The Devon and Exeter Institution - unique venue hire in the heart of the city
The Devon and Exeter Institution is a unique and inspiring venue; whether you are looking for a great meeting space or a special back drop to lift your evening event, our wonderful building cannot fail to impress.
The delightful galleried Georgian libraries are available to hire for evening events and our characterful meeting rooms to the front of the building have views overlooking the Cathedral.
We provide the modern facilities and the services you would expect, but within a beautiful and historic setting that will really set your events apart from the crowd.
The Institution has been in the heart of Exeter for more than 200 years, it’s historic library and collections form the heart of the Institution. To make the most of your time with us we have developed some unique optional extras which enable you to maximise the impact of hosting your event in such a special location.
A guided tour break for meetings – a member of our staff or volunteer team will show you around our wonderful building, giving you a little history of the building and the Institution along the way.
Collection displays – we offer delightful curated displays from our diverse collections to complement any event.
Talks – we can expand your event programme with a talk on the Institution, our historic collection or on a number of other subjects.
Evening hire events
Evening hire of our galleried Georgian libraries is available between 5.00 – 10.00pm and suitable as a wonderful back drop for networking business events, lectures and presentations. Located right in the heart of the city, our impressive building and evocative atmosphere, make events held here unique and memorable.
Events can be self catered with kitchen, crockery and cutlery, and glass hire all available or can be catered, please see the refreshments section below.
“I would like it recorded that the launch party the DEI staff organised and held for the Exeter Literary Festival 2019 was magnificent. The invitations, planning, welcome, ambience, timing and food all contributed to a very successful evening and gave a good start for the second ExeLitFest. A huge thanks to all those involved.”
Maggie Bonfield, Director Exeter Literary Festival on behalf of the Steering Group
“Inspiring location, friendly welcome and excellent service, coupled with the fascinating historical tour of the building, made our away day a huge success and enjoyable experience.”
Thomas McWilliams, Refinitiv
“We all had a wonderful evening at the DEI. Thank you for your excellent hospitality on Wednesday. The feedback from clients has been extremely positive, particularly on the venue.”
Denis Oppong, Chartered FCSI, Redmayne Bentley LLP
|Reading Room||Elegant Georgian room, overlooking the Cathedral with space for 12 boardroom, 20 café style.||£65 half day
£100 full day
|Stirling Room||Working studio space, overlooking the Cathedral. Space for 8 boardroom. Monday only||£45 half day
£75 full day
|Lancaster Room||Small office, space for 4 boardroom. Wednesday and Thursday only.||£50 daily|
|Outer Library||Galleried Georgian Library, space for 45 lecture style or 55 standing. Evening only.||£145|
|Outer and Inner Library||When refreshments are being served. Evening only.||£160|
|Projector and screen||£15||Wine glass hire||£25|
|Flip chart and pens||FOC||Crockery/cutlery hire||£25|
|Coffee/tea per person per serving||£2||Kitchen hire||£30|
|Talks and collection displays||POA||Guided tours per person||£4|
If you would like a buffet lunch with your meeting or canapes with your networking event we use and recommend Tea on the Green for outside catering requirements. They combine delicious food and excellent service and are familiar with our building. For enquiries please contact Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01392 276913.
If you wish to arrange your own catering, we also offer kitchen hire, crockery, cutlery and wine glass hire.
Due to the age and nature of our building the Institution is not fully accessible throughout. The ground floor Libraries and toilets are fully wheelchair accessible, but the meeting rooms are all accessed via stairs or steps.
The Devon and Exeter Institution are committed to improving access within the building and thanks to our recent successful NHLF bid “The Next Chapter”, we are hoping to be able to install a lift which will enable access to the first floor rooms. We are currently in the development stage of this project, which will take several years to reach fruition, but we look forward to providing greatly improved access in the future.
Making a booking
Please complete our booking form below. If you have any queries, or would like a paper copy of the form, please contact Ceri McWilliams on 01392 274727 or contact us via email.
*In order to protect the unique and vulnerable nature of our building and collection we reserve the right to refuse bookings that do not meet with our charitable objects or that we do not deem suitable.