Unique & magical weddings at the Roman Baths & Pump Room

Wedding couple and registrar at the Roman Baths, Amy Sanders
Wedding couple at the Great Bath, Elan Images
Wedding reception in the Pump Room, Bhavesh Chauhan Photography
Introducing the Roman Baths & Pump Room

One of the most iconic and unique wedding venues in the country, the award-winning Roman Baths &
Pump Room is perfect for elopements and both intimate and grand ceremonies and receptions.

The enchanting venue offers unprecedented photo opportunities and the chance to exchange your vows in an ancient monument. With the perfect combination of beautiful outdoor space, protected from the elements, and spacious historic rooms, this venue offers both variety and atmosphere.
Whether you would like a small, intimate wedding for two, or choose to invite loved ones, a wedding at the Roman Baths will provide a truly romantic start to your married life.

PERFECTLY SUITED TO
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Small, intimate & elopement weddings
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Medium to large weddings
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Wedding receptions & evening parties
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Ceremonies: 2 – 160 guests
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Seated receptions: Up to 160 guests
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Evening parties: Up to 300 guests

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Call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.

We had the perfect day thank you – we truly appreciate all your dedication and hard work. The team were amazing and faultless – couldn’t have asked for more!
J.W.
Wedding reception in the Pump Room, Bhavesh Chauhan
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Wedding reception in the Pump Room, Bhavesh Chauhan
Rooms

From an elopement wedding, to a celebration for 300 guests, the Roman Baths & Pump Room offer unique, atmopsheric and flexible spaces for your wedding.

Roman Baths

What could be more romantic than exchanging your vows amid the flickering torchlight and rising steam from the waters of the Great Bath?

This incredible venue cannot be matched for atmosphere and romance. The hot baths, which yield around 1,200,000 litres of water daily at a constant 46˚C, are surrounded by the original Roman paving. It is here that ceremonies take place, either in the morning or evening, overlooked by the beautiful Bath Abbey. 

This unique venue is also available for wedding receptions and evening parties.

Sunrise ceremonies

From £1155 inc. VAT
Sunrise wedding ceremonies at 8.30am are perfect for a more intimate occasion. They are held at the water's edge, with full view of the magnificent Bath Abbey. Although outdoors, the venue is not weather dependent, because the ancient paving surrounding the Great Bath is protected by the soffits from the Terrace above. If you want an other-worldly experience, choose to marry in winter, when the waters are especially steamy and the sun has only just risen. If you would like to continue celebrations, the adjoining Pump Room Restaurant is the perfect breakfast venue with its delicious food, stunning surroundings and music from the Pump Room Trio. Numbers for breakfast are limited to a maximum of 40 guests on a Saturday and 60 guests Sunday to Friday. For those that prefer to keep things simple, a morning ceremony can be the start of a fantastic elopement wedding package.
Capacity
From 4 -200 people
Image: wedding ceremony beside the Great Bath, Amy Sanders
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Sunset ceremonies

From £2560 inc. VAT
In the evening, after the museum closes to the public, the Roman site offers an unparalleled setting for a wedding ceremony. As with Sunrise ceremonies, Sunset ceremonies take place at the water's edge, but may be immediately followed by a drinks reception. After exchanging your vows, you can indulge in the magic and romance of sipping Champagne with your husband or wife beside the torchlit and steaming waters. Celebrations can then continue upstairs, with dinner on the enclosed Terrace, followed by dancing in the magnificent Reception Hall with its soaring vaulted ceiling. Alternatively, for larger celebrations, you may hire the elegant Pump Room for your reception.
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From 40-200 people
Wedding ceremony beside the Great Bath, Amy Sanders
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Amy Sanders Photography

Wedding receptions

From £1400 inc. VAT
If you’ve married elsewhere, you can hire the atmospheric Roman Baths for an evening wedding reception or party. Guests may arrive from 7pm, and enjoy drinks and perhaps canapes, before moving to either the Terrace and Reception Hall or Pump Room.
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From 40 to 200 people
Image: drinks reception beside the Great Bath, Kate Hopewell Smith Photography
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Kate Hopewell Smith Photography
Wedding couple beside the Greta Bath, Emma-Jayne Photography
ELOPEMENT PACKAGE
Elope into 2000 years of history at the Roman Baths. If a magical location combined with no fuss and no stress match your vision of the perfect wedding, this is the package for you.
Terrace & Reception Hall

The Terrace was built by the Victorians to view the newly discovered Great Bath. This exclusive venue now provides an intimate and enclosed space for dinners, where up to 80 guests can soak up the unique atmosphere and enjoy the special view of the steaming waters below.

Designed for concerts, the adjoining Reception Hall, with its stunning domed Four Seasons ceiling, now makes a fabulous area for dancing to a band or DJ. The central oval ticketing desk can be transformed into a fully stocked bar to set the scene for an impressive wedding party.

Capacities & pricing

From £1,400 Inc. VAT
Available from 7pm (September to mid-June).
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Up to 80 guests for dinner (Terrace)
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Up to 160 guests for a party (Terrace & Reception Hall)
Pump Room

This breath-taking room is much as it was when first opened in 1795; the unique spa water still flows from the fountain overlooking the natural hot spring and now a crystal chandelier sparkles from the centre of the room.  

