Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth, South Wales. It is a Grade I listed, classically designed building in Agincourt Square at the top of Monnow Street. Shire Hall was the scene of one of the most significant trials in British history when, in 1839/40, John Frost and other Chartists were tried for their involvement in the Chartist Riots in Newport. History at Shire Hall Courtroom 1 has been fully restored to how it looked in the 1840s and is fully interactive, allowing visitors to sit in the Judge’s chair and go down to the holding cells to experience first-hand the unpleasant conditions prisoners of the day had been subjected to. In 2011, the entire building was sympathetically refurbished to provide a modern facility which can accommodate Weddings, business meetings, Conferences, celebrations and exhibitions. Events All of this has been done whilst maintaining the integrity of this historically and architecturally important building. You will feel that you are in a modern, attractive space but will be constantly aware of the vast heritage that The Shire Hall offers. Fast forward to today and Shire Hall hosts an incredibly diverse range of events and groups.
Shire Hall has become a popular Wedding venue Weddings at Shire Hall and has a Wedding license for 3 separate rooms. You can choose just to have your Ceremony or the whole day with us. In fact, we can host any kind of celebration and our lovely rooms are also perfect for birthday and Christening parties. Dinners, Parties & Christenings
As part of our original HLF Funding, we had the benefit of a Learning Manager, Karin Molson. Karin did a fantastic job of creating inspirational and engaging workshops for schoolchildren. These explore Chartism, World War II and Crime and Punishment amongst other subjects. If you would like to find out more please click here Learning Brochure
There are also craft fairs inside in our Community Room on a semi regular basis, especially in the run up to Christmas. Please see our “What’s on” banner to check when the next craft fair is due.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens inside the Shire Hall, we would be delighted to show you! Simply pop in for a wander around or give us a call and we can arrange for one of our knowledgeable guides to give you a guided tour. As part of a guided tour, you can find out more about the Chartist Trials of 1840 by visiting Courtroom 1 and the cells and you will also have the opportunity to see the glorious Henry V wallhanging which adorns Courtroom 2. Tours of The Shire Hall
Monmouth’s Tourist Information Office is based in reception of Shire Hall and is open Monday – Sunday 10am-4pm (subject to change). ( Visitor Information) We are open for private functions and community groups outside of standard opening hours. Please contact us to confirm any special arrangements in advance. The Shire Hall renovation project has included the installation of a lift to allow everyone unrestricted access to all of the building. If you have specific accessibility queries, please get in touch – we will be happy to answer your questions.
With our large, bright and airy rooms we are able to accommodate all sorts of vibrant, local Community Groups too. We are currently proud to be the home of Danceblast , Wye Valley Artists, Wyedean Embroiderers, Gwent Wildlife Trust Winter lectures, Monkey Music and Monmouth Civic Society. For more information on the Community groups that meet at Shire Hall, please click HERE If you’d like to know more about hiring one of our spaces for your community group, please call us on 01600 775257
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