Bath Guildhall Market

Feb 2 | Posts

Bath Guildhall Market is much more than just a shopping venue, it is a 19th century covered market exhibiting some of the best and oldest architecture in Bath. This historic 19th century covered market is just next to the banks of the River Avon, in the heart of the of the city centre, just 80 yards from Bath Abbey and opposite the famous Pulteney Bridge.

The Bath Guildhall Market has been a shopping market for over 800 years and is one of the oldest buildings of its kind in the city. The building is Grade I listed and was completed in 1778, extended in 1893. It is made from the beautiful Bath stone that you’ll see everywhere in the city, with classic Iconic columns and a grand central façade.

The amazing space and light created at the Bath Guildhall Market is by its grand central ceiling dome, flooding the marketplace with light. The covered market forms a continuous building with the Victoria Art Gallery.

One of the must-see parts of the marketplace is ‘The Nail’, a table on an 18th century pillar from the building’s early days. This table was used for transactions, which is believed to be where the term ‘pay on the nail’ comes from.

Shoppers at the Guildhall Market love the traditional feel of the marketplace, which boasts a fantastic and varied choice of some 20 traders. From deli foods and fresh produce, to leather goods, books, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs, a pet stall and even a hardware shop.

Take some ‘Time Out’ at the so named coffee shop at the Guildhall Market with a great range of coffee served together with home-made cakes and snacks. There’s also the traditional Guildhall Market Café if you fancy something more substantial. It serves up incredible all-day breakfasts with all the trimmings, plus stews, curries, sandwiches, cakes, a choice of daily specials and much more.

It’s very easy to find, just yards from Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey too, with two entrances, one is on the high street by the Abbey, while the other is opposite Pulteney Bridge. The market is open from 8:00am to 5:30pm, but the shops have their own individual opening hours so it may be best to check before you visit. The whole marketplace is wheelchair accessible.

Not to be missed! And – don’t forget the all famous Christmas Markets held in the Guildhall Market and in heated marquees in the car park outside – these run from the last Thursday of November to 9th December – the atmosphere is fantastic!

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