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Venue hire in the heart of Southampton Unique historic locations for a wide range of events

Our historic venues offer the ideal backdrop for your events Our museums, gallery and historic buildings encompass some of Southampton’s finest venues spanning over 800 years of history. We offer a unique collection of venues suitable for your events. Our venue hire and catering teams will provide you with locations to provide a touch of historical and cultural class. Whether you are planning an evening or daytime function our venues can provide a release from the confines of the office or hotel. Our staff have a diverse range of historical knowledge and experience of working in historic venues. As a special treat for your why not provide your guests with a private tour of one of our museums, the city vaults or our art collection. Our venue hire team are on hand to assist and advise you on every detail of your event from your first enquiry to the day of your event. Come visit us at our venues and see for yourself what we can offer, or please contact us on: Telephone 023 8083 4563 Email

SeaCity Museum

Southampton City Art Gallery

SeaCity Museum is housed in the Grade II* Listed former Police Station and Law

The gallery, based in Southampton’s Civic Centre, opened in 1939. The art

Courts, part of Southampton’s iconic Art Deco Civic Centre building.

gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.

Based at the heart of Southampton, our flagship museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives from the Romans to the Titanic and their connections

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection

to the sea. A wide range of spaces are available to hire, with capacities ranging from

which features around 5300 works spanning 800 years. Up to 120 people can be

30 to 150 people. For larger events, you can hire the whole museum, which can

accomodated in the main hall, with smaller spaces available in the side galleries.

accomodate around 500 guests.



Tudor House & Garden

Westgate Hall

Located in the lower half of the city of Southampton is Tudor House & Garden. The

Originally located in St Michael’s Square, Westgate Hall was formally the cloth hall

property has a fascinating history spanning the last 800 years at the heart of the Old

and fish market for the old City of Southampton. The first mention of the building’s

Town. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th

existence was in 1428; at this stage of construction Westgate Hall was already

Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from Tudor

20 or 30 years old.

House Garden, dating back a further 300 years. By 1632 the cloth hall was in such a state that it would not stand for much longer, The garden, at the rear of the property along with our café, offers a unique oasis of

so the Town Council decided to sell it to an Alderman on the provision that he

traditional herbs and plants from the Tudor period.

would take it down and rebuild it elsewhere. It is now located in nearby Westgate Street, and can accomodate up to 74 guests.

Drinks Receptions

Southampton’s museums & gallery are available for hire for standing drinks receptions.

Our catering teams can provide fabulous canapĂŠs and finger buffets, expertly

The capacity of our venues varies depending on your interests, and the type of event

created in consultation with you. There are a range of dietary options available to

you are looking to hold.

ensure everyone who attends your event is catered for.

A drinks reception is best held in the evening where your guests can have private access to the exhibitions. Our experienced venue hire team can also arrange for private tours and talks for your guests from our in-house experts.

Conferences & Meetings

Our venues are equipped to cater for conferences, seminars meeting and training days.

SeaCity Museum and the Southampton City Art Gallery are located in Southampton’s

Please feel free to get in contact with us to discuss your plans to see how we can help

cultural quarter and form part of Southampton’s iconic Art Deco Civic Centre. These

you execute the perfect event.

venues encompass light airy spaces with modern facilities.

Westgate Hall and Tudor House & Garden offer a different and unique setting to host meetings and seminars. Set in Southampton’s Old Town these two venues provide a relaxing and engaging environment for your guests and colleagues.


Treat your guests and colleagues to a private tour of our venues. Our staff come

SeaCity Museum encompasses three exhibition spaces: Southampton’s Titanic

with a wealth of knowledge comprising of Historians, Artists and Archaeologists.

Story, Gateway to the World and the Pavilion, our temporary exhibition space.

Our dedicated team will guide you through our venues, the history of art and

SeaCity Museum also has access to the iconic clock tower, which has a 360

of Southampton.

degree view of Southampton.

Tudor House & Garden spans more than 800 years of history. Learn about its previous

Southampton City Art Gallery hosts a vast collection of works from the renaissance

owners and the lives they led whilst living and working in this location. You will also have

to the present day. Consisting of over 5300 works of art, our collection is the largest

the opportunity to see the attics and cellars which are only open via appointment only.

in the south outside of London. Guided walks round the collection in the main

Why not add additional time to your tour to explore some of the medieval vaults and

gallery are available, as well as tours of the art vaults.

city walls?


A drinks reception is best held in the evening or after venue closing time where your

Our catering teams can provide fabulous canapĂŠs and finger buffets, expertly

guests can have private access to the exhibitions with no interruptions. Tudor House

created in consultation with you. We have a range of packages to suit varied

& Garden has a delightful traditional Tudor Knot garden within its grounds, the perfect

dietary requirements ensuring everyone who attends your event is catered for.

location for a summer drinks reception. Please feel free to discuss these with us and we will make alterations to our Our catering team are able to provide professional catering to suit your requirements for all of our venues.

menus to ensure your event goes without a hitch.

Team Building & Away Days

Planning a team building or away day? Why not do something different this year!

Please get in touch to see what we can do! Call us on 023 8083 2810, alternatively please email or

Our venues are just as unique as your team, so let us plan a day of stimulating activities that suits the needs of your workforce. Whether you are looking to banish barriers with a creative experience, or provide an opportunity to enthuse and energise your team using our historic collections, we are sure we can meet the aims and objectives for your company. to start planning your activities today.

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Telephone 023 8083 4536

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Telephone 023 8083 4536

SOUTHAMPTON 10.16.27161


Southampton's Arts & Heritage: Venue hire