Great Pulteney Street
Somerset BA1 2QH
This is one of England’s great small museums and should not be missed.
At the eastern end of Great Pulteney Street in Bath, over the Pulteney Bridge about a ¼ of a mile (400 Metres) from the city centre, is the 18th century Holburne Museum. It is set in the hexagonal Sydney Gardens, which is thought to be the country’s only surviving 18th century Pleasure Garden.
This is a University Museum and is home to the superb art collection of Sir William Holburne. In its collection are important paintings, including several portraits by Gainsborough and Stubbs and landscapes by Guardi and Tuner. It also houses a very good collection of silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain together with miniatures and glass.
The Museum has undergone a major redevelopment - this redevelopment repaired the fabric of the current building and allowed disabled access to all floors.
There are new galleries, with the redevelopment almost doubling the current display space. There is also a new glass and ceramic garden pavilion extension facing the Sydney Gardens and on the ground floor, a garden café.
Plan Your Visit
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Admission is free but a charge may apply to some of the temporary exhibitions. Go to Web: Visiting the Holburne Museum
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1225 388 569
- Walk: via the Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon – the Museum is straight ahead at the end of Great Pulteney Street.
- Open Top Tour Bus: The Open-Top Bus Tour stops outside the Museum.
- By Car from London: From the M4 Motorway, take Exit 18 to the A4 and follow the ‘brown’ Museum direction signs to Bath and the Holburne Museum of Art.
- By car from Bristol: Take the A4 or the A431.
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