The Usher Gallery

Opened in 1927, the Usher Gallery provides a unique wedding location in the heart of the city, offering an experience your guests will always remember. Local businessman and philanthropist James Ward Usher left considerable funds to build the gallery after his death in 1921. It was officially opened in May 1927 by the then Prince of Wales, Edward VIII.

Wedding ceremonies take place in the gallery on the ground floor, transforming into a stunning venue for couples to tie the knot.

Entering through the original entrance brings you and your guests into the stunning hallway and sweeping staircase providing that perfect photo opportunity.

An alternative accessible entrance to the gallery takes guests through a glass pavilion that provides excellent views of Temple Gardens.

The room can accommodate 80 guests and is open for free viewings from Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm. We also offer open days for couples to see the space configured as pictured.

Ceremony bookings at the Usher Gallery include:

  • The hire of the room and the Registrars to perform your ceremony.
  • The ceremony room is decorated in a contemporary style. Because the Usher Gallery is a working art gallery, we do not offer customisation options for the room. Still, we offer plenty of options for the ceremony to make it a special and meaningful celebration.
  • You will be allocated one hour thirty minutes to two hours as part of your booking, which includes thirty minutes before the start to allow your guests to arrive, take their seats and enjoy the surroundings. Your ceremony will last around thirty minutes, during which time the Registrars will conduct a custom ceremony with options for music and readings. You will also have an hour after your ceremony for photo opportunities in the gallery and use of the Temple Gardens.
  • You will have access to a modern sound system to allow music to accompany your ceremony.
  • We will provide access outside the venue for your bridal car to pull up to help you arrive in style!
  • The art gallery will remain open to the public during your ceremony. However, the ceremony room is closed to visitors for the duration of your booking.
  • As part of your booking, you will receive regular contact from our Ceremonies Team to answer any questions. 

For any questions, please email:

Book the Usher Gallery

The Usher Gallery is available for ceremonies on special days throughout the year.

We offer timings of 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm for ceremonies for up to two ceremonies on each of the following dates:


  • May 11, 12, 13, 20, 30
  • June 1, 2, 3, 10, 30
  • July 1
  • August 10, 11, 12, 17, 26, 31
  • September 1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 16
  • October 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21


  • February 15, 16, 17
  • March 28, 30, 31
  • April 26, 27, 28
  • May 16, 17, 18
  • June 20, 21, 22
  • July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
  • August 22, 23, 24, 25
  • September 4, 5, 6, 7
  • October 17, 18, 19
  • November 7, 8, 9
  • December 19, 20, 21


  • February 13, 14, 15
  • March 27, 28, 29
  • April 24, 25, 26
  • May 22, 23, 24
  • June 19, 20, 21
  • July 24, 25, 26
  • August 21, 22, 23
  • September 18, 19, 20
  • October 16, 17, 18
  • November 6, 7, 8
  • December 18, 19, 20

Book a civil ceremony

Open mornings

Registrars will be available at the Usher Gallery between 10am and 12pm on the following dates to meet with couples and answer any questions they may have.

  • Saturday 13 May 2023
  • Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Saturday 1 July 2023
  • Saturday 26 August 2023
  • Saturday 16 September 2023
  • Saturday 21 October 2023

In addition, a member of our ceremonies team can be available to attend viewings with couples on other days when the gallery is open.

Please email for more information.

Ceremony Fees


  • Thursday: £925
  • Friday and Saturday: £980


  • Thursday: £950
  • Friday and Saturday: £1000

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions will apply to ceremonies at the Usher Gallery.

  • There are no customisation options for the room itself, and the ceremony offer is as pictured, providing a contemporary style.
  • Only artificial silk flowers may be used in the venue. Displays must not include real flowers, dried flowers, berries, grapes or soft fruit. These may stain the surfaces in the venue and attract pests, which cause damage to collections.
  • Confetti of any kind is not permitted indoors. Bio-degradable confetti is allowed outside the venue.
  • Bookings include access for the bridal car to the grounds; no other parking is available, but there are public car parks close by.
  • Please be aware that animals are not permitted (assistance animals are excluded)
  • Food and drink are not permitted at The Usher Gallery.
  • Photography is allowed in Gallery 1, Entrance Hall, Stairwell and Upper Landing, but flash photography is not permitted. Close-up shots of the collections are not allowed. There may be restrictions on photographing some artworks due to copyright restrictions, which will be explained in advance. There should be no trailing leads.
  • Helium balloons and bubbles are not permitted in the venue; they can cause damage to our collections.
  • Candles with naked flames are not permitted within the venue. Battery powered candles (LED) are used, and we provide these for the lanterns pictured.
  • Smoking is not permitted indoors.
  • Smoke machines are not permitted in the venue; this may cause damage and increase risks to collections.
  • Dancing is not permitted in the Usher Gallery; this may cause vibrations and undue risks to the collections.

Guests must use the cloakroom or coat racks provided. Wet coats and umbrellas are not permitted in the ceremony rooms or galleries.