Venues in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Looking for a venue in the Bury st Edmunds areas? From conferences to weddings, parties to meetings, there's a venue here in historic Bury St Edmunds and Beyond!

St Edmundsbury Cathedral 

Suffolk's only cathedral provides a unique and historic venue for any event including corporate award ceremonies, film showings, concerts, fayres and workshops.

Both the Nave and the Cloister Garth can be hired, and provide stunning backdrops for an evening's theatre or musical entertainment.

The Cathedral can also offer modern and spacious changing facilities, interval drinks and private receptions for sponsors of VIPs. Tickets can be sold through the Theatre Royal or Apex box offices.

To hire the Cathedral contact the Events Manager, on 01284 748721 or

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

Stepping in from the street, the visitor steps back to the 13th century, entering by the original doorway of Britain’s oldest civic building.

Built in 1220, Bury St Edmunds Guildhall was provided for the people as a meeting place, a community chamber and a public facility and has always been in the control of the governing bodies of the town. 

The Guildhall has a range of rooms available to hire for corporate events or parties each reflecting a different era and use the building has served over the centuries.

For more information email or telephone 01284 247037.

The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum was purpose-built in the early 18th century as Assembly Rooms where the locals could gather to play cards, read books, attend parties and generally have a good time; not that different from its use today! 

It was re-named The Athenaeum in 1854 and is a Grade I listed building comprising a number or spaces available for hire, including the ornate Georgian Ballroom, its chandeliered ceiling and grand décor being reminiscent of the days of Pride and Prejudice. 

It is also right next to the Angel Hotel where Dickens stayed in 1859 and 1861 when he was giving readings in the Athenaeum. The Bury St Edmunds records office holds a lovely letter from Dickens, thanking his friend Mr Thompson, who was at the time the proprietor of the subscription rooms (now the Athenaeum) and who had arranged for him to read from David Copperfield.

Five versatile spaces are available to hire individually or you may choose to hire the whole venue exclusively. Either way the rooms will inspire and motivate your delegates whether they are attending a small meeting for 10 or a large scale conference for 250.

For more information telephone 01284 758380.

The Apex

The Apex is a contemporary and flexible event venue for between 10 and 600 delegates.

The high-tech Auditorium offers some of the best facilities in the region, with sound and lighting options far outweighing its competitors. Its flexible layout means it can seat 530 delegates in a formal, tiered theatre, or 260 delegates in a cabaret configuration on the flat floor.

The first floor Lounge is a bright and airy space with an internal balcony overlooking the ground floor foyer, and an external balcony for those long, hot, summer evenings. It offers the perfect space for receptions, parties and exhibitions, and it regularly plays host to a variety of business networking events.

In addition, there are two studio rooms on the first floor for between 30 and 80 delegates which include all standard audio visual equipment plus technical support if required.

The Old Goods Shed, Clare Castle Country Park

A truly unique venue in Suffolk’s most diverse country park.

A fully refurbished, unique and original Victorian railway goods shed set in the grounds of a 12th century motte and bailey castle, The Old Goods Shed is the ideal venue to host a memorable and exciting event.

With modern facilities that include a fully fitted kitchen, Wi-Fi and projector, craft hand wash area and disabled access to all areas of the building, The Old Goods Shed provides the ideal backdrop for a range of events and celebrations. 

Whether it’s a Christmas party, keeping the children busy in the holiday or a family gathering, you will be surrounded by the Park’s beautiful natural spaces, woodlands and river walks.  The Platform One café is in the old station bookings hall nearby as are the Park’s play areas and historic sites within the Medieval town of Clare.

You will find multiple exhibition spaces inside The Old Goods Shed. On the lower level is a gallery with flexible hanging space and the mezzanine level boasts a bright open area that can be divided up using our moveable exhibition boards. With an adjacent car park and wheelchair access to and within the building, The Old Goods Shed can accommodate up to 90 visitors.

To organise a viewing and for more information on how to book please visit our website or contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, Natalie Tarling, at