Location: Bath
Venues Guildhall
Guildhall
  • Stunning and splendid wedding ceremony and reception venue in the heart of Bath
  • Get married in a Grade I-Listed 18th-century civic building
  • Maximum reception capacity - 200 guests
  • Maximum civil ceremony capacity - 360 guests
  • Seasonal discounts available - see below

The Guildhall in all its successive incarnations has represented the centre of Bath's commerce and trade for well over 500 years, and continues to do so to the present day. Residents and visitors alike are familiar with the spectacular Georgian building presently occupying the site housing a wide selection of the area's most interesting permanent market-stalls and businesses. However, fewer people are aware of what the upper floor of the Guildhall contains.

The Guildhall is home to Bath's Register Office, and presents a number of hireable rooms in which to host your wedding celebration. This popular venue is situated in a Grade I-listed building - a designation granted exclusively to buildings of the utmost importance, placing the Guildhall into the same select category as Stonehenge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Royal Crescent, Longleat House and many more.

Get in touch with Lizzie from Bath's Historic Venues to find out more or arrange a detailed consultation. To do this, just click the 'Email this business' button above, or reveal the telephone number and give her a call.

History

The Guildhall has hundreds of years of history etched into its foundations. Close to Bath Abbey, the site was once occupied by a Stuart Guildhall, built back in 1625 and replacing an earlier Tudor structure. Modernisation and the construction of a further building was undertaken by skilled architect Thomas Baldwin in 1775, transforming the central courtyard into an open-air market. The Guildhall was subsequently roofed, and ancillary wings were eventually added towards the end of the 19th century.

Originally intended as a public marketplace, it is still being used as such to this very day! Housing some of Bath's foremost smaller businesses and artisan stallholders, there's not much that you can't find under the incredible Victorian cast-iron roof.

Facilities

The Guildhall contains a number of hireable events spaces, each of which oozes with history, civic pride and elegance. Indeed, the official English Heritage Gateway listing for the Guildhall states that the interior is 'of considerable splendour and quality'!

The Banqueting Room

Ascend the elegant wrought-iron 'Grand Staircase' and you will discover the largest and grandest of all the spaces within the Guildhall, The Banqueting Room. This vast area is fit for royalty, and in fact, the Queen visited and dined in this spectacular room during her 2002 Jubilee tour. Imagine you and your guests indulging in your wedding breakfast under the impressive 18th-century chandeliers and the intricate Georgian plasterwork ceiling. The Banqueting Room is also licensed to host civil ceremonies.

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 200 Guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 360 Guests

Aix-en-Provence Room

In close proximity to The Banqueting Room, the smaller Aix-en-Provence Room is ideal for drinks receptions or as a bar area. If you are looking for an intimate - yet splendid - space for your civil wedding ceremony, this room would be perfect too!

Formal Reception Dining Capacity - 50 Guests

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 50 Guests

Brunswick Room

This space is located on the ground floor and would be great for a drinks reception, or even for your wedding ceremony.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

Drinks Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

Kaposvar and Brydon Rooms

Head back upstairs to the upper floor and you will find the more intimate Kaposvar and Brydon Rooms. These spaces are often used for wedding drinks receptions, before the guests are ushered into The Banqueting Room for the formal reception meal. However, they are not licensed for the conduct of civil wedding ceremonies.

Drinks Reception Capacity - 80 Guests

Catering and Special Offers

The Guildhall accepts a list of approved external caterers, the likes of which include Fosters Event Catering, Dine With Style and Nibbled Catering.

If you specifically wish to use a company who are not on the list, you will be required to pay a small additional fee, and the caterers themselves must adhere to the terms and conditions laid down by the Guildhall management.

Address
The Guildhall
High Street
Bath
BA1 5AW

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