Formal Venues in Manchester

We've handpicked the very best formal venues in Manchester. From the historic to the fashionably modern, there's somewhere to suit everyone.

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With 2 AA Rosette dining and years of hosting dinners and parties, The Stanneylands offers the perfect space for you to host an event whether you're looking to let your hair down or simply celebrate a special day in a relaxed atmosphere with the very best in local cuisine.

Harvey Nichols City Centre

The Bar & Brasserie on The Second Floor at Harvey Nichols is an impeccable choice of venue for any corporate event. The sleek styling and incredible dining options combine with expansive views of the city to create a sophisticated and professional environment suitable for meetings, presentations, networking events and product launches.

The Lowry Salford Quays

The Compass Room is circular in shape and features breathtaking floor to ceiling glass windows. Located on the fourth floor, the space benefits from wonderful views and is also completely private. Wooden floors and glass walls give a contemporary and neutral feel. Full blackout facilities are available if required and our AV facilities feature the latest technology.

St James' City Centre

This original oak panelled boardroom is situated in St James’, a grade II listed building in Manchester city centre. The boardroom can accommodate up to 70 delegates and is available to hire from one hour upwards with free Wi-Fi and AV equipment. You will receive complementary refreshments and catering can be arranged with a variety of hot and cold food which can be served in the adjoining break-out area.

Manchester Art Gallery Greater Manchester

The two mirror image Meeting Rooms (Rutherston and Greg) are suitable for boardroom meetings, conferences or training sessions for up to 18 delegates. It is an accessible room and it features AV equipment and free wi-fi . Refreshments can be served throughout the day in the room or in the adjacent cafe.

Manchester Hall Spinningfields

With immediate appeal to everyone, The Museum room radiates an historic atmosphere. It provides an interesting backdrop to any business meeting, conference or dinner. From its central marble fireplace the walls are inlaid with glass-fronted showcases displaying historic uniforms and regalia, tastefully decorated with plaster work highlighted in gold, a bar can be provided at your request.


The Victorian Gallery is situated on the first floor of the venue and features a stunning collection of original artworks. The space incorporates stunning original architectural features and will give the wow factor to any event. The space is perfect for drinks receptions, speeches and informal networking, and has also been used for dinners and formal events.

Pendulum Hotel City Centre

As the largest of all the rooms at the Manchester Conference Centre, the Pioneer Room offers a versatile space for a variety of events such as large conferences, banqueting, formal dinners and exhibitions. The venue has direct access to the courtyard, so guests can enjoy the fresh air between meetings or dining courses. With floor space of 350 sq mt, and flexible seating arrangements, this is a highly adaptable venue for events.

Whitworth Hall Oxford Road

When celebrating a truly special occassion, why not choose Whitworth Hall? This stunning venue lends itself perfectly for drinks receptions, formal dinners, disco/party evenings, family celebrations and more . We can also assist with the planning of your event with our dedicated Hospitality and Events team on hand every step of the way, as well as being able to utilise our contacts for a variety of extras such as flowers and venue dressing.


When celebrating a truly special occasion, why not choose Christie's Bistro ? This opulent University venue lends itself perfectly for drinks receptions, formal dinners, disco/party evenings, family celebrations and more . We can assist with the planning of your event with our dedicated Hospitality and Events team on hand every step of the way, as well as being able to utilise our contacts for a variety of extras such as flowers and venue dressing.

The Green Piccadilly

The Green is a multi-use venue, allowing us to create a bespoke party or team building environment for you, your suppliers, clients or partners. We can accommodate up to 400 people and offer the ability to run presentations, play golf, Xbox One and Xbox Kinect. Why have a formal sit down when you could command your sales team in a multi-player session of Fifa 17, or box your board members with a round of virtual boxing. We have something for everyone to enjoy.

Manchester Art Gallery Greater Manchester

Bespoke menus can be created for delicious buffets, canapé platters and formal sit down meals in the comfortable surrounds of the gallery restaurant. Featuring huge windows, panelled walls and period features enhanced by historical colours from our supporters Farrow & Ball, the space is flexible and relaxed.

About Formal Venues


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