North Tyneside historic venue granted wedding licence for unique ceremonies

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The Exchange 1856 recently had a seven-figure transformation.

A historic North Tyneside venue has been granted a wedding licence by North Tyneside Council.

The Exchange 1856, which is located on Howard Street at the heart of the Cultural Quarter, has now been granted a licence for wedding ceremonies, making it North Tyneside’s newest wedding venue.

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The Victorian venue which is known for being an architectural landmark, has recently undergone a seven-figure refurbishment, while still retaining its original character. 

Features such as fireplaces, ornate architraves and stained-glass windows have been restored, while brand-new high quality fixtures and fittings including new flooring and panelling have been added.

Three rooms in The Exchange 1856 have been approved for future wedding ceremonies for couples searching for a unique, historic venue to tie the knot. 

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The ceremony rooms include a light-filled loft space with views of the sea, the auditorium which has a stage and a bar which is ideal for larger weddings, and the historically significant Thomas Brown room which is a smaller, intimate space. 

As well as the rooms, there are also a range of newly refurbished event spaces that can be used to host wedding breakfasts and evening receptions, with a range of food and drinks packages to choose from for the big day.


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Colette Malik, head of weddings at The Exchange 1856, said: “We are delighted to have finally been granted our licence to hold wedding ceremonies within The Exchange 1856.

“This building was used for weddings in the past and we know many local couples were married here so it has a sentimental place in the community’s heart. It’s wonderful to bring the wedding ceremony option back again for local people and we’re sure they’ll be blown away by what we have on offer. Stunning architecture, a rich local history and fabulous food, all in the centre of town. And because we are a new venue, we still have some available dates at short notice for those looking to get married this year.”

To find out more and to book a visit, please visit The Exchange 1856 website.

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