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!

History

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.

Ceremonies

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!

Off-peak hire - from £880

Peak time hire - from £1016

Receptions

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.

Winter Package

Starting from the 1st of November, indulge in this option:

  • Hire of the Temple of Minerva for 4 hours to hold your ceremony and drinks reception
  • Furnishings for your ceremony
  • Complimentary glass of prosecco for each guest
  • Service staff and glassware for your drinks reception
  • Access to the gardens to have photos with your wedding party
  • A spa day for the Wedding couple at Bath Thermae Spa

Rates

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.

Full-day rates

Off-peak hire - £2200

Peak time hire - £2540

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.

Address
Botanical Gardens
Royal Victoria Park
Bath
BA1 2YA

Reviews

  • Rachel and Mike - July 2018

    Just perfect for our intimate wedding, beautiful surroundings, friendly and helpful staff and at a good price. We hired for four hours, had our ceremony in the lovely temple with beautiful piano music playing then on to the lawn for drinks, a sit down buffet and lawn games whilst a wonderful harpist played, a perfect day

  • Paul & Charlotte - June 2018

    Just a quick message to thank you for all your help for our wedding day. We had such a great time at the Botanical Gardens and the staff were a great help.

  • Gary & Victoria - July 2018

    We had a wonderful day, with everything going off as planned. Everything was as we had agreed thank you, and went off without a hitch.
    The venue itself was exactly what we had hoped it would be, and we will certainly recommend it to any other couple looking for somewhere to get married.

  • Rachel & Mike - July 2018

    Our day was perfect so thank you to you and the team.

  • Laura & Alistair - July 2018

    Thank you so much and for everything you did in the run up and on the day, it really couldn’t have been any better.

  • Amy & Charlotte - July 2018

    Thank you so much for making our day as special as possible yesterday! We had a wonderful day and the garden looked lovely, thank you for all of your help for these past few months too!

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