Five of Bristol's best event spaces for hire

As Banksy's Dismaland attracts the crowds to Weston-Super-Mare, nearby Bristol remains an idiosyncratic hotbed for culture and events. Check out Event's top pick of its venues.

Yurt Lush is housed within three Mongolian yurts
Yurt Lush is housed within three Mongolian yurts

Yurt Lush

Yurt Lush is a rustic, unique venue set within the heart of Bristol’s financial hub and is close to the city’s main train station, Bristol Temple Meads. It comprises three Mongolian yurts, which are available to hire both separately  or together for up to 100 delegates.

Guests looking to host an event in the summer can also utilise the venue’s terrace. Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton and the team responsible for food festival Eat Drink Bristol are behind the concept, and they serve a daily changing menu comprising local ingredients.

Where: Isambard Walk, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6DG

Contact: 07582 048090

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

This water-borne venue is distinctly Bristol through-and-through – located in the centre’s floating harbour, built by Brunel and surrounded by bars serving up a range of local cider. The ship, which was launched in 1843, retains its historic and nautical features, and can be hired for conferences, parties and dinners.

The event space can host up to 200 for champagne and canapé receptions, and between 50 and 100 for a three-course dinner. Larger groups (and those who prefer dry land) can host dinners, conferences and exhibitions at the nearby No 1 Brunel Square.

Where: Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Contact: 0117 926 0680 or


At-Bristol is a modern, interactive science and discovery centre located near the bottom of the infamously steep Park Street, which links the city centre to Clifton. A variety of spaces are available to hire within the main building, including the more traditional Annexe and Rosalind Franklin Room.

The venue also recommends its outdoor and Anchor Squares spaces for launch events, while the eye-catching Planetarium can be hired for screenings and presentations. Locally-sourced catering is provided by Elior.

Where: Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

Contact: 0117 915 8000 or

M Shed

M Shed provides event planners with an industrial edginess and creative quirkiness associated with Bristol’s Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road districts, yet it is located in the heart of the city. The top floor Event Suite offers a number of room options that can be hired together or separately, while various foyer areas and Studios 1 and 2 are also available to hire.

Event planners can also choose to incorporate the rooftop terrace into their package.

Where: Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

Contact: 0117 927 3086 or

Goldbrick House

Situated in a huge four-storey townhouse with a warren of stairs, Goldbrick House has two private meeting spaces on the top floor as well as the first floor Cocktail Bar. The next floor up features The Library and The Study, which can be hired for exclusive events.

Goldbrick House can also host daytime conferences with breakout rooms for smaller workshops. The newly-launched Orangery is a spacious loft style restaurant at the top of the venue, perfect for lunch or a private reception and dinner at the end of the day.

Where: 69 Park Street, West End, Bristol, BS1 5PB

Contact:  0117 945 1950 or email

More: Five top event spaces in Cardiff

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