About The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, purpose-built in the early 18th century as a space for the community to gather to play cards, read books, attend parties and generally have a good time – which is not so different from its use today. Our venue was re-named The Athenaeum in 1854, and is a Grade I listed building. We have a range of spaces available for private hire, ideal for a range of corporate and private events.

Unique Features

Ideal location in the heart of Bury St Edmunds
18th century Grade I listed building with period features
Large selection of refreshments
Full audio visual facilities available for use in all the halls

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Upcoming Events At The Athenaeum

Christmas Exclusive Hire Available


Enjoy the exclusive hire of our beautiful, Georgian Ballroom this year – themed as a Christmas Glitterball Party.

Christmas GlitterBall Party

5th, 6th, 7th, 12th,13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st

On arrival, you and your guests will be welcomed and presented with a glass of sparkling bubbles to start your night off. Following your festive drinks, you will be invited into the magnificently transformed Georgian Ballroom. As soon as you step inside, you will be greeted with a shimmering, glitterball extravaganza!