This elegant room is a perfect location for a wedding breakfast or catered party.  It can be hired independently from 8pm although it is a perfect accompaniment to a ceremony or drinks reception around the Great Bath.

The Pump Room has a stage for live music and large dance floor for your guests. The adjoining King's Lounge, overlooking the hot spring, makes a convenient location for a bar, for a night you will never forget.

Capacities & pricing

From £2240 Inc. VAT
Available from 8pm.
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Up to 160 guests for a dinner and dancing
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Up to 200 guests for dinner
Kingston Room & Drawing Room

These intimate rooms with period decoration and an attractive outlook to Bath Abbey are perfect for smaller, private celebrations.

Following a ceremony the wedding couple and attendants may have photos beside the Great Bath and a wedding breakfast or afternoon tea in either the Kingston Room or Drawing Room.

Capacities & pricing

From £415 Inc. VAT
Available from 8am to 6pm.
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Up to 40 people for ceremonies or receptions
Wedding couple beside the Great Bath, A Tall Long Legged Bird
From the beginning, nothing was too much hassle and very efficient with emails and phone calls. You definitely have a strong customer focused team and I could not thank them enough for making my day go perfectly!
Chelsea, 2018
Planning & catering

Allow our friendly and experienced wedding team to organise a relaxed and magical wedding.

Searcys, our caterers at the Roman Baths & Pump Room, cater in a number of prestigious venues including The Gherkin, The Barbican and Blenheim Palace and have been established since 1847.

Venue information

Whilst you concentrate on finding outfits and tweaking your guest list, we will complete a full venue and catering schedule to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. This will include:

  • Bespoke table plans and room layouts
  • Timings to guarantee your guests love every minute of the day
  • Supplier liaison to answer their queries without you losing sleep
  • Accurate guest numbers noting any guest requirements
  • Full menu planning with dietary 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; staging for your band or DJ; easels for your table plan; all furniture; security staff. On the day, a dedicated Function Manager will make all the announcements and ensure that your wedding runs smoothly.   

Included in catering

Included in Searcys catering price: white table linen; silver cutlery; white crockery; glassware; a dedicated Banqueting Manager; catering staff. Searcys can also include silver five arm candelabras as table centres at a very competitive price if you wish.

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!

Location

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.

Pre-Wedding Receptions

If you are holding a daytime wedding at the Assembly Rooms, why not extend the occasion by booking a pre-wedding drinks reception at the Roman Baths the evening before. This gives your guests a chance to get to know one another before the big day and creates the perfect Bath experience.

Favour Gifts

We are happy to make suggestions for favours to match your venue – from brooches from the Fashion Museum shop (housed in the Assembly Rooms) to chocolate Roman coins from the Roman Baths gift shop.  On larger orders, we can also offer a discount – please ask for details.

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If you need any further help or advice, please get in touch.

Wedding catering

With their delicious and flexible menus, Searcys can cater to a variety of tastes and budgets, from fantastic contemporary bowl food to a seated three course dinner. They are also happy to put together a bespoke package tailored to your specific needs.

Searcys prices include*:

  • Wedding coordinator to help with the planning of your special day
  • Dedicated Banqueting Manager on the day
  • White table linen and napkins
  • Use of 14” cake stand and cake knife (round or square)
  • Menu tasting for the bride and groom (further details apply)
  • All special diets catered for
  • Full bar facility (minimum spend of £360.00 inc. VAT applies)

*All menus are based on minimum numbers of 40 guests, for smaller groups additional costs will apply and Searcys will guide you further.

Prices are valid until December 2021.

Wedding packages from £68.50/guest

Searcys wedding packages are designed to make planning your wedding that little bit easier. Within each package is a sample dinner menu and a drinks package (to include one glass plus top up during the drinks reception, ½ a bottle of wine with dinner and a toast to the happy couple). The wines with each package vary.

Dinner menus start from £40.50 per guest + VAT

Perhaps you’d like to tailor your own wedding breakfast menu? You may wish to go for something quite seasonal and the layout of the dinner menu is designed to help you do this. Searcys work on three course set menus but can guide you further if you would like to offer your guests a choice.

Seated Buffet menus start from £31.15 per guest + VAT

A seated buffet combines formality with a more relaxed feel compared to a dinner, there are two packages to choose from. Guests will be invited up to the buffet, usually two tables at a time and the banqueting team will be there to serve them. All tables will be dressed with crisp white linen and laid with cutlery, crockery and glassware just as with a dinner.

Perhaps you have something else in mind?

Searcys are very happy to discuss with you any catering ideas that you may have, whether you’re looking for something more informal or aren’t quite sure where to start. Contact their team on 01225 444477 or e-mail [email protected]

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Air cured ham with dolce latte
Air cured ham with dolce latte
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Haile Selassie visiting the Roman Baths
Venue history

Discover the rich history of the Roman Baths where the continuous gush of hot mineral water, bursting from the ground, has always been a subject of wonder.

