Westgate Hall

Westgate Hall

This fine 15th century timber framed building originally stood in St Michael's Square. The upper floor was leased by the Town Council to the Keeper of the Town Cloth Hall. it was used for storage and sale of the woollen cloth brought into the town by all merchants who were not burgesses and freemen of Southampton. On the ground floor was the covered, arcaded Fish Market.

By 1634 the building was very dilapidated and no longer used as a market hall. It was sold to a prominent burgess, Alderman Edward Exton, for £20. He dismantled it and re-erected it as a warehouse on its present site against the walls of the Westgate. The building continued to be leased out as a warehouse until the early 20th century when it became an archaeological store.

The building has been beautifully restored recently with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Southampton City Council and is available for hire. It is an attractive and unusual venue for civil marriages, wedding receptions, private parties, concerts, lectures, meetings and conferences. The main hall is on the first floor, via lift access. A refurbished reception area, cloakrooms and a kitchenette are situated on the ground floor.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Available for hire for Weddings,Concerts, Lectures, Conferences, Receptions.
For more details email: museums@southampton.gov.uk or Tel. 023 8083 4563

Admission charges

Available for hire for Weddings,Concerts, Lectures, Conferences, Receptions.
For costs and bookings email: museums@southampton.gov.uk or
Tel. 023 8083 4563

Additional info

Westgate Hall can be used for both civil ceremonies and receptions. With a maximum capacity of 80 persons and 60 for a sit down wedding breakfast.

Westgate Hall can also used for meetings and the room can be set up to suit your requirements. We can provide a data projector, laptop and screen to facilitate your meeting, please ask for costs at time of booking.

Westgate Hall
Westgate Street,
off Bugle Street
SO14 2AY






023 8083 4563


023 8083 2153

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