About Adelaide Town Hall

An icon of Adelaide

The Adelaide Town Hall is a significant icon in the history of South Australia.

Both the striking physical presence and social importance are admired by residents and visitors.

Built in 1866, the Adelaide Town Hall’s external façade was made using local South Australian materials including Tea Tree Gully freestone and Dry Creek bluestone. The internal building features some of Adelaide’s finest examples of Victorian architecture. It is these qualities that make it such a unique and iconic location in Adelaide.

Archive photo of Adelaide Town Hall exterior in 1866
External view of Adelaide Town hall at dusk

Today, the Adelaide Town Hall’s Council and civic rooms are still used to make important decisions by the City of Adelaide as well as host Lord Mayoral receptions.

The Colonel Light Room serves as the Council’s main committee room, while the Council Chamber is used for meeting of Council and other formal special occasions. The Queen Adelaide Room is used for Lord Mayoral receptions and other functions hosted by the City of Adelaide.

The Adelaide Town Hall has always been a place of the people.

There are seven beautiful and historic rooms available for the public to hire and host events in. With exquisite architecture, a convenient city location, and a team of dedicated and passionate event staff, the Adelaide Town Hall is the perfect backdrop to any event.

A yellow and white themed wedding setting in the Auditorium

Famous Visitors

The Adelaide Town Hall has a rich history of famous visitors. In 1964, The Beatles stood on the Balcony waving to their 350,000 adoring fans. In 1983, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales visited the Adelaide Town Hall and they too greeted crowds from the Balcony. In 2013, 700 people gathered in the Auditorium to hear from His Holiness the Dalai Lama during captivating presentation.

Archive image of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the Balcony
ATH Organ2

Pipe Organ

The Adelaide Town Hall holds a celebrity in its own right – the $1.3 million J.W Walker & Sons Organ. Installed in 1990, organists from around the world relish the opportunity to play the organ. Free community organ concerts are now held regularly.