Room Hire at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

There are two good size meeting rooms available for hire, day or evening, seven days a week. A small kitchen and facilities for outside caters are also available. The rooms are suitable for a wide range of activities such as educational classes, business meetings, conferences, club activities and social gatherings. There is super-fast broadband throughout the building.

The maximum capacity of the building is 110 people. Due to the historic nature of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, there is no lift. The meeting rooms are only accessible by one flight of stairs from the Rows.

Bookings can be made using the form below.

Room 1 has a maximum capacity for 65 people, 45 seated theatre-style. A 75” audio-visual TV monitor, projector screen and laptop stand are available if required free of charge.

Chairs and 4ftx2ft tables are available with extra collapsible 4ft tables available (stored in room 3).

Hire cost: from £20 per hour (see booking form for detail).

Room 2 has a maximum capacity for 45 people standing, 25 seated.

Chairs and collapsible 4ftx2ft tables are available (stored in room 3).

Hire Cost: from £15 per hour. (See booking form for detail.)

Room 3 is available for users of both Rooms 1&2 and can be used as a reception area, for serving food, simply as a break-out room or for a quiet cup of coffee. If you need this room, please agree at the time of booking.

Hire Cost: Free with room hire.

Kitchen facilities are suitable for the preparation of hot and cold drinks, with limited space for the preparation of sandwiches and cold food. There is a refrigerator, small microwave oven, kettle and 3 large thermos flasks, 12 tumblers, 24 china mugs and 48 wine glasses with sufficient plates, cups and saucers for 80 people. If a function in Room 1 requires additional space for food presentation, we recommend Room 2 is also hired. 

Hire Cost: Free with room hire.

History of the Rooms

Room 1 The main features are the ornate seventeenth century plaster ceiling and the impressive fireplace. St Anselm’s Chapel, the bishop’s private chapel, which still survives as part of the cathedral, has a plaster ceiling that is almost identical to the one in this room. This was placed there in the 1620s. The fireplace was installed by the Kilmorey family who bought the house in 1660.

Room 2 This room also has an impressive fireplace and beautiful wood-panelling. There are many interesting motifs including Tudor roses, horses, ship’s wheels and starfish. Around the room is a sea-monster frieze partly hidden by later wooden panelling.  Watergate Street was the main route from the Port of Chester so maritime designs are not unusual in this area.

Illustration: Jay Hurst. (Cards available.)

If you wish to discuss making a visit, please contact Chester Civic Trust on 01244 318415 between 12-2, Monday to Thursday or email

Please check the Booking Calendar for provisional availability and review the Conditions of Room Hire before making a booking.

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