Bath and the Cotswolds Travel Guide

Bath and the Cotswolds Sights

Holburne Museum

  • Great Pulteney St. Map It
  • Bath
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

One of Bath's gems, this elegant 18th-century building and its modern extension house a superb collection of 17th- and 18th-century decorative arts, ceramics, and silverware. Highlights include paintings by Gainsborough (The Byam Family, on indefinite loan) and George Stubbs (Reverend Carter Thelwall and Family), and a hilarious collection of caricatures of the Georgian city's fashionable elite. In its original incarnation as the Sydney Hotel, the house was one of the pivots of Bath's high society, which came to perambulate in the pleasure gardens (Sydney Gardens) that still lie behind it. One visitor was Jane Austen, whose main Bath residence was No. 4 Sydney Place, a brief stroll from the museum. There's also an excellent café and tea garden on-site.

Sight Information

Address:

Great Pulteney St., Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, BA2 4DB, England

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Phone:

01225-388569

Website: www.holburne.org

Sight Details:

  • Free; suggested donation £3

Published 08/20/2030

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