Hire Oxford Town Hall Main Hall

Oxford Town Hall, Main Hall

St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BX

92% would book it again
Typically responds within 14 hrs
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Capacity and Layout

240 - 600

Boardroom

Boardroom

-

Classroom

Classroom

-

Cabaret

Cabaret

300

Theatre

Theatre

500

Restaurant

Restaurant

240

Open space

Open space

600

Amenities

Wifi

Audiovisual

  • Sound System
  • Microphone
  • Projector & Screen
  • Flipchart

Audiovisual

Parking

  • Offsite
  • Paid

Parking available

Parking

Public transport

10 minute walk from rail station; bus stops opposite the venue

Public transport

Catering arrangements

  • Internal caterer
  • External catering permitted

Catering available

Catering facilities

  • Professional kitchen

Tea / coffee / water

  • Paid

Refreshments available

Alcohol

  • Bring your own, corkage

Alcohol packages available

Catering

Breakout rooms

12

Extra space / Overnight

Disabled access

Air conditioning

Lectern

Stage

Cloakroom

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Ratings & Reviews

Luke Rand

May 22nd, 2021

Really good venue for live music.

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Walgon M

July 27th, 2021

Nice building with museums 5 star

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MD Sourav Islam (রাব্বি)

June 24th, 2021

Oxford's guildhall was created by substantially repairing or rebuilding a house on the current site in about 1292. It was replaced by a new building, designed by Isaac Ware in the Italianate style in 1752. In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site. The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design. The 1752 building was demolished in 1893. Hare's new building included new premises for Oxford's Crown and County Courts, central public library and police station as well as the city council. The Prince of Wales opened the new building in May 1897, about a month before the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. University of Oxford undergraduates were expected to mount a large demonstration for the opening, so a detachment of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch was deployed to reinforce the small Oxford City Police force. The Metropolitan officers were unused to Oxford undergraduates, and considered the boisterous crowd a danger. The officers attacked the crowd with batons, causing several serious injuries. The crowd reciprocated, unhorsing one officer and trampling him. A young law don, FE Smith, who had taken no part in the violence, saw police mishandling his college servant. Smith went to rescue his servant but was arrested. He became the first prisoner in one of the cells of the new police station in the new Town Hall. Smith was charged with obstructing police officers in the execution of their duty, but at his trial the young lawyer was found not guilty. The police station was at the rear in Blue Boar Street. It was completed later than the rest of the building, but the Oxford City Police force was able to move there from its former station in Kemp Hall by the turn of the century. The City Council was accused of greatly exceeding the budget it set for the building project. In 1905 Henry Taunt published a leaflet in which he stated that the building was meant to cost £47,000 but ended up costing £100,000. In the First World War the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital. From 1916 it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria. Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate's in 1936 and the central public library moved to new facilities at Westgate Centre in Queen Street which were completed in 1972. The town hall was the headquarters of the county borough for much of the 20th century and remained the seat of government after Oxford City Council was formed in 1974.

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Munna Dhabak

July 31st, 2021

Nice venue for formal events; especially the CAMRA ale and cider festival!

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Anca Onciul

August 8th, 2021

Brilliant venue for a wedding. Very good facilities and helpful staff

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Hire Oxford Town Hall Main Hall

Oxford Town Hall, Main Hall

St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BX

92% would book it again
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