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.
Mon–Sat 9am–7.30pm (earliest – later subject to events). Sundays: closed but available for exclusive use. Admission free. Assembly House Restaurant, Café/Bar and Noverre Gallery & Shop open Monday to Saturday. Renowned for traditional afternoon tea.