Four religious buildings to consider for your next event

In celebration of Easter, Event is taking a look at some of the event spaces available for hire within religious buildings across the UK.

Manchester Cathedral comprises five event spaces (
Manchester Cathedral comprises five event spaces (

Manchester Cathedral

Housed within a medieval structure built by Henry V in 1421, Manchester Cathedral is steeped in history, and it houses five separate event spaces of varying sizes.

The Nave can accommodate up to 1,103 standing guests or 940 seated, meanwhile The Regimental Chapel is suitable for dinner events comprising 190 guests. The Refectory has a capacity of 80 people theatre-style and The Library is suitable for dinner events of up to 50 attendees, meanwhile the smallest space – The Chapter House – has a capacity of 15.

Where: Victoria Street, Manchester MS 1SX

Contact: 0161 833 2220

Westminster Abbey

The iconic building has hosted countless events over the last 1,000 years, including the crowning of kings and queens. It offers six spaces to hire for modern day clients, and tours of the Abbey can be arranged as part of private event packages.

Options include the East and North Cloisters, which when combined can accommodate up to 400 people for a drinks reception or 160 for dinner. The Cellarium is suitable for events comprising 120 guests, or 80 for a cabaret-style dinner, meanwhile those seeking an outdoor space can opt for the 100-person capacity College Gardens.

Where: 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA

Contact: 020 7222 5152


St Paul’s Cathedral

Six spaces are available to hire within the renowned dome-shaped building, which works with caterers such as Harbour & Jones, Create and Food by Dish.

The largest space, the Crypt, can be hired for standing events of up to 350 guests, or seated dinners comprising 250 people. The Chapter House is ideal for medium-sized events of up to 70 attendees, and the Temple Bar is best suited to intimate dinners or boardroom-style conferences of up to 14. Those after a smaller-scale reception of 20 can also hire the latter.

Where: The Chapter House, St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Contact: 0207 246 834

Canterbury Cathedral

Located in Kent, Canterbury Cathedral’s Lodge is available to hire for conferences, meetings, events and weddings. Hotel accommodation is also available for events spanning multiple days. 

Options include the Clagett Auditorium, which offers in-built audiovisual facilities and can host 250 guests, meanwhile the 200-person Kentish Barn can be divided by a moveable wall for those seeking a series of smaller-sized meeting spaces. There is also the 50-person capacity Common Room as well as AV Conference Theatre, which can host 57 guests.

Where: Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH

Contact: (0) 1227 865 350

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