Great North Museum: Hancock Weddings

Create the day you imagined

Great North Museum: Hancock wedding photograph by Laurence Sweeney Photography

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. 

From a full size replica of a T-Rex to the mysteries of the ancient worlds, this venue celebrates life in all its forms. Quirky and eclectic, amazing and intriguing, with landscaped grounds and stunning function rooms, this is the perfect venue for a Great North wedding. 

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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 here 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.

Great North Museum: Hancock wedding photograph by Laurence Sweeney Photography

Take a peek at our unique spaces for hire

Great North Museum: Hancock wedding photograph by Laurence Sweeney Photography

Whether you are looking for an exceptional room for your ceremony, or a truly special place for your wedding reception or celebration party, this museum will delight you and your guests with its originality and versatility. We have the expertise to make the most important day of your life a treasured memory whether you are planning something intimate, or grand in every detail. Take a look at our our unique rooms and galleries for your wedding day inspiration. 

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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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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Exhibition Space

The Exhibition Space is a large open plan room with fresh white walls and wooden floors. The rooms can be hired individually or interlinked to create a large space and their simple, contemporary styling gives couples carte blanche to let their creatively run riot. 

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Clore Suite and Garden

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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Great North Museum: Hancock wedding photograph by Laurence Sweeney Photography

Room capacities

CeremonyWedding breakfastEvening receptionDrinks reception
Living Planet Gallery-120130130
Hadrian's Wall Gallery50 (4pm ceremony)100--
Living Planet Gallery & Hadrian’s Wall Gallery -200--
Natural Northumbria Gallery50 (4pm ceremony)--80-100
Full Exhibition Space443350443443
Medium Exhibition Space300200320320
Small Exhibition Space12090120120
Clore Suite and Garden

Wedding reviews

"We chose the Hancock as it was different to a hotel and had interesting things around for photos and to look at. It was amazing having the evening reception in the living planet gallery, we totally loved it as did our guests. We do regularly attend the Hancock and love it. Also we needed wedding pictures with a dinosaur skeleton. The food was also fantastic and the service." 

Victoria and Lee

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