Your event, your way Historical Venue In The Heart Of Bury St Edmunds

Whether you’re looking for a small meeting room for fewer than 20 people or a conference venue for up to 150, space for a celebration or exhibition, we have a number of rooms and hire packages to suit your needs.

Banqueting Hall

This large elegant Georgian room has a magnificent marble fireplace and large windows providing plenty of natural light. Perfect for photographs of your special occasion, the chandeliers add a touch of class and make everything sparkle.

Perfect for: Exhibitions, functions, celebrations, sit-down or buffet meals.

Maximum capacity: 150 Guests

Court Room

The oak-panelled room is hung with historic portraits. It has a raised dais and judges’ bench at one end and a wooden floor.

Perfect for: lectures, performances, exhibitions, celebrations, and meetings.

Maximum capacity: 80 Guests

If you are planning a large party, why not have both the Banqueting Hall and Court room when capacity is 200, eat in the Banqueting and dance the night away in the Court Room with the band or DJ up on the stage.

Tudor Kitchen

With a more informal atmosphere, this historic space comes with a kitchenette. It can be set up for small meetings or receptions and opens directly onto the Courtyard with access to the garden.

Perfect for: small meetings or workshops.

Maximum capacity: 35 Guests

Catering Kitchen

A fully equipped modern catering kitchen.

Royal Observer Corps Operations Room

The Room is the only surviving Royal Observer Corps Operations Room in the country. It served as the nerve centre to track enemy aircraft during WWII (1939-1945). The room was reconstructed to show the ‘clock that saved Britain’, the wall chart and plotting table. It is a small space with an incredible story to tell.

Perfect For: Micro Weddings in a unique space or for private guided tours.

Maximum capacity: 20 Guests

Robing Room

Used in the past for the Mayor and other dignitaries of the town to change into their ceremonial robes, this cosy space is now available for meetings or Micro wedding ceremonies.


To the rear of the building, there is a paved courtyard leading to the wonderful private walled gardens. The gardens are directly accessible from the Court Room or from the rear lobby. The octagonal wooden gazebo offers protection from the weather (both sun or rain) and is a perfect spot to enjoy views of our organic English cottage garden.

“Thank you very much for arranging our wonderful guided tour of the Guildhall which we found extremely interesting and informative…We enjoyed seeing the beautiful gardens, the Operations Room…and the courtroom, and gaining a clearer understanding of the history of the town.”

Mr F – July 2023

“Thank you from us all for all of your help and support in hosting not one, but two Community Awards!  You have been fantastic to deal with, and incredibly helpful.  It really has felt like a great team effort!”

J Tewson, Head of New Business Development, IIiffe Media. – July 2023

“I am a Botanical Artist and recently mounted a major exhibition of my work at the Guildhall. This beautiful building lends itself perfectly as a Gallery space. Advertising is key to a successful exhibition. The Guildhall staff provided excellent wider publicity for the event.”

Reinhild Raistrick SBA Fellow – July 2023

“Thank you for everything you did to ensure our…event was such a success. You went out of your way to help, and took so much trouble with everything from start to finish.”

St. JA – June 2023

“We had a memorable evening in a beautiful place with loving family and friends.”

Mr R – August 2022

“Bury Abbey Rotary Club used the Guildhall as the venue for evening bringing together local charities and supporters. The town centre location was ideal and the venue was perfect, with the two halls enabling us to split the evening with ease. The beautiful garden was a lovely bonus enabling us to host pre-event drinks. The staff at the Guildhall made everything so easy for us”

Alan Brown – Head of Community Service Bury Abbey Rotary Club – August 2023

“In planning our Bury Office Christmas party we were looking for a venue that we could make our own for the evening, and which was different to the usual hotel offering. Having tried several different venues, in 2022 we settled on the Guildhall. Jill and her team were most helpful in helping us plan the event. The venue is both stylish and flexible, and so successful was the evening that we are booked to return for 2023.”

Ashtons Legal LLP – August 2023

More about our weddings Frequently asked questions

What is included in the room hire?

We will set up the tables and chairs as you request within the hire charge. For evening bookings a member of Guildhall staff will be present on site throughout your stay. We can supply a screen, projector and flipchart/whiteboard if required.

Are hotels within walking distance of the Guildhall?

There is an excellent selection of local hotels, B&Bs and Airbnb’s within walking distance as the Guildhall is situated in the heart of the Medieval Grid and town centre.

Do you have a list of recommended suppliers and caterers?

We are happy to recommend a selection of local suppliers.

Do I need public liability insurance?

Yes. For some events we will request public liability insurance and caterers must provide it.

Can you provide a bar?

Yes. We can provide a fully stocked and staffed bar. Please ask for further details.