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Bath Assembly Rooms

Distance from the centre of Bath: 0.59 miles
Bath Assembly Rooms
  • Historic and important wedding venue situated in the centre of Bath
  • Licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies
  • Maximum formal reception dining capacity (in a single room) - 310 guests
  • Maximum civil wedding ceremony capacity - 500 guests
  • Bath Fashion Museum also available for pre- or post-ceremony drinks reception

If you're looking to host a sizeable wedding in elegant traditional surroundings, The Assembly Rooms, Georgian Bath's largest indoor space, is absolutely ideal. With a number of smaller rooms and an ample range of facilities at your disposal, this wonderfully atmospheric civic building is equally suited to more intimate weddings.

Be married in the venerable building that has such central cultural significance within this historic spa city - the Assembly Rooms' Ball Room and Octagon are mentioned in the world-renowned Jane Austen novels of the Regency period, and a generation later by the great Victorian writer Charles Dickens.

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  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath
  • Assembly Rooms - Venue - Bath

History

This Grade I-listed building was designed in 1769 by John Wood the Younger - the architect behind the magnificent structure that is the Bath Royal Crescent. The Bath Assembly Rooms, like many other similar establishments in the UK, was originally intended to host large social events for the upper echelons of the city's society - and more specifically a potential marriage-mart for eligible bachelors and their (suitably chaperoned) female counterparts to meet!

Featuring numerous times in Jane Austen's novels, particularly Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and in some of Charles Dickens' works, this really is a special place to get married, and is a true testament to Bath as a wedding destination. Since their Georgian and Regency heyday, The Assembly Rooms have been variously used as a lecture hall, concert hall and cinema, but in the 1940s suffered massive damage due to incendiary bombing. Extensively restored, today it houses Bath Fashion Museum, a representative collection of historic modes of dress from the 16th century onwards.

"In the ball-room, the long card-room, the octagonal card-room, the staircases, and the passages, the hum of many voices, and the sound of many feet, were perfectly bewildering. Dresses rustled, feathers waved, lights shone, and jewels sparkled."

Charles Dickens, 'Pickwick Papers', 1837

Large and Historic Rooms

This incredible civic building is quite unmatched in its splendour. From the stunning, marble-arched entrance vestibule to the magnificent 18th-century chandelier in the Ball Room, this venue is elegant, sumptuous and beautiful throughout.

Ball Room

First, we must mention the grandiose Ball Room, the largest indoor space from the Georgian era within the city. Ideal for weddings of any size, and being fully licensed to host civil ceremonies, it's able to accommodate a whopping 500 guests! There is also a small adjacent annexe which is perfect for use as a green room or coatroom.

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 310 Guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 500 Guests

Drinks Reception Capacity - 400 Guests

Tea Room

Probably the most popular room with brides, grooms and sundry event organisers, this high-ceilinged room features Italianate pillars, and all the splendour that the rest of the building (and indeed most of Bath) contains. Viewers who followed the BBC's programme The Great British Menu may well recognise this interior from the show's final banquet - which Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended.

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 170 Guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 250 Guests

Drinks Reception Capacity - 300 Guests

The Octagon Card Room

This geometrically-designed, perfectly-proportioned chamber used to be known as the (Octagonal) Card Room, and showcases four mantelpieces - ideal for adorning with flowers or other decorative displays. The four alternating walls - which don't feature mantelpieces - instead have doors leading into the surrounding rooms, and The Octagon itself is painted a warming golden yellow.

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 120 Guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

Drinks Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

The Card Room

The Card Room was created as an addition to the original building in 1777, and lies just beyond The Octagon. This long and decorative room houses a bar, and would make a perfect drinks reception area or evening celebration venue. However, The Assembly Rooms' licence to host ceremonies does not currently extend to this room.

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 60 Guests

Drinks Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

The Fashion Museum

The Bath Fashion Museum houses a representative collection of fashionable dress dating from the 16th century onwards, and is available for drinks receptions - ideal for a pre-dinner congregation of up to 150 people.

Drinks Reception Capacity - 150 Guests

Catering

With an excellent and experienced exclusive caterer ready at hand, The Assembly Rooms present a perfect wedding reception venue in the very heart of Bath. Take a look at a sample menu on their website via the contact details above - where you can also see the venue's special offers.

Address
Bath Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
Bath
BA1 2QH

What our customers say

  • Liz - 2016

    I just wanted to thank you and everyone involved with the Wedding Reception for my daughter, Emily, and her husband, James…You were extremely helpful during the planning stages of the wedding. I really appreciate the discussions we had with you and the advice you gave us regarding the many aspects of the event. We were thrilled with the venue, and our guests, many from overseas, were totally enchanted by the historical beauty of the Assembly Rooms. The Tea Room looked stunning with its glittering chandeliers, tables set so beautifully, amazing floral arrangements and the light effects. It was truly wonderful! All the staff involved were extremely pleasant and efficient. We felt well looked after throughout the evening. Many guests commented on the warm welcome at the door, the efficiency of the waiters and the skill of the chef in producing such a delicious meal for so many people.

  • Steve - 2015

    I can’t fully express my thanks for what you did to help make Hilary’s wedding the success it was. EVERYONE had a good time, no small thanks to you both making every detail look easy, and Caro, I know you never said no to any of my requests, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Gemma - 2015

    I know everyone says it’s the best day of their lives, but it was and this is down to the beautiful venue, amazing staff and perfect food. You don’t deliver a wedding you deliver an experience of a lifetime!

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