The venue is accessible to wheelchair users, and to those who cannot climb steps, via the side doors. There is an accessible toilet.

A loop system is available for those using hearing aids.

Also available for a small fee are:

  • A small kitchen, accessible from both the hall and outside, with a cooker, a water heater for coffee and tea-making, and a small fridge.

  • Cutlery and crockery for up to 36 people.


There is limited metered on-street parking in Churchgate Street and surrounding residential streets and the town's main car parks are only a few minutes' walk away.

To enquire about hiring
Check the hall is available when you require it - see Diary.

Then, contact

  • Manager, Barbara Krys 
  • phone ‭07514 927049‬
  • email  ​​barbarakrys@ymail.com
or Shires:

A unique, elegant venue

Available for hire

Bury St Edmunds' finest building


Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1RH www.hireunitarianmeetinghouse.org.uk


The Unitarian Meeting House is normally available for hire from 8.00hrs until 23.00 hours Monday to Sunday. Very rarely by special permission it may be later but no later than midnight.


Charge per hour for the first two hours                                                       £16.00 per hour

Concessional charge per hour for first two hours for regular  

weekly term-time classes                                                                              £13.00 per hour

After two hours                                                                                                £12.00 per hour


Charge per hour for the first two hours                                                       £20.00 per hour

After two hours                                                                                                £14.00 per hour

Special rates for all-day hire (9.00hrs up 23.00hrs)

Sunday to Thursday                                                                                       £140 per day

Friday and Saturday                                                                                       £160 per day

Late Night Hire 23.00hrs to midnight. Special permission required, ask before filling in the Hire Agreement. Charge on any day of the week                                                                                                                  £20.00

Cancellation charges are as follows:

The hirer is liable for all hire fees whether the venue is used or not. If the Hirer gives sufficient notice of cancellation, part or all of the hire charge may be rebated. The House Committee y reserves the right to cancel as in the Terms and Conditions of Hire

Charges for equipment – per day Pianos and kitchen no charge.  Crockery, cutlery and glasses £10 per day.  AV equipment on application. N.B. check what is available with Manager, before booking.

Hire Charges

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Hire Agreement

To download a hire agreement form, click on the button

Terms and conditions

Every hirer must abide by our terms and conditions for hire. You are strongly recommended to read these before enquiring about hire. View or download the terms by clicking on the button

The venue

The main hall is 12m x 13m, surrounded on three sides by a Gallery. The Gallery, with its 300 year old box pews, is sadly not open to the public.   

The hall is licensed for the sale of alcohol and for regulated entertainment. 

Flexible layout
Arrange the hall as you wish, using our high quality oak chairs for lecture-style seating, our trestle tables for seated meals or workshops. Or just leave the space clear, perhaps for a standing buffet.

Capacities range from 120 people all standing to 80 people when tables are used - these numbers include all performers, catering staff etc as well as guests or audience.

N.B. During Covid-19 the maximum capacity is 30.

Special Tersms and Conditions during Covid-19.  Click the button

A Covid-19 risk assessment was completed on 31st August.