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Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
- Plymouth Guildhall
Plymouth City Council
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Commanding an imposing position on Royal Parade, Plymouth Guildhall is situated in the heart of the city at the crossroads of the city's modern shopping centre and the approach to the historic Plymouth Hoe and magnificent foreshore.
The Guildhall today is a versatile building in constant demand for a variety of functions from civic receptions and concerts to conferences and exhibitions. Local, regional and national societies are also regular hirers of the Guildhall for their events. In addition, the Guildhall can be hired for private celebrations and wedding receptions.
The forecourt offers a limited parking area for the hirer's private vehicles (approximately 30 spaces). Stone bollards and a chain barrier enclose the forecourt. Subject to negotiation, the forecourt is available to hire for static displays and certain other activities. There is a standard charge for the hire of the forecourt.
The foyer gives access to the main hall and the lounge. It also houses the cloakrooms, toilets and public telephones and as a general-purpose area, is not an area that can be hired. A box office, cloakroom facilities and a public address system are available.
Access is gained from the foyer via a staircase of Italian block white marble. The main hall is panelled to a height of four metres in Cuban mahogany, while the floor is a sprung floor made with Canadian Maple. The dance floor enhances a dance booking and is a very popular venue for dinner dances and tea dances. To protect the floor from some types of hiring, the floor can be covered with a drugget (rug). Three magnificent chandeliers hang from the ceiling; each chandelier weighs about half a ton and they represent the three towns that now form the City of Plymouth - Devonport, Stonehouse and Plymouth.
The sculptured Wedgwood style carvings on the ceiling are the work of Plymouth sculptor David Weekes. They depict the labours of Hercules.
Heavy curtains protect a Gobelin tapestry from the light at the stage end of the main hall. Taken from the cartoon by Raphael, it depicts the 'Miraculous Draught of Fishes', and was originally a gift from Napoleon III to Lord Clarendon. The family now permanently loans it to the city.
Some of Plymouth's notable historic events are shown in a celebrated set of 14 stained glass windows, above which the upper lights each carry a tribute to the crown and in most cases a portrait of the Sovereign at the time.
The main hall has a stage with extra staging and a catwalk available for hire to boost the projection and height of the existing stage. To the rear of the main hall are two small rooms ideal for committee use.
The main hall is an ideal venue for orchestral concerts, choirs, public meetings, conferences or wedding receptions.
The balcony completes the main hall letting area and is approached from the side stairs at either side of the lounge area. A public address system is available and arrangements can be made for a roving microphone for audience participation.
There are two pianos available for hire - The Steinway Grand or the Brinsmead Grand. The pianos are moved to the stage by professional removers and tuned before hire. Spotlight hire can be arranged, which will include the services of an operator.
Being 'C' shaped the lounge overlooks the main staircase to the Main Hall and can also be accessed via the lift. There is a licensed bar to the south elevation of the lounge and room for an additional bar for larger functions.
To the rear of the lounge a small raised platform area houses a tea bar for the selling of light refreshments.
The lower hall
With its own entrance, foyer and refreshment area, the lower hall presents a total hiring area for a host of events. It displays murals depicting Plymouth's association with the sea and its historic background.
The lower hall is suitable for wedding receptions, talks, small concerts, fetes, private celebrations, fayres and meetings.
General purpose rooms
Stairways on either side of the lounge lead to the Astor room, charter room and north room, known collectively as the general purpose rooms.
The stained glass windows in the charter room celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Plymouth Royal Charter. Portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert can also be seen as well as the impressive 'Judgement of Solomon' by Haydon and a portrait of James Douglas, architect of the current Eddystone lighthouse.
The general purpose rooms are used as guest rooms, changing rooms or reception areas for hirers of the main hall. Sponsors of events use the rooms for their invited guests.
Also ideal for small meetings, inquiries, valuations and presentations, the Astor and charter rooms are divided by sliding doors, which offer an ideal situation for an event in one room and refreshments in the adjacent room. The north room is useful as a meeting room, cloakroom or a hiring of a smaller nature.
These locations are accessible to people with disabilities or limited movement and have been included in the Disabled Go access guide.
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