About The Athenaeum

Bury St Edmunds began its existence as an Anglo-Saxon settlement called Bedric’s Worth.

In the 9th century Edmund the King of East Anglia was martyred here and the town remains a memorial to him to this day. Since those days the town has grown into the thriving and bustling market town it is today, attracting visitors from all over the world to see its historic buildings and fabulous architecture.

One of these iconic buildings is The Athenaeum, purpose-built in the early 18th century as the ‘Assembly Rooms’ where the locals could gather to play cards, read books, attend parties and generally have a good time; not that different from its use today! It was re-named The Athenaeum in 1854 and is a Grade I listed building comprising of a number of spaces that are available for hire. These include the ornate Georgian Ballroom, its chandeliered ceiling and grand décor being reminiscent to the days of Pride and Prejudice. Now owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and managed in association with the Council’s catering partners, Sodexo Prestige, it is well known as a ‘local venue for local people’ playing host to wedding receptions, balls, conferences, dinners and so much more.

Find out more about The Athenaeum

Watch the video below to find out more about The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds.


The Athenaeum Gallery

  • the Athenaeum
  • Athenaeume Foyer
  • External shot

Contact our Team today

Contact the sales team on 01284 758380 or email enquiries.athenaeum.uk@sodexo.com to discuss how we can make your event as special as the venue.

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