Both Thomas Prior Hall and Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge are steeped in history. This unique establishment has undergone some refurbishments and seen several changes in ownership over the years but many of the original fittings and features are still in place.

The Masonic Girl’s School

The building originally opened as a masonic girl’s school in the 1880s by The M.F.O.S. In the early 70s, it was bought by the Royal Dublin Society and it was renamed Thomas Prior House after one of their founding members. It was then bought by Burt Allen in the late eighties and converted to Bewley’s Hotel over the last number of years.

Moran Hotel Group Acquisition

In 2008 The Moran Hotel Group bought all Bewley’s Hotels in the UK and Ireland. Work began straight away in restoring the assembly hall, now known as Thomas Prior Hall. In September 2008 Thomas Prior Hall was launched with the filming of the final episode of “The Apprentice” and has been an extremely popular venue due to its uniqueness ever since.

Dalata Hotel Group Acquisition

In 2015, Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge became Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge as part of Dalata Hotel Group and has since upgraded from a 3-star hotel to a 4-star hotel. This was following refurbishments in the lobby area and bedrooms in late 2014. Further improvements are ongoing and will continue to take place over the coming years. Thomas Prior Hall still offers its beautiful venue and outstanding service to future couples.

2016 Refurbishment

In 2016, Thomas Prior Hall underwent some beautiful refurbishments whilst still keeping its history and character. These include a stylish contemporary bar area, a mobile dance floor, blackout blinds, an advanced PA system, inbuilt lighting systems, air conditioning units, and a unique mantle hearth.


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