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Make an impact in this historic hall, built as ‘a cathedral to learning’.

This Grade II-listed red-brick hall was built in 1900, and has welcomed thousands of students for graduation ceremonies across the decades.

Now it inspires delegates and visitors alike as one of the University’s accredited Venues of Excellence, with a trompe l’oeil domed ceiling above its formal marble entrance, and a noteworthy sense of space.

People picking food from the buffet table
Dinner in the Great Hall
People attending an exhibition
Delegates chatting
Entrance to the Great Hall

Let’s bring your next event to life.

A friendly team of professionals will work with you to create a great event experience, on budget.

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Maximum capacityTheatre styleCabaret styleBanquet style

Room specification

LengthWidthStageFlat-floored usable space
31,995m17,295m82 m2553m2


If you’re hiring the Great Hall for a conference, the DDR includes use of the screen, data projector, PA system, lectern and lectern microphone.

For events, a range of audio-visual packages are available to transform the space to suit your requirements, delivered by our in-house AV experts. Just let us know what you’d like to achieve.

Watch the video to find out more about the audio-visual packages available.


A range of catering options are available. Choose what suits: canapés and drinks in the marble rotunda entrance, fine dining and banqueting, relaxed street food on the lawns outside or a working buffet lunch.

Download the events menu (PDF – 809 Kb)


The Great Hall is an historic building, with steps at its main entrance and heavy double doors. A level entrance can be found at the Bramall, to the left of the main entrance. A hearing loop is available at events – please ask.

Visit Accessable for more detailed accessibility information about Aston Webb and the Great Hall


Visitors should park in the University’s North East Car Park on Pritchatts Road, B15 2SA. This costs £2.50 per hour or £7.00 for up to 10 hours, using the RingGo cashless system. Parking here and on campus is free of charge after 6pm Mon-Fri, and on weekends.

Blue Badge parking for disabled drivers is available on campus, through the East Gate entrance on Edgbaston Park Road.

Breakout rooms

The Great Hall is located in the Aston Webb Building, home to multiple convenient breakout spaces and lecture theatres. The events team will be more than happy to advise on the best configuration of spaces.

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The lawns of Chancellor’s Court (directly outside) are ideal for marquees, to provide additional exhibition space or catering venues. To preserve the campus grounds, marquees require prior approval; your events team can organise this for you.


The Great Hall is located at the heart of campus, in the red-brick Aston Webb Building. Enter via the main entrance under the tallest dome. The accessible entrance is via the Bramall, just to the left.

8 min from University station
6 min from North East car park
B15 2SA
11 min from Edgbaston Park Hotel
12 min from Lucas House Hotel

Is the Great Hall perfect for your next event?

Get in touch with the team today to talk over your plans.

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Unwind in one of two hotels after your event. They’re open all year round, and right here on campus. For summer conferences, University accommodation offers a comfortable alternative.

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Edgbaston Park Hotel entrance

Everything taken care of

You want to create event experiences to remember. We’re here to help, every step of the way.

Experts on your side

A friendly, knowledgeable team to transform your ideas and stay on budget

Food and drink

Great catering from an award-winning
team of chefs

A complete service

Support from start to finish, from initial brief to event planning and delivery

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