Looking at wedding venues in Newcastle? The Common Room is iconic

A hidden historical gem at the heart of the city, The Common Room Newcastle is anything but ordinary.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 13.10.2022

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When it comes to weddings, no-one wants common.

Couples can end up pulling their hair out trying to stamp their own personality on the event, every wedding co-ordinator is trying to plan an event guests will remember for years to come and, as a guest, your worst nightmare is that someone will turn up in the same outfit as you.

Modern weddings are all about charm, character and celebration – a celebration of you as a couple, of your individuality, and a celebration of the family and friends who have supported you towards this point in your relationship.

Which is why The Common Room is one of the most perfect wedding venues in Newcastle.


An enchanting heritage building in the heart of the city, The Common Room is a wedding venue Newcastle is proud to call its own and a unique setting for an unforgettable celebration.

Established in 2017 to lead the redevelopment of the city’s historic Mining Institute on Westgate Road, day-to-day The Common Room seeks to inspire the next generation of innovators and instil pride, ownership and an understanding of our own heritage within the local community.

Housed within this ornate Grade II-listed building are three spaces available for hire, all fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and each bursting with character. So, whether you’re looking to begin married life by exchanging intimate vows in one of their smaller spaces or celebrate in heritage style in the grand Lecture Theatre or Wood Hall, The Common Room could play as big a role in your history as you will in theirs.

All this and we haven’t even mentioned the fact that you’ll work with the in-house catering team here to curate your own bespoke wedding menus – with the option of harnessing everything from three-course dining experiences to street food extravaganzas.

An urban, city-centre location steeped in history yet alive with innovation… The Common Room really is a Newcastle wedding venue made for modern couples.


Considering it’s dream city-centre location, one of the most exciting things about The Common Room is its flexibility.

Whether you want to spend the whole day at The Common Room from pre-ceremony drinks to dancing into the early hours of the morning, or you would prefer to simply host part of your wedding day here, their team of experienced wedding co-ordinators know just what space will best suit you.

Wood Hall

Arguably the pièce de resistance here. If you’re wanting those church vibes in a civil setting, then look no further.

Enclosed by intricate wood carvings, with spiral staircases leading up to its Hogwarts-style library and lit by sunlight streaming through stained-glass windows, Wood Hall is a breath-taking space made for daytime and evening celebrations you’ll never forget.

Capacity: Up to 135 people

Starting hire price: From £125pp for full package or £720 hire only

The Lecture Theatre

Looking to really steal the show with a dramatic entrance? We’ve got you.

First built to deliver ground-breaking lectures on engineering during the Industrial Revolution, The Lecture Theatre is now a spacious, comfortable setting steeped in history.

With tiered seating and an intimate feel – despite being able to sit 100 of your nearest and dearest – all eyes will be on you as you say: ‘I do’.

Capacity: Up to 100 people

Starting hire price: From £125pp for full package or £720 hire only

The Stephenson Room

For a smaller, more intimate celebration, The Stephenson Room hits all the right notes.

Part of a suite of three rooms, this bright, beautiful space boasts natural light aplenty with street views out onto Newcastle’s urban cityscape beyond.

Capacity: Up to 50 people

Starting hire price: £400 hire only


We know as well as you do that we could chat all day long about how perfect this space is for your wedding – it wouldn’t make a difference unless all your questions are answered.

Which is why we caught up with Philippa King-Williams, Head of Trading at The Common Room, to find out everything you really need to know…

What’s special about getting married at The Common Room?  

The Common Room is a real gem in the city. The Wood Hall is totally unique and like none of the other wedding venues in Newcastle.

Couples who’ve got married here in the past have always commented on how it has all the grandeur and solemnity of getting married in a church, without the religious aspect. This is largely thanks to our spectacular, full-length, stained-glass windows – when the light shines through them, the effect is sensational.

Do couples have their own wedding co-ordinator at The Common Room?

Yes, when you book with us you’ll be assigned your own wedding co-ordinator, who will guide you through every step of your wedding planning journey. They can be as involved as you would like them to be and have a wealth of expertise and contacts at their fingertips. They will also be there on your special day to make sure all your celebrations go without a hitch, (no pun intended!).

Tell us about your food and hospitality offering.

We have onsite, in-house catering. Our Head Chef, Emma, will work closely with you to bring to life any ideas you may have about your ideal wedding breakfast and evening buffet menus, and to ensure that all your guests are satisfied and catered for.

We can offer everything from a three-course dining experience with wine and fizz, through to sharing platters, canapés, hot fork buffets, bowl foods and even street-style food.

How does the venue lend itself to wedding photography? 

Wedding photographers love it here! We have several photographers who are always excited to get in and shoot; the dappled light cast from the stained glass creates magical photo opportunities.

We also encourage our couples to explore other spaces in the building for photographs, including our Edwardian lecture theatre. This is a really striking backdrop with red mahogany and tiered seating, where couples can stand at the centre and be surrounded by centuries of history and learning.

Is there capacity for live entertainment and dancing? 

Yes, the Wood Hall boasts brilliant acoustics so live entertainment is always fantastic here. We don’t have a dancefloor, but we always welcome couples hiring one in so they and their guests can throw some shapes in our historic venue!


What do you wish more couples knew about getting married at The Common Room? 

A wedding at The Common Room really will be long-lasting in your minds and in the memories of your guests. Our venue is so unique, it’s a historical treasure hidden in plain sight in the heart of Newcastle, and we can’t wait for you to discover it for your special day.

To find out more about booking The Common Room as your wedding venue, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram

The Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

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