Merchants Throw Open Doors of Bristol’s ‘Most Glamorous’ Meeting Venue

The Merchant Venturers’ decision to open Merchants’ Hall for corporate and civic functions launches one of Bristol’s most glamorous meeting venues, with its unique atmosphere and elegant and versatile rooms.

A beautifully proportioned mansion overlooking Clifton Down, Merchants’ Hall is being offered as a complete package with all rooms included. Alternatively individual rooms can be hired for smaller corporate events and meetings.

Emma Jennings, Deputy Events Manager, said: “Merchants’ Hall is a very special place for organisations looking to hold meetings and banquets.

“We work hard to ensure that it is straightforward staging events here. We work with a range of specialist partners, offering catering, AV and presentation equipment.

“Hall hire is competitive and events can be enhanced by including the services of the Society’s butler and use of the Merchant’s sumptuous silver table pieces for grand dinners and banquets.”

The magnificent rooms at Merchants’ Hall are still used by the Society for their meetings, receptions and banquets.

Anthony Brown, Master of the Merchant Venturers said: “We believe that Merchants’ Hall can be a valuable amenity for the civic and business community in Bristol.

“This is a very special place and events here are memorable and distinctive. We are delighted to share Merchants’ Hall with local businesses and organisations in Bristol.”

The Merchant Venturers’ story has been threaded through the history of Bristol for 450 years. The Merchants ran the Port of Bristol from the beginning of the 17th century to the opening of the Floating Harbour in 1809.

Their involvement in the achievements of the city of Bristol can be traced from their support of John Cabot’s voyage of discovery to North America to the financing of the Great Western Railway, the ss Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Over time and as the Society’s commercial influence has waned it has concentrated on charitable activities. Today this focuses on education and caring for older people.