Situated in the heart of beautiful Bath, alongside the historic Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon, the Grade II listed gallery is an inspiring venue for an intimate wedding ceremony and drinks reception.
Following a wedding and drinks reception in the gallery, many couples choose to have additional photographs in the nearby manicured riverside gardens before heading to a stylish restaurant or one of our other venues to continue their celebrations.
At the Victoria Art Gallery couples can choose either the contemporary Lower Gallery, or the more traditional Upper Gallery.
You may also use the galleries for an atmospheric drinks reception, either after a ceremony or before moving on to the Guildhall or Pump Room for a wedding reception.
The Upper Gallery, with its beautiful decoration and natural light, makes a lovely backdrop for a ceremony and drinks reception.
Surrounded by work from some of the most famous artists in the world, this really is an inspiring and elegant space, where you can choose the perfect spot to exchange your vows.
Capacity & pricing
This is a contemporary, airy space on the ground floor, accommodating a changing and varied exhibition programme. It’s perfect for ceremonies and drinks receptions, where you and your guests can be surrounded by sculptures, paintings or tapestries. We recommend checking that you are happy with the nature of the exhibition before booking, and we are also able to give you more information about the space available. To find out more about forthcoming exhibitions visit the Victoria Art Gallery website.
Capacities & pricing
Allow our friendly and experienced wedding team to organise a relaxed and magical wedding.
Whilst you concentrate on finding outfits and inviting your perfect guest list, we will complete a full venue and catering schedule to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. This will include:
- Bespoke room layouts
- Timings to guarantee your guests love every minute
- Supplier liaison to answer their queries without you losing sleep
- Accurate guest numbers noting any guest requirements
We can also:
- Help make suggestions for décor and how to make your wedding unique
- Recommend trusted suppliers, from florists to photographers, string quartets to magicians
- Help in any other way we can with our in-depth knowledge of Bath and the surrounding area
Included in the venue hire
Included as part of your venue hire fee: AV for speeches and ceremony music; all furniture; security staff. On the day, a dedicated Function Manager will make all the announcements and ensure that your wedding runs smoothly.
Last Minute Events
We often have late availability and are experienced at managing weddings with short lead times. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to help. A short lead time still equals a perfect wedding!
Our city centre location means we are easily accessible via public transport (both train and park and ride bus) and within a short walking distance of various long and short stay car parks. Bath also boasts an enviable selection of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation, suited to a variety of tastes and budgets, all just a stone's throw away.
At the Victoria Art Gallery you are free to make your own choice of caterer and the galleries are most suitable for drinks, nibbles and cold canapes.
The venue is licensed, and where alcohol is served, a personal licence holder must be present and would usually be provided by your caterer.
In the Upper Gallery, due to the value of the artworks on display, only clear drinks are permitted, and in the Lower Gallery restrictions will vary depending on the exhibition taking place.
If you would like more information or advice please contact our friendly team to find out more.
Take a walk through the inspiring Victoria Art Gallery using the virtual tour below.
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 wedding.
Find out more about this hidden gem.
A short history of the Victoria Art Gallery
In the 1890s many local people supported the project to build Bath’s public art gallery. Led by the Mayor, Councillor George Woodiwiss, funds were raised and works of art given to form a public collection. This groundswell of local support and sense of shared ownership has remained a hallmark of the Victoria Art Gallery ever since, emphatically making it the ‘people’s gallery’.
The Gallery was named after Queen Victoria; a civic tribute to a much-loved monarch. 1897, the year of her Golden Jubilee, saw the laying of the foundation stone. The building opened three years later, adorned by a crown atop the building’s distinctive dome. A statue of Queen Victoria was soon added to the Bridge Street façade, paid for by the women of Bath. The Gallery’s collection grew quickly, with over 500 works of art being donated in its first decade.
The building was designed by John McKean Brydon, a lover of classical design. He was thus well able to create a building that could merge with the Guildhall and complement the surrounding Georgian cityscape. Brydon was clearly proud of the building, donating a copy of the Parthenon Frieze to adorn the top-lit gallery. Downstairs was Bath’s new library. It moved to larger premises in 1989 and the Gallery expanded to fill the space with a new more contemporary gallery which hosts a year-round programme of high-quality temporary exhibitions.
The Gallery continues to enjoy widespread public support. It is visited by thousands of tourists every year and by more local residents than any other museum in Bath; and it has a thriving and supportive Friends organisation. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and organisations including the Art Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund the Gallery’s collection continues to grow. Throughout the country, local authorities are trustworthy guardians of public museum collections that reflect thousands of generous individuals who have entrusted their treasured possessions into public ownership for others to enjoy forever.
The majority of the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection has come in this way, mostly from local people. It is an important resource for leisure, inspiration and education, and is available to everyone, whether on display or in store.