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Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

Celebrate your wedding day in style at the University of Winchester.

Facilities and capacity

The West Downs Business School is a Grade II listed Victorian building and is the perfect setting offering style, charm and character for up to 150 guests. With beautiful archways and colourful plants climbing the historic stone walls, this venue offers an ideal setting for couples who want a traditional and elegant arrival and back drop. We offer two historic and elegant rooms within our venue; the Shakespeare room and the Ceremony room. Picture, beautiful oak panelling, a restored parquet wooden floor and raised gallery offering a stunning backdrop as you enter your wedding breakfast, sweeping down the grand staircase as the newly announced Mr & Mrs.

If a modern, contemporary and stylish atmosphere appeals to you, the Dining Hall is a bright, light and inviting space for your big day. Ideal for larger weddings with up to 200 guests, the Dining Hall is a fantastic setting for your wedding breakfast. For your evening reception you have the choice of staying in this spacious room or moving to our unique Vault Venue, which offers the perfect party atmosphere.

Services offered

You will be given the full support and advice of an experienced events team who will be delighted to share in making this the celebration of a lifetime. With the expert services of their flexible and adaptable catering team, your wedding feast is bound to be one of the highlights of the day. They work exclusively with the best of locally sourced producers and have a strictly ethical approach to the food that is provided.

Please get in touch for more details about holding your big day at the University of Winchester.

Wedding receptions for up to 200
Civil Ceremony Licence
Award-winning menus
Exclusive use available
Atrium Style Venue
Vault Venue available
Experienced wedding co-ordinator and catering team


Testimonials for University of Winchester Testimonials for University of Winchester
Kerianne and Daniel

"The University of Winchester (West Downs Campus Business School) stood out beyond the rest. Many friends have chosen some of the beautiful barns and hotels in the surrounding area but the University stood out to us because no one else we knew had got married there, we could have the ceremony and reception in one building and the rooms are gorgeous and full of history."

Kerianne and Daniel, Married in August 2017


Maddie and Mark

"From the first time we visited just over a year ago and met you we knew we were in good hands. You are unflappable, diplomatic, enthusiastic and flexible. The reception last Saturday went like a dream and met, and in many instances, exceeded our expectations. We had so many compliments from our guests about the delicious meal and the beautiful venue. It was certainly a class act."

Maddie and Mark, Married in August 2016


Nicola and Harvey

"We were so impressed with the venue on the day. All the staff were so friendly and approachable. The food was fantastic! We found that everything went very smoothly and if there were any problems (which there weren't!), we felt that we could easily approach a member of staff and ask. You're brilliant at your job and made us feel at ease with everything that was planned!"

Nicola and Harvey, Married in August 2016