The Great Hall


The Great Hall is the University of Birmingham's most prestigious venue, hosting many of the University's primary events throughout the academic calendar; It also lends it's splendour to private and corporate functions and televised events including the 2010 General Election Leaders Debate and the Antiques Road Show.

The Great Hall at the University of Birmingham

The Great Hall is located in the University’s original, late-Victorian red-brick building, The Aston Webb. Its elegant entrance draws you into an opulent marble foyer where guests can enjoy a glass of champagne under the stately rotunda and domed ceiling of the foyer, with it's wonderful example of trompe l’oeil painting; before dining and celebrating in the stained-glass grandeur of the hall itself.

It provides a flexible venue space to suit any event type from conferences to weddings and award ceremonies, with capacities of:

  • 1,000 in theatre style only
  • 400 people in a formal banquet, fine dining or wedding style

The Great Hall also offers 650 square metres of floor space for exhibitions and product launches. The Great Hall is a truly magnificent setting that will certainly create the right impression and a memorable experience for you and your guests.

See a virtual tour of the Great Hall and a virtual tour of the reception lobby to the Great Hall and the Aston Webb building.



80 plus
Layout Capacity: 
Theatre: 1000
Cabaret: 340
Banqueting: 430
Awards ceremony: (theatre style) 1000
Awards ceremony: (cabaret style) 430
Room Type: 
Exhibition Space
Concert Hall
Venue Features: 
Conference Phone
Interactive Whiteboard
Tea and Coffee Making
Natural Light
Max Capacity: 


The Great Hall is located in the centre of the University of Birmingham campus, in the Aston Webb building.

The postal address for the Great Hall is:
The Great Hall,
Aston Webb Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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