The Athenaeum

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LU International: +44 (0)1284 758 380
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Welcome to The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building located in the historical Angel Hill area of Bury St Edmunds. Located opposite St Edmundsbury Cathedral and close to the Abbey Gardens. The Athenaeum is a superb wedding venue and can hold up to 160 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

It is also an ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, dinners and balls and has four rooms available for hire from the Lounge and Reading rooms to the very beautiful Ballroom.

The Athenaeum has unrivalled period features and facilities and now has a highly experienced team on site to take care of your requirements.

6 versatile spaces are available to hire individually or you may choose to hire the whole venue exclusively. Either way the rooms will inspire and motivate your guests or delegates whether they are attending a small meeting or wedding for 10 or a large-scale conference for 250.

The inter-linked rooms also make it an ideal venue for exhibitions and when using the venue exclusively there is space for up to 60 exhibitors with plenty of space for visitors to wander round or network.

Drinks receptions are also a speciality and the flexibility of the area means we can comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests in the Ballroom.

We offer standard AV equipment (data-projector and screen, flipchart and pens and delegate stationery) as part of our room hire charges and within our range of great value delegate package which start at just £27 + VAT per head. These packages can be enhanced by adding networking sessions, breakout rooms, additional catering options and extra sound and lighting. Our in-house AV team will be happy to discuss your options but you are also welcome to bring in your own suppliers if required. Please call to find out more.



By road

Leave A14 at J42 following signs for town centre. The Athenaeum is located in Angel Hill in the town centre and there are a number of ‘pay and display’ car parks nearby.

By rail

Nearest railway station is Bury St Edmunds (5 min drive approx)

By air

Nearest Airport is London Stansted (1 hr drive approx)


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 Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Dinner Dinner
Reading Room- 40 20 25 25 - - 40
Lounge 70 30 40 40 48 - 70
Ballroom 180 100 70 70 160 160 250
Library & Or Billiard Room 60 25 15 32 32 - 70

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