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.
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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:
The flexible space at the Guildhall makes this venue perfect for many types of events.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
To find out more about filming at the Guildhall, call us on 01225 477442 or fill out our quick enquiry form.
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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.
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.
- Baraka Catering
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.
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.