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Prior Park

Prior Park

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Prior Park

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  • Historic Bath wedding reception venue
  • Splendid Grade I-listed Georgian mansion
  • Set within acres of landscaped gardens
  • Superb panoramic views over Bath
  • Formal receptions for up to 150 guests
  • Stunning historic backdrops for photos
  • Delicious cuisine by approved caterers
  • Exclusive use of the entire mansion

Sitting proudly atop the world-famous Prior Park Landscape Garden, this fascinating Grade I-listed mansion gazes out across an admirable view of the World Heritage Site of Bath. Built in the 18th century by the legendary John Wood the Elder, the mansion is now a college, but is opening its doors to couples looking for an outstanding place to host the wedding reception of their dreams.

On the quiet outskirts of the historic city, imagine you and your guests having exclusive access to this beautiful building, arriving via the private drive and overlooking the popular gardens and lake. Alighting from their vehicles, which they can park for nothing, your guests enter the house via the impressive portico, where they can be handed a glass of sparkling champagne - sheer bliss.


Prior Park House was constructed and its grounds laid out in 1742 to a design by renowned Bath architect John Wood the Elder, famously creator of The Circus, Queen Square and other classical masterpieces, for the affluent local entrepreneur Ralph Allen.

The house was a showcase for the excellent qualities of the local golden Bath stone - "To See All Bath, and For All Bath To See".

Peter Augustine Baines purchased the mansion in 1828 and set to work creating two college wings, thereby beginning its history as an educational establishment. Today Prior Park College is a mixed Roman Catholic public school for day and boarding pupils.


Prior Park Mansion offers five unique spaces in which you can host the various parts of your wedding-day reception celebrations.

The Mansion Hall

Enter the mansion via the beautiful portico supported by the iconic Corinthian Columns, and you find yourselves in the impressive Hall. This is simply perfect for drinks receptions, and ideal for greeting your guests as they arrive from your ceremony elsewhere.

John Wood Chapel

Used primarily for musical performances and as a unique meeting space, this delightful former private chapel is found within the house itself. It makes for some great photographs, and may be used for quirkier parts of the day. Get in touch to find out more.

The Academy Hall

This impressive space spans the entire length of the College building, and is perfect for seating up to 120 people. The gorgeous room showcases pretty ornamental plasterwork, columns and friezes, and affords superb panoramic views over the city of Bath.

Formal Reception Capacity - 120 Guests

The Dining Hall

This large room seats up to 150 guests for the wedding breakfast. It serves as the main refectory for students at the school, so is ideally positioned for catering. The Dining Room can also be used as an evening reception space for entertainment and dancing!

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 150 Guests

Our Lady Of The Snows Chapel

If you have a previous connection with Prior Park School, then you should be welcome to use this stunning chapel in accordance with the standard marriage service and ceremony requirements of the Roman Catholic Church. Enquire directly for fuller details.

Get in touch with Gill Mead via the contact details here below to find out more about hosting your big day at Prior Park.

Prior Park College
Ralph Allen Drive
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