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First dance in the Concert Hall

First dance in the Concert Hall

We have three beautiful rooms licensed for civil ceremonies.

Each of our rooms offers a perfect backdrop for your special day. Our lovely Grade II listed town centre venue can cater for weddings and receptions of all sizes from small intimate gatherings to dinners for up to 200 people.

The Concert Hall is the largest of our rooms with magnificent chandeliers, ornate woodwork and the historic and unique Father Willis organ, which it was designed to house. The Concert Hall first opened on 31 May 1882. Over the years it has hosted events and performances from wrestling matches to symphony orchestras, and was restored to its original glory in 1998.

The Victoria Hall is an elegant Regency room with large windows, high ceilings and exquisite chandeliers. It is in the oldest part of the present Town Hall, built in 1786 on the site of the Reading Abbey 'guest house' to hold the Assizes, and was also the council chamber and assembly rooms. It was remodelled in Italianate style in 1864.

The Waterhouse Chamber contains some of the Town Hall's most impressive features including an enormous stone fireplace and stunning stained glass windows. It is named after Victorian 'Gothic revival' architect Alfred Waterhouse, who is famous for his work on the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. He also designed this part of the Town Hall, including the clock tower and facade, to 'wrap around' the earlier building, using locally-made brick and terracotta. This room became the Council Chamber and can be viewed from the corridor above, which was originally the public gallery.

Please explore our web pages for more details about each room and start getting ideas for your day. You can download example wedding breakfast and evening buffet menus on the Food and Drink page.

Alternatively call us now and our special events coordinator will be happy to discuss your plans with you. Please contact us to arrange a relaxed, no-obligation visit and to check availability.

Call us on 0118 937 3400 or email.

Stained glass window, Waterhouse ChamberThe Waterhouse Chamber ready for a weddingThe Marriage of John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lancaster, 1359, by Horace Boardman Wright (1914)

Related Content:

The Concert Hall viewed from the stage

The Concert Hall is an ideal venue for large-scale events, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and dinners.

Date published: 12 Oct 2010

The Victoria Hall

Originally part of the Georgian Assembly Rooms, this magnificent, ornate room can accommodate up to 200 people.

Date published: 12 Oct 2010

The Waterhouse Chamber

The Waterhouse Chamber contains some of the Town Hall's most impressive features - a period fireplace and stained glass windows create an atmosphere of grandeur, and there is a private bar.

Date published: 12 Oct 2010

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