Future plans for Bath Assembly Rooms

Beautifully decorated plaster ceiling in white, gold and blue

We’re delighted to be taking on management of Bath Assembly Rooms from March 2023. This will enable us to share the history of Georgian Bath and reveal stories of its social life in a way that is tangible and exciting.

The National Trust has owned Bath Assembly Rooms since 1931. They are currently leased to Bath and North East Somerset Council who use them to house the Fashion Museum and as a venue for events and meetings.

Our ambition for the future

The Assembly Rooms are a significant part of the World Heritage Site of Bath and our ambition is to explore the important role they played in society, and what that means to us today, whilst celebrating its beauty and splendour.

" This is a hugely exciting opportunity to bring this important building to life. Taking over Bath Assembly Rooms will allow the National Trust to develop new experiences in the centre of Bath, telling the stories of the Georgian city in a building that was the heart of its social scene in the late eighteenth-century, and making these relevant to today."

We plan to create an experience that will transport our visitors to Georgian Bath, while exploring the role that the Assembly Rooms can play in the city today. 

The next few years

Between resuming the management of the Bath Assembly Rooms in March 2023 and opening we’ll be uncovering the history of the building, testing and finalising our plans and undertaking building works. We hope to open the new visitor offer in 2025.

During this time we want to share the work going on behind the scenes, the stories we uncover and get feedback on our plans for the future. 

We are also working with partner organisations to see how the rooms can be used for public benefit during this period. 

What we're doing now

Ahead of getting the keys back in March 2023 we're working with creative colleagues, partner organisations and the local community to develop an exciting and relevant future for the building. Research and historical records are underpinning our decisions to ensure the full story of Bath Assembly Rooms can be enjoyed by everyone.

Through engaging communities and local groups, we want to make sure the Bath Assembly Rooms provide inclusive experiences and various ways people can get involved, including volunteering and programming opportunities.

Tom Boden explains further about our approach. ‘We’re working closely with our many friends and partners in the city to develop our plans for Bath Assembly Rooms.  Bath benefits from a wide range of high-quality museums and visitor attractions, and we want to complement and support their existing offers.”

The income generated by Bath Assembly Rooms will help to support conservation work at other nearby National Trust places, including the 500 acres of countryside that help to provide the green setting for the City of Bath.