The Roman Baths & Pump Room have always been at the social heart of the city and continue to be one of the most popular venues in the region.
If you are looking to wow your guests and offer them an unforgettable evening, the history, atmosphere and great service at the Roman Baths & Pump Room will tick all the boxes. There are different areas within the building that can be used independently or the whole complex can be hired exclusively for larger events.
Take a walk through the magical Roman Baths & Pump Room using the virtual tour below.
Let us know if you'd like a guided virtual venue visit. We will join you on a virtual tour, answer your questions in real time, and highlight the key points of interest relevant to your event.
With our help your event can be both enjoyable and hugely rewarding.
We know that hosting a meeting or large dinner, with delegates from far and wide has the potential to be a stressful and time-consuming affair. Let us take the strain - our team has extensive experience and has previously worked with associations, corporate and government clients including:
This iconic venue is the perfect choice for a memorable business event and can be exclusively yours.
The atmospheric and award-winning Roman Baths & Pump Room is the perfect venue for drinks receptions and dinners.
With origins dating back 2000 years, this is a magical setting that will delight and fascinate your guests. The flexible spaces available ensure that this venue is ideal for events both large and small.
Venue plan, pricing & capacities
Planning & catering information
Whilst you concentrate on creating your perfect dinner guestlist, we will complete a full venue and catering checklist including:
- Bespoke room set up requirements in CAD, including furniture, AV
- Timings to guarantee your event flows and guests have a great time
- Supplier logistics
- Accurate guest numbers noting any guest requirements
- Full menu planning with dietary requirements
We can also:
- Help you design a bespoke event tailored to your individual needs, or those of your client
- Suggest additional services and suppliers from photographers to entertainers
Equipment included in venue hire
Included as part of your venue hire fee is comprehensive AV, staging, easels, lecterns and all furniture. Contact us for more details.
At the Roman Baths & Pump Room all food and beverages are provided by our contracted caterers Searcys. Founded in 1847, Searcys cater in a whole host of historic venues, including Blenheim Palace, Inner Temple and Vinters’ Hall. With their excellent reputation, innovative menus, and use of the finest local ingredients, Searcys are the perfect choice for any event.
We work very closely with Searcys’ professional and dedicated staff and together, we will guide you through every detailed step of the journey to ensure your event runs smoothly. Whether you are looking for an informal drinks reception with canapés, or a dinner for 200 guests, Searcys will discuss every element of the food and drink in order to deliver your preferred, bespoke menu. Their experienced and competent team of professional chefs and service staff will provide peace of mind and a seamless service.
Dinner menus start from £40.50 + VAT per person.
Last Minute Events
We often have late availability and are experienced at managing bookings 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 will not compromise the quality of your event in one of our venues.
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 stones thrown away.
Two inspiring meeting rooms are available at the Pump Room in the centre of Bath.
For meeting enquiries please call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form.
Elegant yet intimate with inspiring views over to Bath Abbey, the Kingston Room and Drawing Room are lovely spaces perfect for meetings. Whilst they are typically used together, with a small meeting in one and refreshments in the other, they can be hired independently.
Venue plan, pricing & capacities
Planning & catering information
Our team are always on hand to discuss any specific requirements you may have to ensure your meeting runs perfectly.
If your delegates would like to visit the museum, we can offer preferential ticket rates for those attending an event in these rooms. Please contact us for more information.
Searcys seasonal day delegate menus, for meetings and events, are bursting with fresh produce to energise and satisfy hungry appetites and minds throughout the day. With fruit burst muffins and smoothies along with delicious meat and vegetarian menus, wholefood salad bar and fresh fruit pots, you'll be spoilt for choice. The menu is available for meetings in the Kingston and Drawing Rooms.
Searcys Feel-Good Conferencing Menu starts from £26 + VAT per person.
Alternatively, smaller groups may prefer to dine in the Pump Room restaurant following a meeting.
Please contact us on 01225 477786 if you'd like more information.
For catering queries please call Searcys on 01225 444477.
Bath is a stunning city and a fantastic destination for a variety of business events, where delegates and guests can enjoy the rich mix of culture, history and leisure facilities.
Luxuriate in the natural hot springs at Thermae Bath Spa, indulge in boutique shopping, sports events or discover quirky bars and restaurants on Bath's cobbled streets. All of this, only 85 minutes from London and 65 minutes from Cardiff.
View our short film for a taste of what you can expect at the Roman Baths & Assembly Rooms.
Find out about discounted train fares on GWR for conference attendees.
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.