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The Athenaeum

Five Versatile Spaces
Beautiful Yet Formal Meeting Space
The Old Billiards Room
Grade I Listed Venue
In The Heart of Historic City
Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Events

Introduction

From the food on offer to the standards of service provided, The Athenaeum always delivers first-class events. As part of Prestige Venues and Events, The Athenaeum has resources to ensure that at every stage of your event, from the initial enquiry through to the delivery on the day, is exactly as you would want it to be.

Five 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 delegates whether they are attending a small meeting 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 around or network.

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

The venue is located in the heart of the historic town centre, close to a marvellous array of shops and tourist attractions. From a practical perspective we can arrange free parking for corporate events at a nearby car park. There is a good local bus and train service and the main A14 lies just 2 miles north of the town.

The expert team at The Athenaeum is committed to delivering a professional, attentive and friendly service, going the extra mile to guarantee the success of your event.

Catering

Catering and event management services at The Athenaeum are provided by Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the UK’s leading catering and events company, partnered with over 45 of the country’s best loved museums, sports stadia, heritage sites and visitor attractions. The Head Chef at The Athenaeum is passionate about food and always takes the time to create unique, delicious menus for every bespoke event by using locally sourced products.

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Breakout Areas

Theatre Layout Classroom layout U-Shape Layout Boardroom Layout Cabaret Layout
The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom 200 100 70 70 160 View Media
The Lounge The Lounge 70 30 30 30 40 View Media
The Reading Room The Reading Room 40 20 25 25 32 View Media
The Old Library The Old Library 56 12 - 12 32 View Media
The Old Billiards Room The Old Billiards Room 56 12 - 12 32 View Media

Dining Rooms

Max Diners Room Height Room Width Room Length
The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom 160 - - - View Media
The Lounge The Lounge 40 - - - View Media
The Reading Room The Reading Room 32 - - - View Media

Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout Classroom layout U-Shape Layout Boardroom Layout Cabaret Layout
The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom The Ballroom 200 100 70 70 160 View Media
The Lounge The Lounge 70 30 30 30 40 View Media
The Reading Room The Reading Room 40 20 25 25 32 View Media
The Old Library The Old Library 56 12 - 12 32 View Media
The Old Billiards Room The Old Billiards Room 56 12 - 12 32 View Media
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Venue Address

Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1LU

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