Location: Bath
Venues The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum
  • Beautiful and revered venue at the end of Great Pulteney Street
  • Modern glass extension sensationally juxtaposes old with new
  • Top-quality in-house catering
  • Ceremony capacity 100 guests
  • Maximum formal reception capacity - 60 guests
  • Marquee in Sydney Gardens can accommodate 200 guests

The Grade I-listed Holburne Art Museum nowadays plays host to some of the South West's most prestigious weddings. Licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies and superbly equipped for wedding receptions, thanks to the building's brand-new extension and recent renovation, it would indeed be hard to find a more simultaneously modern and yet historic space in Bath.

Located at the terminus of the wide and beautiful thoroughfare that is Great Pulteney Street, this mid-Georgian mansion house looks truly resplendent, and is a veritable architectural triumph. This is due both to its symmetrical 18th-century neo-Classical facade, and the truly fascinating 21st-century glass extension situated at the rear - a piece of art in itself.

History

The Holburne Museum was originally constructed in 1795 as'The Sydney Hotel' by local architect Thomas Baldwin, who also oversaw the construction of many streets, townhouses and civic buildings within the city of Bath, most notably the renovated Guildhall and the original Pump Room.

The Sydney Hotel was originally created as a social tavern - intended as a meeting-place with accommodation rather than a traditional hotel. During the 19th century it performed a number of functions, at different times housing a therapeutic centre and a college, before its purchase by Bath City Council in 1880, and a subsequent resale to the Holburne Trustees in 1912. The interior of the building was completely redesigned and refurbished at this point by Reginald Blomfield, and the Holburne Art Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1916.

Skip ahead to more recent years, and the Museum has once again undergone fairly extensive restoration, which was undertaken during 2010 and duly completed early in 2011. This most recent programme of renovation work has seen an innovative glass extension erected to the rear of the building, which at a single stroke has practically doubled the Museum's previous exhibition space.

Facilities

Thanks to The Holburne Museum's modern glass extension, there's more room than ever for you and your guests to take advantage of one of the South West's premier wedding locations.

Civil Ceremonies

Hold your wedding ceremony in this unique and culturally significant venue. Licensed for up to 100 guests, you can legally exchange your vows and rings and cement your partnership in beautiful style in the newly-refurbished galleries.

Civil ceremony capacity - 100 guests

Receptions

First, indulge in a glass of bubbly in one of the many historic and visually pleasing art galleries for your champagne reception. Drinks receptions can take place in the first-floor Davidson Gallery, the Ballroom, ground-floor Garden Cafe, or even a marquee in Sydney Gardens.

When the time comes, you can then move on to the Brownsword Gallery, which can accommodate up to 60 guests for your formal wedding breakfast. Here you will be treated like the many members of royalty that have visited this mansion over the past two centuries, as your guests are looked after by The Holburne Museum's sublime service staff. Once your appetites have been sumptuously satiated, you could all then proceed down to the ground-floor Garden Cafe or Garden Marquee to partake of your evening entertainment, with wonderful views of the remarkable new glass extension, and enjoy the freedom to explore the lovely Sydney Gardens.

Sydney Gardens

Presenting superlative photographic opportunities, these stunning gardens are fully deserving of a mention of their own! Connected directly to The Holburne Museum, you will be able to explore this tranquil sanctuary at will during your wedding reception, or after your ceremony. The gardens themselves were widely revered and often visited by the likes of Jane Austen as being a truly splendid place for contemplation.

Catering and Special Offers

Food and drink can be prepared and served by The Holburne Museum's select collection of exclusive caterers. The events team at The Holburne take great pride in the top-quality cuisine, service and all-inclusive menu-planning services that they can offer. Get in touch with the team to find out more.

All produce will be locally sourced, and service provided with an efficient and friendly smile.

Address
The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath
BA2 4DB

Reviews

  • Laura and Chris

    The Holburne Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding. It was wonderful to be surrounded by exquisite works of art in such a gorgeous setting. The mixture of classic and contemporary styles really complemented our theme. We chose to have our reception in the Garden Café, because we liked its bright and open feeling, which gave us the impression of eating outside in the Holburne's beautiful grounds. The staff at the museum could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We felt like we were in really safe hands, and would wholeheartedly recommend the Holburne Museum as a great wedding venue!

  • Laura and Tom

    We feel so lucky to have been able to get married in such a stunning venue- judging by our guests’ comments; it certainly had the wow factor. Every moment, from my first step down the aisle to the last dance moves of the night, was spectacular – we’ll never forget it. It’s supposed to be the best day of your lives and the team at the Holburne made sure it was exactly that for us – we can’t thank Charlie and the events team enough.

  • David and Sarah

    Our marriage at the Holburne Museum was a magical occasion that was made all the more special for the hard work and
    effort of Charlie and her team. Our guests have commented on how unique the setting was and we couldn’t have asked for more help in organising the day.

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