Assembly Rooms
Assembly Rooms
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Designed by John Wood the Younger, the Bath Assembly Rooms is a Grade 1 listed building that's a key part of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath. The New or Upper Rooms as they were known, provided a place for people to meet and enjoy daily entertainments including balls, concerts, teas and gambling. The National Trust are currently working on a new visitor experience which will enable the Assembly Rooms to continue to be a place for assembly, connection and entertainment, welcoming in Bath’s visitors and residents. The full experience is currently due to open in 2026, but until then there will be special events, tours and programming at the Bath Assembly Rooms.
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  • Darren A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    dont miss this if you're in the area
    Fantastic experience. As National Trust members it was a free tour (make sure you book in advance). There are plans to add a lot to this experience as it's in it's first few months, but I'd highly recommend now. Learnt a lot about the history of the place and what life was like in the 1800's. Great tour guide with loads of knowledge and a wonderful style, very welcoming.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Sportycb
    Watford, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newly opened - Be wary of older reviews
    Although the property has been owned by the National Trust since 1931, it had been run by the local council who had been struggling with its upkeep. The National Trust has taken control since March and still working on doing it up. For this reason, there are only 2 tours a day, but definitely go on the website and book it. It's definitely worth a visit, and the limited numbers really helps. It wouldn't be the same if it were heaving but a guided tour with a maximum of 12 people makes it a great way to see everything properly. Our tour guide Jason was brilliant; really knowledgeable and friendly. He happily took all questions in every room we visited. Plus, the 250 year old chandeliers are both a visit alone.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Fred S
    Manchester, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super staff.
    Visited last weekend. It is not the most spectacular or storied NT property but it was pretty enough inside, the staff were delightful, and the Christmas activities for the children were wonderful. A welcome bit of quiet arts & crafts among the bustle of busy Bath at Christmas.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • emma_evans8955
    Sherborne, United Kingdom222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Stunning! We pre booked our visit and were part of a guided tour. Lovely friendly welcome and the tour guide was very knowledgable and kind. The rooms are just stunning and take your breath away with the huge chandeliers. Lots of history and well worth a visit, but you must pre book.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 3, 2024
  • Sarah_PZ9343CR
    Ventnor, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting historical deep dive
    The rooms are closed for refurbishment at the moment and so empty apart from the amazing chandeliers (which are amongst the finest in the world) but you can book an hour long behind the scenes tour, and I would really recommend it if you are interested in the Georgian period or the characters of that time. The guide Alison was very good, and used snippets from letters and poems written by people attending or working at the assembly rooms to create a vivid picture of when they were at their peak, including the British weather, the rush for refreshments, the gambling and strict societal pecking order. It's all on one level with strategic chairs and the staff (Kate and Alison) provided some water and made allowances for mobility issues, which was much appreciated. The assembly rooms are at the top of a hill though so leave time for the climb!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Hull_is_great
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A National Trust treasure
    Now back under National Trust control and undergoing extensive renovation over the next 2 years. So it is only open for x3 one hour tours a day - need to pre-book. Great tour, wonderful insights into Georgian life in the Assembly Rooms (where etiquette ruled supreme), through Alison the tour guide. When you see the state it was in after the "Badeker bombing raids" in 1942 you realise what an amazing job NT have done in the past, giving confidence that the current restoration will be well done, making it worth revisiting in 2026. Still worth a tour now - so remember to book ahead (free if NT member).
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Mirna M
    Perth, United Kingdom73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    I loved the place. It is amazing how the imagination can be triggered in empty rooms. I loved it. The chandeliers were hidden during the WW2 in surrounding mines and saved. Today each of them worth millions. The only one thing. A well-intentioned remark from colleague guide: don't start every sentence with long Uuuhmmm
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
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Sarah G
Sheffield, UK27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Check it is actually open before you visit! I planned a one day tour of Bath with a 4pm stop at the Assembly Rooms as the NT website states they are open until 5pm. On arrival I was told the last entry to the fashion museum is at 4pm so I could not visit the Assembly Rooms! I just had time before my train left this morning to climb back up to the Assembly Rooms only to be told they are shut for two days for a function. I wish I had been told that yesterday. Having paid £5 to leave my luggage near the station rather than drag it up Lansdown Road, I was too annoyed to pay another £10 to visit the fashion museum. Very disappointed but the lesson is to telephone to check first. Be warned!
Written May 4, 2022
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Historic & of Architectural Interest

In September, while strolling Bath, rain forced us into a lovely little wine bar/bistro/wine shop. Along with the wines, it was almost like a Welcome Center for Bath. Our server was so helpful in pointing out things to do, in the area, when the rain let up. One of her best recommendations was the Bath Assembly Rooms, just across the street from the wine shop.

