The room can hold up to 70 people including participants, celebrants
and photographers. It has a full licence from Suffolk Registrars for
weddings, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies or
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 is available to hire for £350 on Fridays and
Saturday and £300 Monday to Thursday. This price covers the hire of the
room but not the Registrars or other associated costs. The ceremony
license also covers the library’s Lecture Hall and Enterprise and
Innovation Hub which are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffolk Libraries is grateful to The Suffolk Bridal Co. and Bedwells
Florist for their help in setting up a dress rehearsal wedding to
showcase how the room would look for a real ceremony.