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Museum Hire Facilities

Our impressive Grade II listed Museum is located near Torquay harbour and the Clocktower, minutes away from the town centre.

The Museum offers a unique location for conferences, meetings and events and has a choice of 3 rooms to meet a wide range of needs; from a small boardroom meeting to an auditorium seating 130 with high-spec presentation facilities.

The whole Museum is available for hire but only on days in which the Museum is not open to the public (please see museum opening times) with quotes given on a booking-by-booking basis.

Pengelly Hall

Pengelly Hall has the ability to seat 130 using tiered theatre-style seating. This is our largest room and is a flexible space with multiple uses.

A mobile stage adds further flexibility for presentations and the room comes equipped with AV equipment, including audio loop. The room has a folding, acoustic partition, allowing the space to be divided into two sections for smaller meetings or seminar groups.

Used without the seating, Pengelly Hall is an ideal exhibition space or perfect for a formal dinner for larger numbers.

Pengelly Hall is available: 11th March - 24th June & 16th Nov – 31st Dec 2024

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Forbes Julian Room

This wonderful atmospheric room, lined with Victorian glass-fronted bookcases, is ideal for smaller meetings.

This room can seat between 15 and 25 people and can also be used for receptions.

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The Library

The Local Studies or Old Library room (8m x 8m) is a beautiful room lined with books giving a real alternative room for small meetings and gatherings for community groups.

The room will hold up to 60 people depending on whether it is a formal meeting or a presentation.




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Pengelly's Cafe can create a simple buffet for your event. 

Catering Prices
Tea, Coffee, Biscuits £4 per person and service
Buffet £12.50 per person*





*Please note all catering is subject to availability and quotes depend on the cost of food as requested by client.


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2024 Room Hire Costings 
Full Corporate Rate Pengelly Hall Forbes Julian Room The Library
Full Day £380 £140 £190
Half Day £250 £100 £130
Evening £600 £200 £300





Special Corporate Rate Pengelly Hall Forbes Julian Room The Library
Full Day £350 £100 £140
Half Day £180 £70 £110
Evening £500 £200 £200






Community Rate Pengelly Hall Forbes Julian Room The Library
Full Day £160 £80 £110
Half Day £110 £50 £80
Evening £250 £110 £150


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Terms and Conditions

Please note we are a Charity!

If you give less than 2 working days' notice of cancellation, you will be charged 20% of the hire fee and full cost of catering.

If you give less than 24 hours' notice of cancellation you will be charged 100% of the hire cost and catering.

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Our Museum team is here to help you in any way we can and we will work with you to make sure that your event is a success from start to finish. If you would like to come and visit the Museum and conference facilities to see what a great venue it could be for your next event then contact us on 01803 293975 or by email on [email protected].

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