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.
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From an elopement wedding, to a celebration for 300 guests, the Roman Baths & Pump Room offer unique, atmopsheric and flexible spaces for your wedding.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you need any further help or advice, please get in touch.
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.
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.
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.