Tie the knot at the historic University of Manchester

Bride and groom on the steps of the University of Manchester on a sunny day Credit: www.christianallenphotography.comWEDDINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, M13 9PL
01612 752 675 | www.manchester.ac.uk/weddings

Dating back to 1873, The University of Manchester is made up of several properties, all of which can be used for weddings. Manchester Museum, Christie’s Library and Whitworth Hall centre around the Old Quadrangle, a beautifully maintained courtyard with space for private parking and drinks receptions. These neo-Gothic properties were designed by the famous architect, Alfred Waterhouse and his son. Each has striking Victorian features and offers plenty of places to take photographs.

Celebrate in style
There are several areas available for weddings, but Whitworth Hall is the largest. The space has an impressive stained-glass window, a fully-working organ, a hammer-beam ceiling and room for 650 guests for the ceremony and 360 for the wedding breakfast.

Inside the University of Manchester at night, bride and groom standing on the steps Credit: www.shanewebber.comThe Whitworth Council Chamber can also be used. This area is suitable for intimate services and boasts wooden panelling, wrought iron chandeliers and quirky seating, with space for 130 loves ones for the service and 50 for the meal.

The Fossils Gallery in Manchester Museum is home to many prehistoric objects, including Stan, the T-Rex, who watches over all the ceremonies. It’s capable of holding 100 nearest and dearest for the vows and 80 for the evening celebration.

Receptions can take place in Christie’s Bistro, a large space that can be downsized to create three smaller areas if required, with room for 160 friends and family for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the party.

The Living Worlds Gallery in Manchester Museum can also be used for up to 120 guests. Home to a wide variety of stuffed animals, including Billy, the oldest horse in the world, and a skeleton of a baby sperm whale that’s suspended from the ceiling.

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