On the impressive approach to The Holburne Museum, the building’s grand façade and gardens provide an inkling of its grandeur and history. The Grade I listed building was originally designed and constructed as a hotel but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art.
The fascinating pieces that adorn one of Bath’s most beautiful buildings vary from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. There is so much to see and explore, and even if you’re a regular visitor you can discover something new with the continually-changing temporary exhibitions.
Upstairs you can experience themes of eighteenth-century culture through porcelain, paintings and sculpture. In the impressive former ballroom, silver and china are laid out as though for a banquet, sparkling under a crystal chandelier, while glamorous members of seventeenth and eighteenth-century society look down from the walls.
Just across the hallway you’ll find the impressive collections of Sir William Holburne, who founded the museum. You’ll get a real sense of what Sir William enjoyed in his art with a strong presence of Golden-Age Dutch works and miniature objects such as gems and portrait miniatures.
The top floor of the museum is home to pieces from the Golden Age of British painting. Discover more about the history of Bath as the works embrace Bath's history as a fashionable and artistic spa city. William Hoare and Thomas Gainsborough lived in Bath and examples of their work can be found at the Holburne. Their paintings are hung alongside canvases by Zoffany, Ramsay and Stubbs amongst others.
The museum also has its own Garden Café, which opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens, offering the perfect place to relax after exploring indoors. The Garden Café prides itself on seasonal, delicious, fresh food and has won a Restaurant and Bar Design Award, showing that inspirational design isn’t confined to the museum’s exhibition rooms.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Art Fund/ NUS card holders/ 19-25 year olds||£5.50 per person per day|
|Full Price||£11.00 per person per day|
|Groups (10+)||£10.00 per person per day|
Free admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
Free for 18 and under, friends and patrons of the Holburne, staff and students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University and adult accompanying a disabled visitor.
The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.
|2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* (Museum is closed 24-26 December 2020 and 1 January 2020)
There’s an admission charge to visit the Holburne’s collection, displays and exhibitions on the first and second floor galleries.
- Full Price £11 (£12.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Concessions Art Fund | NUS card holders | 19 to 25 year olds £5.50 (£7 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Groups 10+ £10 (£11.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- FREE admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
- FREE for 18 and under | Friends and Patrons of the Holburne | Staff and Students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University | Adult accompanying a disabled visitor.
The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.
- Gift Shop
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Event venue
- Film or TV location
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- On Bus Route
Map & Directions
From M4 junction 18 take A46 then A4 towards Bath. Once on the A4 turn left at third major set of traffic lights towards the A36, then at the lights at the end of the road turn right on to the A36 towards Bristol. The museum is a short distance on the left.
Public Transport Directions
No 18 bus from Bus Station/City Centre to Great Pulteney Street.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good424
- stevemA1909PFBeautifully kept museumWednesday, 1st September 2021Excellent visit, primarily for the Canaletto, but enjoyed the whole experience. Some interesting Gainsborough’s caught my eye. Staff were friendly and helpful. Read full review
- Familyguyo5Plymouth, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWorthwhile visitFriday, 10th September 2021We enjoyed our visit to this museum and gallery. Lots to see and enjoy and we found a couple of guides helpful and informative. I particularly like paintings but overall the museum is well worth the... Read full review
- fnm2015London, United Kingdoma gem of a museumSaturday, 11th September 2021This museum has some wonderful treasures and we could have spent a lot longer if we'd not had a train to catch. The china, silver, gems, paintings and furniture are beautifully displayed in a period... Read full review
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