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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

Inspired by The Palladian villas, Prior Park Bath is a historic wedding venue nestled in a sweeping valley overlooking Bath, Somerset. Originally completed in 1741, this mansion house is renowned as an ambitious recreation of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio's iconic buildings. From this impressive rendering of Bath stone, you can celebrate your union against the sweeping backdrop of the National Trust landscaped gardens and the magnificent Palladian Bridge.

Facilities and Capacity

Prior Park offers couples the opportunity to enjoy a most special day in gated surroundings, extending to 57 acres of private parkland. Composed of a central corps de logis, the building itself forms a most enchanting scene, connected by two curving galleries to a west and east pavilion. Here, a breathtaking on-site chapel allows you the chance to embrace a timeless, traditional ceremony embraced by mid 19th-century wonder. Spanning the length of the building, the expansive Academy Hall can easily host 120 guests for a lavish wedding breakfast. As for the evening reception, you will have a wealth of settings to choose from including the Palladian restaurant and Garden Room which provides level access for the chosen entertainment.

Services Offered

Despite its grand surroundings, weddings at Prior Park always have a welcoming and personable feel. Led by a dedicated wedding coordinator, the event staff take the time to identify how the venue can best meet your expectations for the perfect day. From contemporary to classic romance, fine dining to family platters, the choice is yours how this unique setting will come alive on your special date.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Stately home
Marquees and tents

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
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100% Recommended by couples
Claudia Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding experience

From start to finish, James was the most accommodating person to work with whilst planning a wedding. Nothing was too much trouble, he was flexible to help us stay within budget (we really wanted the artwork removing from the canteen as 10% of our budget would’ve been spent covering it so we paid them to take it off at a fraction of the price).

We were allowed to go to the venue as much as we wanted ahead of time to take measurements, pictures, everything we needed to plan the perfect day.

My bridesmaids and I got ready at the venue in a common room. We had a delightful breakfast spread that prior park put on for us.

The food was incredible! Everyone who eats beef should get the beef! For mass catering everything was delicious. The tastings were great and we were so pleased that, that transpired on the day when catering for so many more.

They turned everything around seamlessly and honestly I can’t thank James and the team enough for helping us have the perfect day that was also hugely enjoyable for both myself and my husband.

I’m so sad the day is over but we had a day full of memories to last a lifetime.

Thank you!
Sophie P. Sent on 16/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day!

Thank you so so much to James at and the team at Prior for ensuring our day went without a hitch. James put us at ease with all our arrangements and was extremely accomodating to any requests we had. Staff on the day were fantastic, food was incredible, alot of adults were jealous of the sausage and chip cones the little ones had too!
Couldn't have asked for a better day, highly recommend. Thank you!!
Rebecca C. Sent on 29/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible venue and staff team

We cannot recommend Prior Park College highly enough as a venue. Not just for the stunning views of Bath and the Palladian Bridge, the beautiful backdrop of the Mansion or the beautiful hall but for the hospitality of the events manager, catering and staff.

James Lindsay has made the dream our long awaited wedding celebration into a reality. We booked Prior Park in 2018 but due to Covid had to reschedule our celebration 2 more times until finally we could celebrate in July 2022. James’ communication has been fantastic and he has always been more than happy to accommodate multiple viewings across those years and has always made us feel valued and welcome, making time for us whenever suited us to discuss every detail of the day. His experience in running weddings made us feel at ease and his advice and help on anything from food and drink to decorations and timings meant that we were reassured that the day would run smoothly. James was happy to make a reality anything we asked for, including stringing lights across the ceiling, ivy running up the Mansion stairs, a grazing platter for the guests and helping us add a little bit of magic with our Harry Potter theme!

The catering team were fantastic. We had the freedom to choose any food we wanted in any style and James and Chef gave suggestions of menus and possibilities, and were always happy to amend choices with every change of our mind! The catering team did a fantastic job of providing a grazing platter for our guests which was presented beautifully and tasted incredible. There was more than enough food for everyone and so many of our guests complimented the quality of the cooking and ingredients – the Arancini in particular! Any guests with allergies and intolerances were considered thoughtfully and enjoyed the food just as much. The catering team really did go above and beyond and we were so touched that they surprised us on the day with adding cheese broomsticks and chocolate frogs after hearing about our Harry Potter theme!

Thank you so much James and all the team at Prior - we are so pleased we chose Prior Park and if we could do it all over again, we would!
Shaheer H. Sent on 14/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A hidden gem in Bath

We came across Prior Park while searching for wedding venues in Bath and fell in love with the venue at first viewing.

The picturesque Portico steps, towered by the Corinthian columns and overlooking the Bath skyline and the National Trust owned Palladian Bridge, were a perfect setup for our summer outdoor wedding ceremony and reception and the scenery left our guests in awe.

The ornate Academy Hall, with its intricate plasterwork panels and pilasters, three chandeliers, and large windows looking out into the scenery was a gorgeous set up for the wedding breakfast.

Finally, the John Wood Chapel served as the venue for post-dinner festivities: cake cutting, followed by band and dancing. The Chapel, which serves as College’s music room has a large ornately decorated dome, which was a perfect area for the band setup.

We were supported by James and team all through the planning stages and on the day. We were keen maximise the use of this beautiful venue on our wedding day and James was very accommodating with our ideas. For e.g the John Wood Chapel had previously never been used for in a wedding, but James helped us make it happen for our band and dancing.

We’d highly recommend Prior Park College as a wedding venue. It truly is a gem!
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Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH Bath (Somerset)
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