Host your event at the Guildhall

The Banqueting Room
Wooden staircase leading to the Banqueting Room
Band perform in the Banqueting Room, Greg James Photography
Introducing the Guildhall

Located in the centre of Bath, close to the train station, the beautiful Guildhall is a very accessible and convenient 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 and others, offer flexible and versatile space for a variety of events. Unusually for such a prestigious venue, clients can choose their own caterer.

PERFECTLY SUITED TO
Parties & celebrations
Concerts & performances
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Filming & photography
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Festivals
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Wine tastings
WITH CAPACITY FOR
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Theatre style: up to 300
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Dinner with dancing up to 180
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Dinner no dancing: up to 200
Drinks reception: up to 250
Cabaret: up to 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.

Image: View of the Council Chamber
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View of the Council Chamber
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:

Call

Contact our planning team to discuss your event, call 01225 477442 or complete our short enquiry form.

What are you organising?

The flexible space at the Guildhall makes this venue perfect for many types of events.

Parties & celebrations

The Georgian interiors and grand staircases at the Guildhall make a magnificent backdrop for a celebration and the venue has played host to many anniversary, birthday and festive parties.

Being one of the largest venues in Bath with rare flexibility to choose your own caterer, it is the perfect choice if you are planning a themed event or would like a specific style of catering. 

The large Banqueting Room and adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room are a great combination for a large party and are accessed via a wide, sweeping staircase.  There is also lift access to the first floor. Alternatively the ground floor Brunswick Room works well as a drinks reception venue. 

KEY FEATURES
Capacity
Up to 250 guests
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Licensed until 1am
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Choose your own caterer
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Staging included in hire fee

To find out more about holding your party at the Guildhall, call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form.

Rooms, pricing & capacities

Banqueting Room & Aix en Provence
From £1500 Inc. VAT
Up to 180 guests can enjoy dinner and dancing in the Banqueting Room and the adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room is ideal as a buffet service point, as well as a bar area. If you’d like to enjoy a band performing under the glittering chandeliers, we can provide a stage, leaving ample space for a dancefloor.
Capacity
Dinner with dancing: 180
Capacity
Dinner no dancing: 200
Capacity
Drinks reception: 250
Brunswick Room
From £300 Inc. VAT
The Brunswick Room is conveniently located on the ground floor, and near the Guildhall entrance. It is most suitable for suitable for drinks receptions, perhaps before dining upstairs in the Banqueting Room, or for afternoon teas.
Capacity
Drinks reception:100
Capacity
Seated afternoon tea: 50
Concerts & performances

The Banqueting Room is a popular location for concerts and performances, regularly playing host to the Bath Music Festival, Children’s Literature Festival and Mozartfest.

The large Banqueting Room is accessed via a sweeping staircase or by lift. A bar for interval drinks can be located in the adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room.

KEY FEATURES
Capacity
Suitable for up to 360 people
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Staging included in hire fee
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Bespoke layouts
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Area available as a green room

To find out more about holding your performance at the Guildhall, call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form.

Rooms, capacities & pricing

Banqueting Room & Aix en Provence
From £1500 Inc. VAT
The Banqueting Room is a lovely large space for concerts. The adjoining Aix en Provence is an ideal spot for an interval bar.
Theatre style: 360
Brunswick Room
From £350 Inc. VAT
This accessible room on the ground floor, and is ideal for smaller performances, lectures or pre-concert drinks receptions. Capacity
Capacity
Theatre style: 120

Concert planning

If you are arranging a concert or performance at the Guildhall, our helpful team will be on hand to help you.

We can supply staging, but we request that clients organise lighting, crew, publicity, and ticket sales themselves.

You are also free to arrange a supplier to provide an interval bar or reception drinks prior to a performance. If you are holding a ticketed event at one of our venues, we can support your marketing and publicity via our social media channels and e-newsletters.

As an alternative, the Pump Room and Assembly Rooms are also popular concert venues.

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

Filming & photography

With its UNESCO World Heritage status and beautiful architecture, Bath is a popular location for filming and photography.

At the Guildhall, stunning and opulent plasterwork, magnificent staircases, and wooden panelling, offer interesting filming and photography locations for both period and contemporary productions. The venue has most recently featured in the Netflix hit Bridgerton and the BBC’s Trial of Christine Keeler, where one of the rooms was a courtroom setting.

KEY FEATURES
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Largest Georgian interior in the city
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Opulent plasterwork and chandeliers
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Panelled court room
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Dedicated Bath film office

To find out more about filming at the Guildhall, call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form. 

Rooms, pricing & capacities

Banqueting Room & Aix en Provence
From £1500 Inc. VAT
The Guildhall is a versatile location for filming. Outside the main rooms, the marble floors and grand staircases are popular with filmmakers. With its original Georgian plasterwork, minstrel’s gallery and Royal portraits, the Banqueting Room is a perfect for period dramas. It recently featured in the Netflix show Bridgerton.
Council Chamber
From £350 Inc. VAT
This historic debating chamber is ideal for period productions. It was recently used in the BBC production The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Filming information

Our team are experienced in working with film crews and location managers. The city is lucky to have a dedicated film office who are happy to assist with sourcing locations and suppliers and assisting with logistic arrangements such as road closures.

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.

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

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.

  • Baraka Catering
  • Eat5Star
  • Searcys

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.

 

Call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.

A massive thank you to you for your support, organisation, planning and experience. You made everything so much easier and it was great working with you.
E Bartlett

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.

Call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.


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