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Garden Place - a large paved and grassy space - is the hub of the central business district and home to Hamilton’s central library.


It’s a popular meeting place, and a place for events and activities, demonstrations, holiday programmes, and busking. It has a walkway to the river.


Historically, Garden Place was a hill with a garden when the village of Hamilton was founded in 1864. It then became a carpark, and in the early 1970s the car park became Garden Place.


Garden Place is a free wifi hotspot and can hold up to 4000 people for a range of events.


We don’t encourage the sale or giveaway of food at events here because of the existing food retailers in and around Garden Place.


Toilets nearby

No on-site parking

- event organisers can drive temporarily into Garden Place to load and unload equipment.

Existing food retailers

Paved space and grassy area

Wifi hotspot 

Suitable for

Art and light installations


Ensure you have a current busking permit




Holiday programmes

Pop-up markets

Booking enquiry

You can book any venue or location listed here for a big or small event.

If you’re planning an event with any of items listed below, you’ll need to apply for an event permit:

● inflatables e.g. bouncy castle
● amusement devices
● more than 100 people
● food stalls
● bands/DJs
● marquee
● stage
● ​road closure.

You do not need an event permit if you are planning a casual event that will not include any of the above. However, you will need to apply to book a park or reserve for your casual event.

Apply for an event permit

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