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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


The Brown Shipley Club Suite is the perfect setting for medium sized meetings and presentations or for use ad a syndicate room in conjunction with one of our larger spaces. Formally the home team dressing room, the walls are now lined with striking cricketing imagery which reflects the history of the club whilst offering a unique setting for your event.


For an intimate dining experience in the heart of Manchester, choose The Lounge at Revolution Deansgate Locks. This stunning room features a private bar, AV equipment and a unique backdrop to your private dining event. We have a variety of menu options and drinks packages to choose from and we can create a bespoke packages to suit you. The Lounge is suitable for both formal and informal gatherings and at Revolution, we offer something for everyone.


Plus 1 is the perfect venue for someone looking for a unique space to hold their next meeting or event. The decor takes inspiration from music and performance throughout the space. Song lyrics by much loved Manchester bands adorn the walls and drum stools and upholstered flight cases provide some of the seating. This unique space back stage at Manchester Arena can be hired for morning or afternoon meeting sessions. Within close proximity of Victoria Station, this venue is convenient and sure to impress your delegates.

About Formal Venues


Looking for a fabulous formal venue for your next event in Manchester? Here's a selection of the best venues for formal occasions, loved by professional event organisers across the city. Make sure your upcoming conference, dinner or board meeting is hosted in the right setting, whatever your guest list. Contact our expert team for a tailored service, totally free! Just let us know your key requirements and we'll find the perfect venue for bringing your next formal event to life. If you like our formal venue selection category, you can even instantly request a viewing via the venue page and be there seeing it in the flesh in no time, leaving you more valuable time to work on creating a great event for your attendees.

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