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Northgate Room weddings and other ceremonies

The Northgate Room is Ipswich County Library’s most attractive and striking room. Normally used as the library’s study and reference area, the room is now available to hire for your special day.

The room can hold up to 76 people including participants, celebrants and photographers. It has a full licence from Suffolk Registrars for weddings, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies or civil partnerships.

The Northgate Room offers a unique and historic venue for ceremonies in the heart of Ipswich. It would be a great choice for book lovers, regular library customers or anyone looking for a reasonably priced venue with a difference.

The Northgate room decorated for a wedding ceremony.


The Northgate Room is available to hire for £550. Booking slots are available between 9AM to 1PM, or 1PM to 5PM, 7 days a week. This price covers the hire of the room and chairs with sashes, but not the Registrars or other associated costs.

Optional additional charges include £150 for full room décor and £9 corkage fee per bottle.

The ceremony license also covers the library’s Lecture Hall which is available for hire.

About the Northgate Room

Ipswich County Library is a listed building built in 1924. Its Northgate Room is 100ft long with a vaulted ceiling and old oak bookshelves and tables. It’s a room which celebrates Suffolk’s cultural heritage and historic significance with several coloured glass windows depicting famous historic literary figures, scientists, politicians, artists, soldiers and sailors with links to Suffolk – including life size images of Geoffrey Chaucer, Francis Bacon and Thomas Wolsey. There are also many other smaller coloured glass panels marking the arms of Suffolk towns and commercial families from the county.


Anyone interested in booking the venue is encouraged to arrange a visit and discuss their requirements by contacting Ipswich County Library on 01473 927260 or emailing