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Botanical  Gardens And The Temple Of Minerva

Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Minerva

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Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Minerva

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  • Get married in Bath's Botanical Gardens
  • Tie the knot in the Temple Of Minerva
  • Grade II-listed, licensed for ceremonies and partnerships
  • 35 guests indoors, and 65 guests on the terrace
  • Botanical Gardens receptions for up to 100
  • Marquee options available
  • Insurance needed, including public liability
  • Dog friendly wedding venue

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, open up the triple doors for an additional 65 seats on the terrace.

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 partnerships, 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 £970

Peak time hire - from £1120

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 with a marquee or other such structure.

Bijou ceremony package - £750

Perfect for couples dreaming of an intimate ceremony with only their nearest and dearest surrounding them.

This is available Monday to Wednesday (9am- 3pm) with up to six guests. Includes:

  • Hire of the Temple for two hours (for ceremony and drinks reception)
  • Furniture for your ceremony
  • Temple Decor
  • Two parking spaces allocated for the day
  • Glass of prosecco for each guest
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator on site

*The Registrars will need to be booked separately from Bath and North East Somerset Registration Service and a separate fee will apply.
*This package is not available on bank holidays.
*One of the allocated parking spaces will be required by the Registrars for the duration of the ceremony

Minerva’s Winter Package - £850

Starting from the 1st of November - 31st March, 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
  • A spa day for the Wedding couple at Bath Thermae Spa - this can be taken pre or post wedding ceremony.
Rates

A full day hire provides you with access to your private area within the Botanical Gardens from 7am until midnight to hold your ceremony in the Temple, drinks reception on the Temple Lawn and the Lower Lawn to set up a marquee for your wedding breakfast.

Full-day rates

Off-peak hire - £2425

Peak time hire - £2800

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

  • Tracy and Matt - October 2020

    Thank you so so much for Saturday, it was just perfect. We had the most amazing day and the temple was just perfect, you were awesome and so organised and chilled.

    We both said we actually wouldn’t had changed a thing, it was lovely in Bath too. People in the street were just clapping and cheering everywhere we went! It was joyous to share happy celebrations at this time tricky time.

    Thank you again

  • Melissa & Ben - October 2020

    First, thank you so much for helping us have the most wonderful wedding day. Ben and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. You and your team were amazing from start to finish and I know this was pivotal to how much we enjoyed ourselves.

    Thank you for your generosity, flexibility, support and general kindness. It really means a great deal to us.

    Thanks again for your amazing hospitality. We are so glad we decided to get married at the temple and loved our intimate wedding. It was better than we could have hoped and we wouldn't change it for anything.

  • Chloe- September 2020

    We had a wonderful day, everyone loved the temple and the garden. Thank you for all your help last minute, it turned out perfectly. Many thanks.

  • Karen & Christopher - September 2020

    Amazing from start to finish. Jess is fantastic. Could not wish for more.

  • Paul & Georgie - September 2020

    Jess made the whole planning process a breeze, providing regular updates and putting us at ease with different plans depending on what COVID guidelines were in place. On the day, the temple was exactly what we had in mind for our special day. The lawn area was perfect for our picnic and the botanical gardens provided a beautiful backdrop for our photographs.

  • Tim & Gulliver - August 2020

    Jess helped everything run smoothly and safely, within current guidelines and did all she could to ensure we had a comfortable and easy day. We cannot thank her enough for a really memorable day.

  • Jean - August 2020

    Jess was excellent, couldn’t have been more helpful given the difficult circumstances we are all currently in with rearranging things
    We chose Bath as a venue because it is a beautiful city and the gardens and Temple made it even more special. We loved every minute of our time both planning the wedding and the event itself. The Temple was perfect for our small intimate wedding with just our family present. It is light, airy and with part of our ceremony being able to take place outside, it was better than we could have hoped for, a real family event particularly memorable given the difficulties in having weddings due to Covid restrictions. We made the most of the unique situation and setting and would recommend this location to anyone wanting something beautiful and slightly different.

  • Sean & Kristina- August 2020

    We truly had the most special day which was down to the organisation of Jess the weddings manager. She was so helpful before the ceremony and informative about the day; the day she described to us in our initial meeting was replicated on the day. The venue is beautiful and we are able to take phenomenal photos with the most incredible background. The ceremony was intimate with only 16 guests and everyone felt part of the day even with the covid restrictions in place. We could have not had a better wedding day. Thank you so much.

  • Mark & Chenusa - July 2020

    Despite delays and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we could still have a very special wedding day due to the kindness, flexibility, and professionalism of Heritage Park Weddings. At every stage of the process we felt confident that we had made the right choice of venue. Thank you for giving us a fantastic day we’ll never forget!

  • Maxine and James - March 2020

    Thank you for everything you did for us on Saturday.
    We have received the receipt in the separate email.

    It is a beautiful venue and such a gorgeous space to be. We really enjoyed our time there.
    You are welcome to use photographs for marketing.

    Thank you again,

    Best wishes,
    Maxine and James x

  • Katherine and Benjamin - February 2020

    Jess and the team helped us to have the most wonderfully special day. Jess' unwavering support, calm nature and amazing organisation skills made the wedding preparation process so seamless. The Temple is the most wonderful event space. I would highly recommend their Winter Package Deal. Best decision we made.

    Ben and I would love to say a MASSIVE thank you to you and the wonderful people at the Temple of Minerva for such amazingly memorable and special day. We absolutely loved it. Thank you again for helping to make it so special and seamless.

  • A-J & Tristan - February 2020

    Dear Jess,

    Thank you so much for enabling us to have the most perfect Wedding Day! It all went seamlessly, thanks to all your experience and guidance - and despite Storm Dennis!

    We will be sure to send you photos when Marc gets them to us.

    Very best wishes,
    A-J & Tristan x

  • Alex and Emily - August 2019

    We had a wonderful day at the Temple of Minerva and want to thank all the team for making it so easy. All the venue team we worked with from the very start of the booking have been well informed, friendly and responsive and a delight to work with. All the staff on the day were helpful and friendly and we are so pleased we chose Temple of Minerva for our wedding.
    Thanks again.

  • Andrew and Victoria - April 2019

    We had a lovely wedding day. Jess and Michelle were both really helpful throughout, including on the day itself; helping us to make all the decisions we needed to in order to make the ceremony as smooth, lovely and tailored to us as it could have been. Thank you so much!

  • Penny and Peter - April 2019

    We just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help with our wedding. It was beyond perfect and it all went so smoothly. Thank you

  • Adrian and Sarah - March 2019

    Many thanks for all you did for us on Saturday (and before!!) as you really helped in giving us the best day ever for our wedding. We both enjoyed every minute of it and all our guests were stunned with how beautiful the temple and the gardens are and the way in which you set them up. Thanks again from the both of us!!

  • Lisa and James

    We had the perfect wedding day at the Temple of Minerva, we couldn't have asked for more!

  • 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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