Venues Botanical Gardens And The Temple Of Minerva
Botanical  Gardens And The Temple Of Minerva
  • Get married in Bath's Botanical Gardens
  • Tie the knot in the Temple Of Minerva
  • Grade II-listed, licensed for ceremonies
  • 35 guests, but more outside in fair weather
  • Botanical Gardens receptions for up to 100
  • You provide your own marquee, etc
  • Insurance needed, including public liability
  • Performing licence required for live music

Originally opened in 1830 by the Duchess of Kent, accompanied by Princess Victoria, her young daughter, Victoria Park is a truly stunning green haven within the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath. As of 2013, parts of the park have been officially licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies, in particular the stunning, bijou Temple Of Minerva, found in the very special Botanical Gardens.

Located in the Northwest section of Victoria Park, a designated area of the Botanical Gardens can now host receptions for up to 100 guests. The Grade II-listed, eco-friendly Temple Of Minerva is licensed for civil ceremonies with up to 35 guests inside, and even more can be accommodated outside if the weather is fine!


The Grade II-listed Botanical Gardens' Temple of Minerva was first commissioned and built by Alfred J. Taylor for display at the 1924 Wembley British Empire Exhibition. It was intended as an advert for the City of Bath, the healing quality of its Spa waters.

In 1926 it was brought to Bath (presumably stone by stone) and reconstructed within the Botanical Gardens, which in turn were re-landscaped to accommodate and showcase the bijou Temple.

Today, the Temple Of Minerva has been transformed into one of Britain's most eco-friendly heated monuments, with an extremely sophisticated computer-controlled heat-exchange system, calling to mind the original Roman inspiration, the underfloor hypocaust.


The Temple Of Minerva is licensed to host civil ceremonies, and can seat up to 35 guests within its perfectly proportioned atrium.

If the weather is good, then you can easily accommodate more guests by arranging chairs in front of the temple facing in, with yourself and your partner facing out - a perfect outdoor wedding!


Then invite your guests to wander through to your reserved part of the Botanical Gardens for the reception. You're very welcome to enjoy drinks and canapés here or even your formal wedding breakfast if you can provide a marquee or other such structure.


The team understand that every wedding is unique and so offer no set packages. Instead, the venue is offered at an hourly rate. You are able to book a minimum of four hours.

Rates from £860

Get in touch with a member of the team at the Events Office in order to find out further details about hosting your entire wedding celebration in the magical Bath Botanical Gardens.

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