Ashmolean Museum

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£1200 - £4600 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
COVID-19 Update
We are delighted to be able to host morning, daytime and evening wedding and civil ceremonies and receptions again from 10th August 2020 and are proud to be a COVID-secure venue. Please contact our helpful event managers who are happy to receive enquiries and can check availability for future bookings. Please contact our helpful event managers who are happy to receive enquiries!
Exclusive Bridebook Deal
Bridebook Couple Discount
Complimentary anniversary dinner in our Restaurant
Late Availability
Last Minute Dates Available
Just £1200
Bridebook Deal
Case of Champagne
Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£1,200
Maximum Price
£4,600
Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies at any time through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment.
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£48
Maximum Price
£135

Packages
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£80
Maximum Price
£150
Minimum Number of Guests
30
Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies at any time through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment.
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Canapés included
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£1,200
Maximum Price
£20,000
Number of Guests Included
30
Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies at any time through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment.
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Canapés included
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Museum
Attraction
Dining Capacity
150
Reception Capacity
900
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM
Late Night Extension
Yes

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering

Venue

City View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted

Cultural Specialists

Other
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Asian Wedding Specialist
Full Description
A wedding venue like no other. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies at any time through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment. The Ashmolean Museum has been inspiring minds and sharing people’s stories since 1683 and we want you to add yours. We understand that every wedding is different which is why our expert team are on hand to tailor your day. An experienced team supported by an exclusive catering partner and handpicked suppliers will bring your dream celebration to life. Whether you decide to make a grand entrance, exchange vows in the presence of loved ones, dine like royalty or party the night away, the Ashmolean offers the most magnificent backdrop to your occasion. The Ashmolean’s majestic forecourt creates an entrance to remember. Inside, the grand staircase and its stunning gilded chandelier lead your guests into the Italian Renaissance and European Art Galleries for the ceremony or drinks reception. Reminiscent of an English country house, these galleries are filled with Old Master paintings and bronze sculpture. The couple has access to their own private entrance. Celebrate the occasion in the contemporary Atrium; its soaring staircase creates a dramatic stage for speeches, dine amongst Greek and Roman statues before dancing until late or relaxing in the Museum’s vaulted Café.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1683
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
8
Reviews
(16)
(16)
The Cocktail Service
Wedding: July 2020
July 2020
Prestigious Museum
Having such a beautiful and prestigious museum so close to us is fantastic, and working at the Ashmolean is always a pleasure for our team. Working in such a unique venue is something the team really enjoy, and the events are always so much fun to work at. We look forward to the next event at the Ashmolean
Squib Photo
Wedding: June 2020
June 2018
It has an air of magic about it!
The Ashmolean is a beautiful venue to work as a photographer! There is a vast selection of options as backdrops from the galleries, roof space as well as the wonderful frontage...You also have Oxford right on your doorstep to wonder off with couples. It has an air of magic about it and the team work perfectly around the public access to set up ready for the couple's wedding day! It's a little different to a typical wedding venue and I think that's its charm!
Dale Stephens (Photographer)
Wedding: June 2020
June 2018
Opportunities for great photographs are endless!
The Ashmolean Museum is a great and historic place for your wedding to take place in Oxford. The staff are welcoming and extremely attentive to your needs. They will also ensure that your wedding suppliers have everything they need to ensure that your day will run as smoothly as possible. Speaking as a wedding photographer the Ashmolean Museum has to be one of the most exciting venues in Oxford to photograph a wedding. The opportunities for great photographs are truly endless!
Muddy Stilettos
Wedding: June 2020
June 2018
Best kept secret in Oxford!
Muddy Stilettos and the Ashmolean have partnered successfully on several occasions, most recently when they hosted our annual Muddy Stilettos Awards in 2019. The venue is one of the best kept secrets in Oxford and the roof top restaurant and bar have a really special ambience, with stunning views over the City. The team on hand offer a great service in event planning, whether that be Christmas parties or corporate events and I have no doubt that the weddings will be equally successful.
That Event Company
Wedding: June 2020
June 2018
Masters of guest experience
It is an amazing event experience and one of the best spaces in the UK, we are exceptionally lucky to have such a gem in Oxford. ⁠ The Ashmolean events team and all of the museum staff are an exceptional group and are masters at the art of supplying a seamless experience for guests attending events. They are totally guest-focused, thoughtful in their approach and take care of their guests and us whilst onsite.
Becky at Fulton Photography
Wedding: June 2020
June 2018
In-house wedding coordinator was amazing
I photographed Louise & Karl's wedding at the Ashmolean Museum. What a stunning day it was. Stacey the wedding planner and coordinator on the day was amazing. She was so friendly, communicative and really made the day run smoothly. Anyone who works behind the scenes of a wedding knows how stressful it can be, but I really felt Stacey took that stress from me in helping with timings, organising people and made sure I had everything I needed. For me, this makes the day run without a hitch and really makes it feel like a team effort - which I love. It allowed me to focus on taking the photos and be totally in the moment, allowing me to do the best job possible. The venue is like no other, incredible, grand and unusual backdrops which make the memories and photos so unique. The natural lighting of the spaces is just stunning - a dream for photographers. I felt so looked after on the day, being served with incredible food to boot. It wasn't just the day that was brilliant, prior to the day Stacey was in touch with me to discuss timings and plans which really helped us (along with the bride Louise) to build a plan, I love a plan. I would, without a doubt highly recommend the Ashmolean as a venue for that special occasion, it has the whole package!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Oxford

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 J8A

Nearest Train Station

Oxford

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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