Great North Museum: Hancock Weddings

A unique venue for ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions

Create a truly memorable day for you and your partner, as well as friends and family, by holding your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening reception with us at the Great North Museum: Hancock. So whether you choose an intimate service overlooking the museum’s T-Rex, an extravagant celebration for hundreds in the Special Exhibition Space, or a summer drinks reception in the Clore Suite and patio, you can find the perfect space here. The Great North Museum: Hancock was purpose built in Newcastle as a natural history museum in 1884 to house the growing collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

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Or take a look at the Great North Museum: Hancock wedding guide page for tips on how to plan your wedding day at Great North museum: Hancock.

Our unique rooms and galleries

Living Planet Gallery Wedding Breakfast
   Living Planet Gallery

Living Planet Gallery

For an unrivaled location, why not host your wedding breakfast and/or evening reception alongside an elephant and a great white shark in the fantastic, double height Living Planet Gallery?

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Hadrian's Wall Gallery 

Hadrian's Wall Gallery creates an exciting and unique atmosphere for ceremonies. You can even get married looking onto a T-rex! The gallery has an interactive model of the Wall which enables guests to discover the detailed history of this amazing fortification. You can enjoy also your wedding breakfast in this exciting gallery, surrounded by a wealth of archaeological finds.

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Special Exhibition Space

The Special Exhibition Space is a large open plan room with fresh white walls and wooden floors. This space is a blank canvas ready to be dressed in your unique theme. This is an ideal space for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. This space can be partitioned into three separate areas offering you great flexibility.

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Natural Northumbria Gallery 

Natural Northumbria gallery will create an exciting and unique atmosphere for late afternoon ceremonies and early evening drinks reception. In this gallery you can discover what makes the North East region special in terms of the animals and plants as well as paying a 'virtual' visit to a number of sites in the area.

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Clore Suite

The Clore Suite offers you and your guests a versatile space suitable for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and small evening receptions. The larger Clore suite opens onto a spacious patio with a raised pond and planted area providing an ideal location for a summer drinks reception. These rooms can be used individually or interlinked to create a large space.

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Extraordinary opportunities from May - October 2019

Dippy on Tour: a Natural History Adventure 

18 May 2019 - 6 October 2019

Wedding celebrations

We are taking bookings now. 

Create a truly memorable wedding evening by holding your wedding breakfast and drinks reception alongside the famous Diplodocus skeleton cast ‘Dippy’. Whether you choose an extravagant dinner or an intimate celebration Dippy is sure to be an unforgettable wedding guest.

To find out more call (0844) 856 1074 or email

Your event enquiry will go directly to our catering and events concession Sodexo Prestige. All events are subject to availability.

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Room capacities

CeremonyWedding breakfastEvening receptionDrinks reception
Living Planet Gallery-120130130
Hadrian's Wall Gallery50
(4pm ceremony)
Hadrian’s Wall Gallery & 
Living Planet Gallery 
Special Exhibition Space
(whole room)
Special Exhibition Space
(two thirds of room)

Small Exhibition
(one third of room)

Natural Northumbria Gallery 50
(4pm ceremony)
Clore Suite40-100 20-8040-12040-120


Whether you choose us for your wedding breakfast, evening buffet, or canapés and drinks following your ceremony, we will ensure every aspect of your day is just how you imagined it.

Our award winning caterers can work with you to produce a bespoke menu, or you can choose your meal, buffet or canapés from one our fabulous menus below.

Download our wedding breakfast menu or contact us to discuss your ideas. 

Our dedicated and flexible events team will work with you to produce the perfect menu for your special day. 

Contact us

To find out more about hiring the Great North Museum: Hancock please contact us on:

Telephone: (0844) 856 1074 or Email: and state that you're interested in hiring a space at the Great North Museum: Hancock. 

Your event enquiry will go directly to our catering and events concession Sodexo Prestige.