Leicester’s Heritage Venues
Exchange your vows in the 14th century timber-framed Guildhall, next to Leicester Cathedral, set in the Greyfriars Conservation Area.
Host your ceremony and reception in the 18th century Belgrave Hall with period features and charming walled gardens.
Marry in the Regency elegance of New Walk, a picturesque setting, with your ceremony in the spectacular Victorian Art Gallery at
Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.
Celebrate your special day in the Victorian splendour of Abbey Pumping Station. A magnificent backdrop with beautifully decorated
beam engines and extensive grounds for your marquee reception.
These wonderful venues have a range of rooms available for civil ceremonies and receptions with our in house team ready to ensure
your wedding day is truly special, whether for 20 or 200 guests.
All our venues provide outstanding settings for wedding photographs and are perfect for couples seeking a truly individual and romantic location for their special day.
Each venue has an experienced team to help with the planning of your special day and will ensure you and your guests enjoy the occasion.
Weddings at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
Situated in the heart of the picturesque New Walk promenade, the museum and Art Gallery combines culture and history with panache and is home to exquisite collections of art, history and the natural world. This stunning former 18th-century proprietary school is the perfect location for a trendsetting occasion.
The Victorian Art Gallery has been restored to its full glory and showcases the finest of Leicester's rich art collections. The exhibition displays major 16th - 19th century British and European artists, including Joseph Mallord, William Turner, Lord Leighton, Edgar Degas and Michael Sweerts.
The gallery offers a spectacular setting for ceremonies for up to 180 guests. A magical atmosphere can be created for you and your guests by hiring our Steinway grand piano. You can also exchange your vows in the popular Dinosaur and Fossil Galleries – delightful for adults and children. After your ceremony, indulge your guests with a drinks reception in the grandeur of the Lord Mayor's Room or step outside into the picturesque New Walk and Museum Square, the perfect backdrop for photographs.
Weddings at Leicester Guildhall
Leicester's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving timber framed medieval halls in England and has been one of the city's premier venues for more than 600 years.
Dating back to 1390, the grade 1 listed Guildhall retains much of its traditional architectural splendour with original period features and detailing. The Great Hall has been used for parliament and borough council meetings, municipal feasts and the entertainment of official visitors. Shakespeare's players performed here during Tudor times.
The beautiful Great Hall is a stunning space to hold wedding ceremonies and can accommodate up to 80 guests.
With murals on the ceiling dating back to the 17th century and showing the arms of the borough and the Hastings family, you can walk down the aisle in a truly atmospheric setting. The majestic Lord Mayor's Parlour with its oak-panelled elegance is an atmospheric space for a civil ceremony and the lovely cobbled courtyard is perfect for drink's receptions and photographs.
Weddings at Belgrave Hall and Gardens
This lovingly restored 18th-century former family home provides the perfect backdrop for a more intimate wedding ceremony. Surrounded by two acres of serene walled gardens, there is no setting more romantic than Belgrave Hall.
Refurbished in 2014, the hall retains much of its traditional architectural splendour with original period features and detailing. Dating back to 1709, the hall tells the story of its owners, who played a major role in the economic, social and charitable life of the city.
Our summer marquee can accommodate up to 90 guests for a seated meal or reception. There is a professional-standard kitchen in the re-furbished stable block. A special bridal room with a view of the stunning gardens is available on the first floor, to make those final touches before walking down the sweeping staircase and down the aisle.
You and your guests can enjoy a stroll around the woodland and formal gardens to discover some of the unusual trees, plants and shrubs that grow here. The gardens change with the seasons, so every month there will be something new to enjoy. Colourful flower beds, fragrant Edwardian roses and ancient mulberry trees offer the perfect backdrop for wedding photography.
Weddings at Abbey Pumping Station
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester’s Museum of Science and Technology, provides a truly unique setting for your big day.
Designed by local architects Stockdale Harrison to resemble aspects of an Elizabethan country house, the Beam Engine House displays decorative columns with foliated gilt capitals that rise up to meet ornate ironwork that has been beautifully finished. Brass shines from every angle and ceramic tiles create subtle patterns around the top of the interior walls. From the moment you and your guests enter this magnificent 120-year-old monument to fine Victorian engineering, you will be transported to a bygone era.
Wedding ceremonies can be held in the Beam Engine House, a truly impressive space and home to the rare Woolf compound rotative beam engines, built by local engineers Gimsons. It is the only place in Britain where you can see four magnificently decorated steam-powered beam engines restored to working order.
You can choose to hold your drinks reception in the adjoining Electric Switch Room, which is a bright and airy space with basic catering facilities or in our large marquee (capacity 160 guests). Where you can have photographs taken in front of exceptional backdrops including a narrow gauge railway, leaving a lasting impression on your guests.
Abbey Pumping Station
Leicester LE4 5PX
T: 0116 299 5111
Belgrave Hall & Gardens
Leicester LE4 5PE
T: 0116 229 8181
Leicester LE1 5FQ
T: 0116 253 2569
Leicester Museum & Art Gallery
53 New Walk
Leicester LE1 7EA
T: 0116 225 4900