As a student of both history, and architecture, this was a great recommendation. The outside is attractive, done in Bath Stone (Oolithic limestone), and the interior beautiful, with the galleries, and the chandeliers.

There was no tour, when we visited, so we just wandered, and explored. I think that a tour would be in order, as we were unable to visit the entire building, and we will return, for the full program.
Written July 20, 2020
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crystalcatLondon
London, UK151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Polite society used to attend dances and gatherings in the Assembly Rooms. Today the rooms are empty areas leading to the cafe, shop and museum. They can be booked for weddings and parties. The large central room has a stunning glass chandelier and artwork on the walls. Worth a look.
Written February 22, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review, and you are right these were Bath's central social hub during the late 1700's, and all of the chandelier's are originals!
Written March 8, 2020
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Cuxton
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We had booked to go to the Fashion event, and were delighted to be able to see the Assembly Rooms. Must make use of the audio players. The detail in the talks was pretty impressive. I had no idea that the Assembly Rooms had been bombed in retaliation for cultural raids on places such as Lubeck. The effect can be seen on the change in the colour of the stonework. How come the wonderful chandeliers survived!? Audio tours explained how these Rooms were used. My wife intends to reread Northanger Abbey, as it is partly based on the events at these wonderful rooms.
Written July 18, 2021
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Just a 4-min walk from the Jane Austen Centre in downtown Boston is the Regency assembly rooms, a stunning octagon building, with a ballroom, tearoom, and interesting fashion museum.
Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769 it opened to the public in 1771 with its glittering 18th-century Ball Room for ladies in elegant dress accompanied by fancy dandies to dance and hold "soirees “in.
Over the years it gradually detreated until it was restored in 1963 to its present-day glory, and even though its owned by the National Trust, it's free to look around, admire the wooden floors and sparkling chandelier and visit the gift shop, card room and check out the cafe in the tea room, only the fashion museum charges to enter.

TIP: The Assembly Rooms are closed on Monday like most museums.
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Written December 27, 2021
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Hull_is_great
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Now back under National Trust control and undergoing extensive renovation over the next 2 years. So it is only open for x3 one hour tours a day - need to pre-book. Great tour, wonderful insights into Georgian life in the Assembly Rooms (where etiquette ruled supreme), through Alison the tour guide. When you see the state it was in after the "Badeker bombing raids" in 1942 you realise what an amazing job NT have done in the past, giving confidence that the current restoration will be well done, making it worth revisiting in 2026. Still worth a tour now - so remember to book ahead (free if NT member).
Written March 14, 2024
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Christine T
Buckhurst Hill, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The outside of the building is striking and the inside is lovely with the most beautiful chandeliers.

We went there for a tour of 'the History of Fashion' it was well presented and really interesting with the most amazing outfits that have been donated by various private collectors.

What is fascinating is the fabrics look like they have never been worn, 400 years and they aren't even faded... Fabulous!
Written June 11, 2021
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Mirna M
Perth, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I loved the place. It is amazing how the imagination can be triggered in empty rooms. I loved it. The chandeliers were hidden during the WW2 in surrounding mines and saved. Today each of them worth millions. The only one thing. A well-intentioned remark from colleague guide: don't start every sentence with long Uuuhmmm
Written April 7, 2024
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A.S.
Kent, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I was unsure of what to expect of the Assembly Rooms but I am beyond glad that I visited. Each of the rooms are gorgeous however, the chandeliers are possibly the stars of the show! Visit the rooms where Georgian balls were held (and Bridgerton was filmed!). Take advantage of free entry for Bath residents and students
Written June 16, 2022
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Sportycb
Watford, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Although the property has been owned by the National Trust since 1931, it had been run by the local council who had been struggling with its upkeep. The National Trust has taken control since March and still working on doing it up. For this reason, there are only 2 tours a day, but definitely go on the website and book it. It's definitely worth a visit, and the limited numbers really helps. It wouldn't be the same if it were heaving but a guided tour with a maximum of 12 people makes it a great way to see everything properly.

Our tour guide Jason was brilliant; really knowledgeable and friendly. He happily took all questions in every room we visited. Plus, the 250 year old chandeliers are both a visit alone.
Written September 21, 2023
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