Room Hire: Overview & Terms

The Meeting House provides a flexible venue for recitals, conferences and lectures, and includes a kitchen.

The Meeting House, together with a number of smaller rooms and the garden of 43 St Giles’, can be hired by groups and individuals whose activities are in sympathy with Quaker values. We accept both regular and one-off bookings.

Our rooms accommodate from 2 to 100 people and are suitable for presentations, seminars, training days, and individual and small-group counselling or meditation sessions. We are also happy to host educational visits by groups seeking to find out about the Quaker movement. School groups visiting Oxford are welcome to have their picnic lunch at the Meeting House.

Important note: Room bookings are subject to current Government restrictions and the social distancing capacity in all our rooms. Note that this capacity is less than that stated on these pages. We are maintaining our social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes, and also the wearing of face masks indoors, until such restrictions are lifted.

Our spaces at a glance

To find out more about a particular space, click on its name:

Name of spaceMax. capacityAccessible?
Meeting House100Y
Garden Room25Y
Long Room20N*
Short Room5N*
Retreat Room – Not currently available6N*
Kitchen in 43 St Giles’N/AY
* The Long Room, Short Room and Retreat Room are on the first floor. Access is by stairs only; there is no lift.

For current rates and information on how to book, please see our current Terms and Conditions of Hire.

Key facilities

Technology: Room hire includes use of a flipchart, projector, and screen (but not laptops and cables). Wi-Fi is available throughout the buildings.

Both the Meeting House and the Garden Room have a flat-screen TV with computer attached, so that participants can join your event remotely as well as in person.

The Meeting House is additionally equipped with a film-quality sound system and a hearing loop with microphone and stands.

Accessibility and toilets: The whole ground floor, including toilets, is fully wheelchair-accessible. Toilets are located in both no. 43 and the Meeting House; additionally, the Retreat Room on the first floor has its own toilet.

Catering: Groups may cater for themselves; outside caterers are also welcome. We have two fully equipped kitchens: one in the Meeting House and one attached to the Garden Room. We can provide additional tables for use around the buildings and in the gardens.

Sustainability: As Quakers, we have a commitment to reduce food waste and encourage as much recycling as possible. We provide bags and bins accordingly, and ask large groups to take their waste home.