The Council Chamber

The Council Chamber is one of our most unique ceremony rooms here at the Town Hall…

With the layout of the room and its beautiful furnishings, it echoes the feel of a church.

It houses wooden pew-like seating and impressive stained glass windows illustrating the history of Colchester. The circular Chamber itself is adorned with oil paintings, murals, and the unmissable painted dome ceiling showcasing a beautiful classical depiction of the twelve months of the year, commissioned by artist Charles Baskett. 

The seats in this room are fixed in a spherical fashion, and so offers an intimate feel to the room. It also has a balcony so you can get some unique aerial shots of your ceremony as well as the stunning surroundings of the Chamber.

This suite can hold: 70 guests for a ceremony.

Please note that unfortunately food and drink is not permitted in the council chamber and we are unable to host receptions in this room.

Finalists 2017/2018

Colchester Town Hall is proud to have been nominated as a finalist for the Essex Wedding Award ‘Something Different’ Venue Category

Hire this Venue


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Speak to one of our team who will be happy to talk through your requirements

Price includes use of our sound system, a red carpet entrance, use of our car park and lay-by, and access around the Town Hall during your hire time for any photographs.

The Council Chamber is situated on the first floor of the Town Hall…


…and can be accessed by climbing the first marble staircase, or alternatively we have a lift which stops at the end of this floor. There are male and female toilets on this level, as well as a disabled toilet. The room has also been remodelled to allow it to become completely accessible. This means that certain parts of the room which were previously unreachable are now accessible.

In House Catering: No

Evening Reception Facilities: No

Entertainment License: No

Alcohol License: No

Venue: Historic

Civil Ceremony Licence: Yes

Seated Meal Facilities: No

Buffet Meal Facilities: No

Dance Floor: No

Biodegradable Confetti Permitted Outside: Yes

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Car Parking: Yes

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“The team were really helpful in helping us prepare all the little details of the ceremony, from music and flowers, to the legalities and timings. All of our guests commented on the beautiful Council Chamber where we got married – it had all the unique beauty of a church wedding but without the religious connotations, plus a really intimate setting for our 65 guests. A day we will never forget!”

Rose and Ed Olive

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