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Conferences, events and room hire


From a large main hall, perfect for exhibitions or banquets, to a main plenary room for training days, and more intimate rooms for meetings and workshops, the Guildhall can cater for both large and smaller events.

Whether you’re looking for a corporate event space, or an idyllic, historical setting for a wedding or more personal event, we can provide a solution. You'll work with our highly knowledgeable team, who have over 50 years experience in taking events from concept to completion.

Our newly refurbished rooms boast state of the art audio visual technology and our friendly staff will make sure you have everything you need to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Why The Guildhall York?

Over 50 years experience in hospitality

A diverse array of spaces to suit your needs

5 minute walk from York train station

Award winning on-site catering

Space to host up to 270 guests

Conveniently located in York city centre

Our spaces

Throughout The Guildhall York, we have a variety of meeting and breakout rooms.

Each room has unique and historic features, providing the perfect environment for creative and dynamic thinking

Meeting rooms

The Main Hall

Lined with oak pillars, each carved from a single tree, this grand hall serves as a fantastic space for any event. On the ground floor with adjoining courtyard, the Main Hall offers one of the largest spaces available for hire in York, only a stone’s throw away from St Helen’s Square.

This space is one of a kind, with newly refurbished facilities and façades complementing the hall’s original 15th century features.

CapacityFloor space
  • 200 Theatre Layout 
  • 120 Cabaret Layout 
  • 120 Banquet Layout
  • 35 Exhibition Layout  
  • 356.3m2

The Council Chamber

The Guildhall York has been at the heart of the City's governance for over 800 years and here's where it happened. Also known as the ‘Inner Room’ or ‘Justice Room’, The Council Chamber was modelled on the Houses of Parliament, and was used for council meetings.

The Chamber retains its traditional arrangement, creating a striking environment for debates and presentations, and an exceptional space for meetings or exhibitions, with the public gallery providing some of the best seats in the house.

CapacityFloor space
  • 47 fixed seating
  • 151m2

Committee Room One

Committee Room One looks over the River Ouse and comes complete with a grand 19th century table which is the perfect platform to conduct any meeting.

This historic room showcases the masonry that built The Guildhall York, with medieval roof bosses, and a marble fireplace that still bears battle scars from World War II. Leading to the dungeons, it has probably played witness to many a secret in its time.

CapacityFloor space
  • 10 boardroom
  • 45.7m2

Throughout The Guildhall York, we have a variety of meeting and breakout rooms. Each room has unique and historic features, providing the perfect environment for creative and dynamic thinking.

The Foss Room

CapacityFloor space
  • 5 boardroom
  • 11.72m2

The Nidd Room

CapacityFloor space
  • 6 boardroom
  • 20m3

The Wharfe Room

CapacityFloor space
  • 12 boardroom
  • 32.6m2

The Ouse Room

CapacityFloor space
  • 12 boardroom
  • 36.32m2


Outside spaces

The Riverside Garden

The perfect breakout area for any event, this tree-shaded patio overlooks the River Ouse and provides stunning views.

The calming and relaxing garden is an idyllic place to eat your lunch, relax in the sun or even host a street food themed soirée for your delegates, co-workers or guests. 

The Courtyard

The Guildhall York boasts an amazing courtyard which showcases the building’s 15th century limestone architecture in all its glory. This open space can be transformed into a unique breakout space or used as a stunning photographer’s backdrop showcasing the history of this magnificent building.

York Conferences

York Conferences work in partnership with Mosaic Events, an established York based company who have a proven track record for delivering effective event management services over 14 years. 

To explore the benefits of our event management services contact us today:


Our award-winning caterers are here to ensure that your delegates and guests enjoy the best of Yorkshire hospitality and our chefs are delighted to offer bespoke menus using seasonal and local produce.

We're able to accommodate any specific dietary requirements your delegates and guests may have and will work with you to help make your event a memorable one.