Historic Cloth Hall Court unveiled as new University events venue


A new multi-purpose corporate and private events venue in the heart of the city has been unveiled by the University of Leeds.

The Grade II listed Cloth Hall Court was originally constructed for the trade of ‘Yorkshire Broadcloths’ – cheap yet good quality cloths, which were produced in Leeds and the surrounding areas. 

In its heyday, the building housed 1,770 stalls for merchants to display their goods. It laid the foundations for the city to gain its status as a global centre for commerce and trade in textiles.

Its colourful history continued more recently – in 2020 it was named as one of ten ‘Nightingale Courts’ around the UK which opened to help the justice system cope with a backlog of criminal cases which had built up during the pandemic.

As an events space, the building’s rich historical significance has been preserved and fused with state-of-the art technical facilities. Located on Quebec Street near Leeds railway station, it features nine event spaces of varying sizes situated over four floors, and can accommodate 300 delegates with both in-person, virtual and hybrid events. 

We’re thrilled to launch another exciting addition to our extensive venue portfolio. Increasingly, planners are looking to source venues that deliver on sustainability and ethical responsibility.

Sam Glenister-Batey, Head of Conferences and Events at the University of Leeds

Sam added: “Cloth Hall Court – with its prime location, and venue hire revenue directly supporting one of the UK’s leading institutions for higher education, delivers on these objectives. We’re proud to be further contributing to Leeds’ world-class offering for conferences and events.”

Claire Heap, Visitor Economy Manager at Conference Leeds added: “It’s hugely exciting to see the return of Cloth Hall Court to the city’s conference venue portfolio, especially at a time when the city’s meeting and events sector is enjoying significant success. Located in the heart of the city centre, Cloth Hall’s dedicated multi-purpose event spaces will offer event organisers many options for their conferences and events, whilst at the same time offering delegates a chance to enjoy the vibrancy of the city.”   

The University of Leeds Conference and Events has an extensive portfolio of venues for conferences, meetings and events in Leeds city centre. Read more about the spaces here. 

For more information please email Corporate Communications officer, Becky Pascoe on r.pascoe@leeds.ac.uk