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Assembly Rooms, Bath

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Architectural Building Historic Site
It is universally acknowledged that Assembly Rooms have stood as the spot of the high society, visited by notables like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Opened since 1771, the building contains several assembly rooms which have all been restored in the original fashion. Imagine dancing at a private ball or gaze at the crystal chandeliers above you in the 30 m (100 ft) long Georgian ballroom. You can also stroll through the tea and card room to envision the life of Victorian youth having fun. Families will appreciate the various crafts and games organized by the museum, with all materials supplied. With our online itinerary creator, Bath attractions like Assembly Rooms can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • If you were young, unattached and wealthy in Georgian, Bath there was only one place to be seen- the Assembly rooms! The rooms are free for public visits via the cafe or main entrance . There a brief ...  more »
  • A fantastic concert in a good venue. There's easy but pricy street parking nearby. The hall is classical in style so has some ambience that is almost invariably lacking in modern venues. Plus the seat...  more »
  • Fascinating place if it is not being used as a wedding venue or event and free entrance. Very 'Jane Austen' with the Octagon Room, ballroom, the card room and the tea room. Fantastic chandeliers.  more »
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  • Assembly Rooms encorporate the Fashion Museum. Situated a short walk from the Royal Crescent. Regular exhibitions of important clothing from all era's including clothes worn by past Royalty along with costumes used in many classic films & dramas. Not suitable for very young children or anyone not interested in history. Good idea to call ahead to see what special exhibitions might be on. Gets very busy. Well worth a visit. There's a small gift shop but it's rather pricey!
  • Nice National Trust place, free entry to everyone. The only spacious rooms in Bath... Nice architecture, and fine arts, not too many though. Was a meet up point for wealthy people in the 1800's, for afternoon tea, gambling and balls. The fashion museum is in the same building at the basement, but there is a fee for entry.
  • A beautiful example of what buildings can be like and why we need to protect our architectural heritage, We went here to visit the clothing exhibition in the basement and loved how close you could get to the exhibits and see every detail on them. If you have the time please visit this place you wont regret it.
  • I can't say much about the assembly rooms as a tourist attraction but I had my graduation here in winter and the venue certainly seemed nice. I also attended a university ball here, there was plenty of space but not enough tables and they didn't really distribute the food well throughout. Some tables got one tray of hor's d'ouevres (please excuse my spelling) whilst others got four different types.
  • Although the building is not the most majestic one in bath for me personally, the interior gives you a really good feel of what social life and social events must have been like 100-200 years ago. Having a love for costume drama's, I could immediately imagine myself walking around in the place, hoping for a gentleman to ask me to dance. Very nice experience and worth popping in for a visit, especially if you combine it with one of the museums located there.

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A quintessential British town filled with quaint teashops and riverside promenades, Bath is packed with a variety of hotels suitable for a range of travel budgets. For a leisurely experience of this ancient spa destination, consider staying at a stylish B&B, where you can enjoy a private room and a hearty breakfast. To enjoy that feel of home-away-from-home and indulge in some "me" time at an ultimate urban retreat, book your rooms at one of Bath's many spa hotels. These luxury hotels offer top spa and fitness facilities, many of which are open to guests not staying at the hotel as well.
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