One of the most glorious examples of Georgian assembly rooms architecture in the country
The Assembly House was designed by the architect Thomas Ivory. The building incorporates the original layout of a previous structure, the medieval college of St Mary in the Fields. When it opened, The Assembly House was used as a centre for entertainment and assemblies for the local gentry. During its long history it has hosted a waxworks exhibition by Madame Tussaud, a concert by the composer Franz Liszt, and many lavish balls including one in 1805 to celebrate Nelson's famous victory off Cape Trafalgar.
Today the rooms appear almost exactly as they did at the height of the Regency period, and are used for exhibitions, concerts, conferences and weddings.
The House is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.
The Assembly House restaurant is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and pre-theatre dinner.
The Noverre Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm.