Courtesy of Colin Hawkins

Assembly Rooms

Step into the heart of Regency social life - the place to see and be seen

  • Heritage
  • Museums

Bath’s grand Assembly Rooms have been the pinnacle of fashion for much of their existence. Opened in 1771, the Assembly Rooms - which were the place for Bath’s high society to meet, dance and be entertained - were described as ‘the most noble and elegant of any in the country’.

The tradition for fashion continued, when in 1963 it was decided to house Bath’s new Fashion Museum in the lower floors of the building. The Fashion Museum is now world-renowned for its collection of historic and contemporary dress and is well worth a visit.

For more Bath architecture head right out of the main door and walk for two minutes to The Circus, one of Bath’s greatest architectural marvels.

Did you know?

As the epicentre of fashionable Bath social life, the Assembly Rooms are featured in two of Jane Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, as well as Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers - 'In the ball-room, the long card-room, the octagonal card-room, the staircases, and the passages, the hum of many voices, and the sound of many feet, were perfectly bewildering'.

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Accessibility

  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
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