Or find out more about the Pump Room, Bath's most iconic 18th century building.

Roman Baths history

The water we see in the Baths today fell as rain on the Mendip Hills many hundreds or even thousands of years ago.  It percolates deep down through limestone aquifers, heated by the earth's core and raising the temperature to between 64 -96 degrees.  Under pressure the heated water rises to the surface at 46 degrees along fissures and faults through the limestone beneath Bath.

By the first century AD this part of Britain was occupied by an Iron Age tribe called the Dobunni.  They believed that the hot spring was sacred to the Goddess Sulis who was thought to possess curative powers.  In AD43 the Roman armies invaded Britain and by AD75 they had built a new religious spa complex around the thermal spring and the settlement then grew as a centre for health and pilgrimage. It was named Aquae Sulis meaning ‘the waters of Sulis’.  To keep good relations with local people the Romans were sensitive to their gods and goddesses and the goddess worshipped at the temple here was known as Sulis Minerva combining Celtic and Roman elements.

The Romans built the baths using the 1.3 million litres of naturally-heated water that rose to the surface naturally each day. The baths combined healing with leisure and water was channelled through the baths using lead pipes and lead lined channels. Even the baths were lined with lead. People came from far and wide to bathe in the waters and worship at the temple.

In the fourth century, barbarian raids from Northern Europe and Ireland and political instability in the Roman Empire made trade and travel increasingly difficult.  The number of visitors to Aquae Sulis declined, and at the same time flooding from the River Avon resulting from poor maintenance meant black mud began to cover everything.  The Temple buildings collapsed and the roofs of the baths eventually crashed into the growing swamp.

By the twelfth century the King’s Bath, formed within the shell of the Roman reservoir chamber, was enclosed within the precincts of the post- Roman monastery.  Medical practice promoted bathing in the thermal waters to cure ailments as belief in its power re-emerged in the legend of the prehistoric Prince Bladud:  in the ninth century BC, it was said Bladud contracted leprosy but was cured by the thermal waters of Bath.

In the late seventeenth century doctors began recommending drinking the water as a remedy for internal conditions and the first Pump Room, opened in 1706, placed drinking prescribed quantities of the water at the heart of the emerging spa culture. 

In 1878, the city surveyor architect Major Charles Davis, worried by a leak from the King's Bath spring, decided to explore the ground around it.  In doing so he found Roman remains and by 1880 had uncovered large parts of the Great Bath. The site was opened to visitors in 1897 and throughout the 20th century was progressively extended, notably with the east baths in the 1920s and later when the Temple Precinct was excavated beneath the Pump Room in 1981-83. A new learning centre will be opened up for the public in an area of Roman remains to the south of the site, where several underground vaults and tunnels lead into some currently inaccessible remains from the Roman bath house and town.

Image: View of Great Bath in 1887 with woman and cat

Pump Room history

The practice of drinking the thermal waters of Bath only began in earnest in the later seventeenth century. It became necessary to install a pump to allow patients to have access to the water directly from the spring and in the first years of the eighteenth century a doctor, William Oliver, persuaded the Bath Corporation to erect a building where the drinkers could be sheltered.  This is the origin of the first Pump Room completed in 1706.   As the popularity of the spa grew in the 18th century the Pump Room could no longer accommodate the fashionable crowds and invalids so extensions and improvements were made to the building. 

In the later eighteenth century, as more and more families came to Bath to take the waters, the Pump Room needed further work. In 1784 a lavatory was installed but then An Act of Parliament was obtained establishing Improvement Commissioners to improve the city centre and the architect, Thomas Baldwin, was appointed by them. Baldwin built New Private Baths adjacent to the Pump Room and in 1790 began work to build an entirely new one. Despite delays arising from Baldwin’s personal bankruptcy and dismissal, the project was completed by a new architect, John Palmer, in 1795 when it was opened by the Duchess of York. The wider scheme re-ordered the local streets, sweeping away medieval alleys and before his dismissal Baldwin completed Bath Street connecting the Pump Room to the two smaller springs known as the Hot Bath and the Cross Bath. 

The Pump Room continued as a fashionable meeting place to promenade and take the waters.  Jane Austen observed people and fashions from within the Pump Room, which features in her two novels ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’.

In 1897 John Brydon built another extension to the Pump Room which housed a Concert Hall, the present day Roman Baths Reception Hall, undoubtedly the finest Victorian interior in Bath.  Mary Shelley stayed at 5 Abbey Church Yard which was demolished to make room for the Reception Hall and it is thought that this is where her novel Frankenstein was written.

During the Victorian and Edwardian periods, the Pump Room was heavily furnished and during World War II it became a restaurant and fortunately escaped damage in the Baedeker air raids on Bath in 1942. Many interesting historical figures have visited the Pump Room and taken the waters including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill and Haile Selassie, not to mention present day royalty and celebrities.

Today, the Pump Room is a very popular venue for day time refreshments, and is also used for special occasions, corporate hospitality, concerts, weddings and as a favourite rendezvous for both local people and visitors to the city. 

Image: Pump Room exterior
Image: Stall Street exterior
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