The Athenaeum

Bury St Edmunds

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The Athenaeum is more then just a venue; its superior location, unrivalled period features, highly experienced event planners and chefs are on hold to ensure every last detail is taken care of.

The Athenaeum is a beautiful Grade I listed building located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds. Licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, it is the perfect venue for a truly memorable day.

Whether you are planning to host the whole occasion – from the romantic ceremony through to your evening reception – we would be delighted to help you create a day that you and your guests will never forget.

The Athenaeum has long been at the centre of Bury St Edmunds life. Originally a grand private home, it has since played host to society balls, readings and lectures by literary giants such as Charles Dickens and William Thackeray.

Today, the elegant, Georgian, chandeliered Ballroom is an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. This ornate and impressive space is complete with a grand, high ceiling, a balcony and a sweeping staircase for that fairy-tale entrance and as the perfect backdrop for magical photographs.

The Athenaeum is more than just a venue. Its perfect location, unrivalled period features and facilities coupled with our highly experienced front-of-house team and chefs will ensure every last detail is taken care of.

Your dedicated wedding planner will help and advise you on all aspects of the day, from ensuring your arrival runs smoothly through to the cake, flowers, theming and photography.

Our talented chefs will work with you to craft a bespoke menu to mark your special day at an affordable price.

At The Athenaeum we pride ourselves on attention to detail – which is why we work closely with you to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

Whatever your budget and requirements, rest assured that our experienced team can prepare a bespoke package to suit all of your wishes.

The Athenaeum offers five versatile spaces that can be hired individually or you can hire the whole venue exclusively: The Old Billiards Room at the front of the property is perfect for ceremonies for up to 60 guests. You can also use The Lounge (max capacity 70) and The Reading Room (max capacity 40) upstairs as a more intimate space for smaller gatherings. Alternatively you can choose our grand, Georgian Ballroom located on the ground floor at the back of the property with a maximum capacity of 180.

The Athenaeum at a Glance

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Up to 180
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Up to 200
We cater from 30 to 160 guests Licenced for ceremonies In house, bespoke catering from buffets to fine dining Historic and unique venue Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator and Opperations Team Packages available from £30 per person Pricing Category : AffordableHistoricCountry House Manor HouseWedding Contact : Klaudyna GrelaNo of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - Betwen 30 and 50 Location : In The City View More
Nearest Airport : Stansted AirportNearest Train Station : Bury St Edmunds Train StationChurch Within Walking DistanceUnique Wedding VenueAffordableUnusualClassicFormalIn House DancefloorCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseCorkage ChargeIn House CateringBuffet StylePre-Wedding ConsultationSeated MealSet UpStaff ProvidedTables And Chairs ProvidedTableware ProvidedTastingsSound Systems Available Ceremony MusicReception MusicPackageOn The Day Wedding CoordinationBallroomDisabled AccessExclusive UseGrade Listed BuildingIn House Wedding CoordinatorOnsite ParkingLovely GroundsRomanticUrbanWedding Planners View Less

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Have a designated Wedding Planner to take the stress off your shoulders so that you can have the best and most enjoyable day of your life.

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Sophie and Sam
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We were very happy with The Athenaeum, as a venue for our ceremony. We had our ceremony in The Old Billiards Room and it was lovely. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful and everything went off without a hitch! The perfect day!
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Lisa and richard
Been to weddings at the atheneuim can't wait for mine as Jamaica was cancelled


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