The Guildhall stands prominently in the heart of the city near the Abbey, Roman Baths and Pump Room.
An impressive setting for a ceremony and reception, the Georgian interiors and grand staircases make a beautiful backdrop for a wedding party. A short stroll away is the beautifully kept Parade Gardens overlooking the River Avon and Pulteney Bridge. These gardens are perfect for wedding photographs if the weather is fine.
With rooms to accommodate large wedding parties and flexibility to choose your own caterer, the impressive Grade I listed Guildhall makes a spectacular wedding venue.
The Banqueting Room is one of the most impressive Georgian interiors in the region that has hosted notable events for hundreds of years.
It is the largest room in the Guildhall and with its ornate cornicing and spectacular chandeliers, it is a gorgeous setting for a wedding ceremony and/or reception.
The adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room is a smaller space perfect for a drinks reception prior to a seated wedding breakfast in the Banqueting Room or for use as a bar later in the day.
Some couples choose to hold a daytime wedding in the Guildhall before strolling across the Abbey Churchyard to the Roman Baths and Pump Room for their evening reception.
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Situated on the first floor, the Council Chamber is a striking room with fixed seating and a public gallery.
Seating up to 120 guests, this makes for an intimate ceremony before moving across the hallway into the Banqueting Room for a reception.
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Conveniently situated on the ground floor, the Brunswick room is a great space for either a ceremony, or arrival drinks prior to a reception.
This room pairs well with the Banqueting Room above.
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Our Guildhall team will be with you every step of the way.
Wedding planning information
When you hold your wedding ceremony or reception at the Guildhall, our helpful and professional team will support you throughout the planning process and right through to the day itself.
As part of the hire fee we include: tables, chairs, staging, and a PA system for speeches. Your caterer can provide all crockery and linens, and should they need more information regarding the kitchen facilities we can speak to them or arrange a site visit. If your caterer doesn’t offer a bar facility, we can also put you in touch with suitable pop-up bar providers.
In the lead up to your wedding we will meet with you to discuss your plans so we can agree on a schedule of timings and produce bespoke table plans and room layouts. We will liaise with your suppliers, and your event manager will oversee their arrival on the day. Our personalised service means you can relax and enjoy yourself, knowing that everything will be just as you imagined.
At the Guildhall we operate a listed caterer scheme, where you may choose from a selection of caterers or choose your own.
All caterers on our list below are familiar with the Guildhall and its kitchen and have been endorsed by previous clients. Alternatively, you are also free to use a caterer of your choice who meets our terms and conditions. If you decide to use a caterer who is not one of our listed caterers, you will incur a hire fee for use of kitchen and associated equipment.
Please note, although the kitchen is well kitted out with ovens and hot cabinets, your chosen caterer will need to bring in crockery, glassware and linen.
Find out more about the history of this beautiful venue.
A short history of the Guildhall
Guilds, the trade associations which controlled and managed trades and crafts in English towns, rose to importance during the 12th and 13th centuries. Their pre-eminence was such that, with time, a guildhall came to symbolise town Government in England. In Bath, the power of the guilds had waned by the 16th century but the Bath Guildhall remains a centre of local government today.
The earliest Guildhall in Bath was situated to the east of the present High Street. By the 1620s it was relocated to the upper storey of the market house in the middle of the High Street. By the mid-18th century, this Guildhall had become inadequate and its island site obstructed the traffic. In 1760, the corporation resolved that ‘the Town Hall be newly built in a more commodious place’. The central block of the present building was built between 1775–1778 by Thomas Baldwin in the Palladian ‘country house style’ prevalent at the time.
The Banqueting Room at the heart of Baldwin’s Guildhall is without doubt the finest Georgian interior in Bath, in the style of Robert Adam and boasting three magnificent four-tier chandeliers by Thomas Lovell of Bristol and a steeply raked musicians’ gallery over the central doorway. It was the Corporation’s response to the privately financed Assembly Rooms recently completed in the upper in 1771. In the Guildhall, the Corporation conducted its business in the adjacent council chamber and could throw open the doors to the Banqueting Room where it would entertain its guests, overlooked by portraits of civic worthies and members of the royal family.
Between 1893 and 1896 the Guildhall was greatly expanded by Scottish architect John McKean Brydon. A dome was added to the existing 18th century building and extensions were added to the north and south, embellished with figured friezes depicting the activities to take place in them. The north wing housed the Bath School of Art and Technical School and its frieze contains figures representing the arts, science and learning, while the south wing, which housed a new council chamber, offices and the courts, sports representations of justice and administration.