Convocation House at The Bodleian Library
About this space
Adjoining the Divinity School is the 17th century Convocation House, formerly a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body.
This mesmerising space boasts a marvellous fan-vaulted ceiling and carved woodwork and with its excellent acoustics, it is the perfect place to host an elegant wedding ceremony. It provides chapel-style seating for up to 100 of your friends and family.
Adjacent to the Convocation House is the anteroom, Chancellor’s Court. Formerly the University’s courtroom, now it serves as a private entrance for ceremonies.
Catering and drinks
Music & sound equipment
Rules of the space
Clients can arrange own suppliers for everything except catering and AV/lightning
For catering and AV/lightning, only approved suppliers (Oxford Fine Dining for catering and That Event Company for AV/lightning) can be used
The quadrangles and entrance spaces are open to the public at all time except for Saturday and Sunday evenings (from 5pm)
No confetti allowed
Naked flames (including candles) are strictly prohibited
Objects over 3 meters tall (including plants and flower stands) are banned
Music must be played at background level
Maintenance and preservation works may affect the building's external look
The direct connection the Divinity School and Convocation House is not accessible; an outdoor bypass is available
About The Bodleian Library
Say your vows in one of the oldest libraries in Europe! The Bodleian Library and its secluded outdoor spaces offer a spectacular historic backdrop for romantic weddings. Three glorious rooms from Oxford’s Bodleian are licensed for civil ceremonies: Divinity School, Convocation House and Chancellor’s Court.
With all the corners, arches and doorways, the place is full of charming photo spots. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding or a lavish affair, the experienced events team will go above and beyond to help you bring your ideas to life in this breathtaking, historic setting.
The Bodleian Library is located in the heart of Oxford, home to the prestigious University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world. Steeped in history, it is set in the neighbourhood of other notable places: the glorious Radcliffe Camera, the impressive Sheldonian Theatre, and Exeter College’s stunning walled garden.
The whole area is often used as a filming location. There’s an abundance of museums, galleries and other attractions. Oxford is easily reachable by major motorways. Oxford railway station is half a mile from the city centre and Oxford Airport is less than half an hour away. There are frequent coach services to London.