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Things to do in Bath Assembly Rooms

The Tea Room at the Bath Assembly Rooms, Somerset
The Tea Room, which will host the first of an exciting programme of partnership events at the Bath Assembly Rooms | © National Trust Images/Dawn Biggs

Explore the Bath Assembly Rooms through exciting partnership events and behind-the-scenes tours to uncover what once lay at the heart of fashionable Georgian society.

The Bath Assembly Rooms were designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769. Their purpose was to be a place for dancing and music. When they were completed in 1771 they were described as 'the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom'.

Each of the four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room, had a specific purpose, as their names suggest, but they could all adapt for other functions, as they still do today.

Discover the rooms on a guided tour

Join your host for a fully guided tour of the ground floor of the Assembly Rooms. You'll learn a little about the future plans and be taken through the Ball Room, Great Octagon, Tea Room and Card Room where we'll share some of the history behind the building. Booking essential - click here to book your tickets.

Discover the rooms during partnership events

Through an exciting programme of events during 2023, visitors will be able to explore the elegant rooms as they transform for different partners.

There will also be opportunities to engage with plans for the future of the building, as we test and finalise our plans for a new Georgian experience.

Aquatint print of Assembly Rooms, Bath by John Claude Nattes (Ireland c.1765 - London 1822)
Print of Bath Assembly Rooms by John Claude Nattes | © National Trust / Simon Harris

Our plans for the future of the Bath Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms has recently returned to the management of the National Trust and we're working to develop a new Georgian experience, currently due to open in 2026.

Visiting the rooms will be different in the coming years whilst this major project gets under way to reveal the history of the Rooms in Georgian Bath.

You can read more about our plans for the future here.

Chandelier in the Ball Room at Bath Assembly Rooms, Bath

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Future plans for Bath Assembly Rooms 

Find out more about the Bath Assembly Rooms project and how we're working with partners and the local community to develop an exciting and relevant future for the Bath Assembly Rooms. We want to reveal the stories of the building and Georgian society as well as explore its role in twenty-first century Bath.

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