: 120
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Portsmouth Room - Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Room

  • Max Capacity: 120
  • Full Details

    Newly refurbished room situated on the first floor of Portsmouth Guildhall and with large windows throughout, and own bar and lounge area. 120 x Theatre style Portsmouth Room Hire Full Day £300 + VAT Half Day £200 + VAT


    • Reception: 120
    • Formal Dining: 100
    • Cabaret: 84
    • Theatre: 120
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Meeting Room 1 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Meeting Room 1

  • Max Capacity: 30
  • Full Details

    Includes a screen and projector, lots of natural daylight, high ceilings, bright, spacious and airy room for meetings. Full Day £140 + VAT


    • Reception: 30
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 30
    • Theatre: 30
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Meeting Room 2 - Portsmouth Guildhall

Meeting Room 2

  • Max Capacity: 25
  • Full Details

    Adjoining 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. Full Day rate £130 + VAT Half Day £70 + VAT Catering additional


    • Reception: 25
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 20
    • Cabaret: 25
    • Theatre: 20
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The Solent Suite - Portsmouth Guildhall

The Solent Suite

  • Max Capacity: 8
  • Full Details

    This small suite has been newly refurbished to offer VIP treatment on show nights, and is now available to hire. Perfect for small meetings or interviews, the relaxed furniture and décor gives a 5 star effect. Full Day £100 + VAT Half Day £50 + VAT


    • Reception: 8
    • Meeting / Boardroom: 8
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Venue Features (8)

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