Host your business event at the Guildhall

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Introducing the Guildhall

Located in the centre of Bath, close to the train station, the Guildhall is a very accessible, convenient and beautiful venue.

The Banqueting Room, one of the most decorative and beautiful Georgian rooms in the region, has been used for important civic events since 1775. Today, this opulent room offers flexible and versatile space for conferences, meetings, or dinners. Unusually for such a prestigious venue, clients can choose their own caterer.

PERFECTLY SUITED TO
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Conferences & Meetings
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Drinks Receptions & Dinners
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Exhibitions & Trade Shows
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Networking events
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Product launches
WITH CAPACITY FOR
Capacity
Theatre style: 300
Capacity
Dinner no dancing: 200
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Drinks reception: 250
Capacity
Cabaret: 200
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Call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.

Virtual tour

Let us know if you'd like a guided virtual venue visit. We will join you on a virtual tour, answer your questions in real time, and highlight the key points of interest relevant to your event. Email [email protected] to get started.

Supporting you

If you hold an event at the Guildhall you can rest assured that the team will work with you every step of the way, so that your event is just as you imagined it.  

The venue has a strong association with local companies and organisations, with many making regular bookings. Our clients include:

Contact our planning team to discuss your event
What are you organising?

The flexible space at the Guildhall makes this venue perfect for a variety of business events.

Conferences & meetings

Conveniently located in the very heart of Bath and only a five-minute walk from Bath Spa train station, the Guildhall is ideal for medium sized conferences or smaller meetings.

KEY FEATURES
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Close to train station & centrally located
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Natural daylight, full blackout
Wifi
Free Wi-Fi
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Choice of caterers

Capacities & pricing

Banqueting Room and Aix en Provence
from £1500 Inc. VAT
When you hire the sumptuously decorated Banqueting Room, the Aix-en-Provence Room is also included. This adjoining room is suitable for serving refreshments, registration, or as a breakout space for up to 60 people.
Capacity
Theatre style - 300
Capacity
Cabaret style - 200
Capacity
Classroom style - 120
Brunswick Room
From £350
The Brunswick Room offers versatile space, perfect for presentations and meetings. It is often used as a syndicate room in conjunction with the Banqueting Room.
Capacity
Theatre style – 120
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Cabaret style – 50
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Classroom style – 40
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Boardroom style – 40
Council Chamber
From £350
The Council Chamber features dark wood, marble pillars and ornate cornicing. The room has desks and in-built microphones, and although designed for debates, it is also a good option for seminars.
Capacity
Fixed seating for 120
Capacity
Boardroom - 25

Conference planning

When you hold a conference at the Guildhall, our helpful and professional team will support you during the planning process, right through to the day itself.

In the lead up to your conference we will meet with you to discuss your plans so we can agree on a schedule of timings and produce tailored room set-up plans. We will also liaise with your suppliers, and your event manager will oversee their arrival on the day of the event. We can also recommend trusted AV partners, including those with specialist hybrid event knowledge, and suggest additional services and suppliers from photographers to entertainers.

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For more information about conferences and meetings at the Guildhall, please contact Sara Brooks on 01225 477442.

Dinners & receptions

The Guildhall is a grand and flexible venue for drinks receptions and dinners in the heart of Bath.

KEY FEATURES
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Choose your own caterer
Spaces
Space for drinks reception, dinner and bar area
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5 minute walk to train station

Capacity & pricing

Banqueting Room and Aix en Provence
From £1500 Inc. VAT
With its glittering chandeliers, royal portraits and decorative mouldings, the Banqueting Room is a lovely location for a gala dinner following a drinks reception in the adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room, Brunswick Room or at the Victoria Art Gallery, just a minute’s stroll away.
Capacity
Up to 250 guests for drinks
Capacity
Up to 200 for dinner
Brunswick Room
From £350 incl. VAT
Conveniently located on the ground floor of the Guildhall, the Brunswick Room can be hired independently for drinks receptions throughout the daytime and evening.
Capacity
Up to 130 guests for drinks

Dinner planning

If you are planning a dinner or reception at the Guildhall, our helpful and professional team will support you during the planning process, right through to the event itself.

Our hire fee includes tables, chairs, staging, and a PA system for speeches. You are welcome to make your own choices when it comes to entertainment, but we are happy to make suggestions as to suitable suppliers. So, if you fancy a photobooth, or even a magician, please just ask.

At the Guildhall there is no in-house caterer, giving you the flexibility to choose your own style and budget. 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. The venue is licensed until 1230am.

Prior to your dinner 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.

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If you’d like more help or have any questions about dinners at the Guildhall, please contact Sara Brooks on 01225 477442.

Exhibitions & trade shows

The central location of the Guildhall is a real advantage for exhibition organisers and the venue regularly plays host to vintage sales, craft fairs and art shows.

KEY FEATURES
Dimensions
Banqueting Room and Aix-en-Provence 296sqm exhibition space
Dimensions
Brunswick Room 117 sqm exhibition space
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5 minute walk to train station

Capacity & pricing

Banqueting Room & Aix en Provence Room
From £1500 inc. VAT
With its glittering chandeliers, lofty ceiling and natural daylight, the Banqueting Room is a lovely, airy space that attendees will be happy to spend plenty of time in. The adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room can be used as a registration space, café or refreshment area.
Dimensions
296sqm exhibition space
Brunswick Room
From £350 inc. VAT
Conveniently located on the ground floor of the Guildhall and with plenty of natural daylight, the Brunswick Room can be hired throughout the daytime and evening for a variety of exhibitions.
Dimensions
117 sqm exhibition space
Wifi
Free WiFi

Exhibition planning

If you are arranging an exhibition at the Guildhall, our helpful team will be on hand to help you.

Prior to your event we will meet with you to discuss your plans so we can agree on a schedule of timings and produce tailored room layouts. As part of the hire fee we include: trestle tables, chairs and staging if required. You’ll also have an event manager on the day, to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The Banqueting Room is on the first floor, but is easily accessed by a lift, and unloading is possible via the Guildhall car park.

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If you’d like more help or have any questions about exhibitions at the Guildhall, please contact Sara Brooks on 01225 477442.

Catering at the Guildhall

At the Guildhall we operate a listed caterer scheme, where you may choose from a selection of caterers or choose your own.

Catering information

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.

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For further information about catering at the Guildhall, please contact our helpful team on 01225 477442 or complete our enquiry form.

The event was an amazing success, and I couldn't have done it without the flexibility and responsiveness of the venue staff. They helped us with some last minute requests and were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. I am so very impressed at the way they handled the event...and helped me think of things I wouldn't have even considered...Thank you for your hard work, and for making sure our event was a complete success.
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Image: historic photograph outside the Guildhall
Venue history

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.

For more information about availability, fill out our short enquiry form or call us on 01225 477442.


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