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Places to Visit in Bath
The information presented on these Bath pages is based on the Bath City Centre Street Map and Guide
AMERICAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS:
ABBEY HERITAGE VAULTS:
BATH AQUA THEATRE OF GLASS:
BATH BOATING STATION:
The letter bearing the first postage-stamp was sent from this address on 2nd May 1840. The Museum has displays and a continuous video showing the development of the postal system from earliest times to the present day, and changing exhibitions. There is also a full-scale reconstruction of a Victorian post office. Tea Room. The Bath Postal Museum website is an excellent resource for everyone interested in the postal system.
The museum itself is not open to the public, but is a virtual museum. The BRLSI is also a lively venue for lectures and discussion groups. Please phone for details and opening times (office open 11am-4pm).
BATH'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE:The Circus is a circle of 3 storey houses built around a central green. It was begun by John Wood the Elder in 1754, and completed by his son.
Great Pulteney Street designed by Thomas Baldwin, was a very fashionable place to live in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is 100 feet wide and 1100 feet long.
Pulteney Bridge was designed by Robert Adam and finished in 1774.
The Royal Crescent is a crescent of 30 houses built between 1767 and 1775 by John Wood the Younger.
BECKFORD'S TOWER AND MUSEUM:
Beckford's Tower was built in 1827 for William Beckford, one of the nation's most accomplished and interesting characters. He used the Tower as a retreat, to study, to house his precious art collection and rare books and to enjoy the commanding view from the Tower's Belvedere. The museum collection is a fascinating display of prints, pictures, architectural models, objects and furniture that illustrate William Beckford's life and interests both at Fonthill and Bath. No disabled access to tower or museum rooms. Shop.THE MUSEUM OF BATH ARCHITECTURE:
The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5NA. Tel 01225 333895. Fax 01225 445473. Website
Open 10.30am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Last admission 4.15pm.
This museum reveals the fascinating story behind the facades of eighteenth century Bath, showing how it was built, how people lived, and describing the process of decorating and furnishing the Georgian interior. Exhibits include a spectacular model of the entire city. Museum shop.GEORGlAN GARDEN:
Entrance from Gravel Walk, Royal Victoria Park, Bath. Tel 01225 477752. Open Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm from May to October.
The Georgian Garden has been recreated following the original plan of c.1760 to show a typical layout of the period. The position of flower beds, paths and the trellis were located after excavations by Bath Archaeological Trust. The Garden has been filled with plant species found in other town gardens of the time. Free admission.THE GUILDHALL:
Entrance in High Street, Bath. Tel 01225 477782.
Open every Monday 9am-5pm and occasionally at other times.
The Guildhall is magnificent, with its royal portraits and crystal chandeliers. The Georgian interior of the Banqueting Room is possibly the finest in Bath. Free admission.THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM:
Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB. Tel 01225 388569. Website
Open from mid-February to mid-December, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2.30pm-5.30pm. Closed Mondays except for group bookings by appointment.
The collection of decorative and fine art on display here includes English and continental silver and porcelain, furniture and paintings by Gainsborough, Turner and Stubbs, among others. The museum also displays the work of leading British 20th century arts and crafts people, and maintains a lively programme of exhibitions and events. The lovely 18th century building is situated in beautiful grounds. Disabled access. There is limited free parking, and the Museum Teahouse provides light refreshments.JANE AUSTEN CENTRE:
40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT. Tel 01225 443000. Website Email
Open daily all year 10am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10.30am-5.30pm Sunday.
Jane Austen lived in Bath between 1801 and 1806 and set two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, in the city. This museum explores Bath in Jane Austen's time and the importance of Bath in her writing and in her life. Gift shop.
OF BATH AT WORK:
This is Bath's industrial heritage centre, exhibiting the city's social, commercial and industrial history over the last 200 years. It houses The Bowler Collection, telling the story of a Bath family firm involved in engineering, and creating fizzy drinks such as Cherry Ciderette and Orange Champagne. The workshops are on show with their original machinery and clutter. There are exhibitions on the story of Bath stone and Bath cabinet making. Also temporary exhibitions. Refreshments and Gift Shop.MUSEUM OF COSTUME & THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS:
Bennett Street, Bath. Tel 01225 477785. Website.
Open all year 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
This fine collection of original costumes and accessories brings to life the story of fashion over the last 400 years. A free state-of-the-art personal audio tour is available in 6 languages, or there are occasional guided tours. The museum is located at The Assembly Rooms, designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769-1771. The building is owned by the National Trust and contains the original set of nine Whitefriars crystal chandeliers and an original portrait of Captain Wade by Thomas Gainsborough. Gift shop.
For the serious study of fashion, there is the Fashion Research Centre at 4 The Circus, Bath. Open Monday to Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm. It is essential to pre-book your visit to the Fashion Research Centre.MUSEUM OF EAST ASIAN ART:
12 Bennett Street, Bath. Tel 01225 464640. Fax 01225 461718. Website.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 12noon-5pm.
Over 500 treasures from the Museum's fine collection of Chinese and Asian Art, spanning 6,000 years of history, are displayed at any one time on three floors of this beautifully restored Georgian house. Exhibits include Chinese jade and bamboo carvings, Tibetan metalwork, and ceramics. Continually changing exhibitions, lectures and events. Museum shop.
No. 1 ROYAL CRESCENT:
Step inside this grand building to view the luxurious interior of a late 18th century townhouse, beautifully furnished in the style of the day. Kitchen Museum and Gift Shop.ROMAN BATHS MUSEUM:
Abbey Church Yard, Bath. Tel 01225 477785. Fax 01225 477743. Website.
Open from March to October 9am-6pm daily (July and August open until 10pm). November to February 9.30am-5.30pm daily. Last entry 1 hour before closing).
Explore the remains of "Aquae Sulis" - the Roman settlement which later became Bath. Objects found during excavations, including coins, mosaics and stone carvings are on display. Highlights include the Circular Bath, glittering with coins thrown into it by visitors, and the gilt-bronze head of the statue of Sulis Minerva. A computer animated reconstruction and wooden model show the site as it probably looked in Roman times. Free guided tours are available every hour, or use the free personal audioguide. Museum shop. Refreshments are available in the elegant setting of the Pump Room.SALLY LUNN'S MUSEUM:
North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX.
Tel 01225 461634. Fax 01225 811800.
Museum open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sundays 11am-6pm). The restaurant is open until late.
The cellars of the oldest house in Bath (1482) reveal its Roman and Medieval foundations, a 900 year old bakery, stalagmites and stalactites, and objects from recent excavations. Home of the delicious Sally Lunn Bun, made according to a unique and secret recipe.VICTORIA ART GALLERY:
Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT.
Tel 01225 477233. Fax 01225 477231. Website.
Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.
Bath's City Art Gallery. A permanent collection of British and European art. Work by contemporary and local artists, and major touring exhibitions are shown in two purpose-built galleries. Small shop. Disabled access to lower floor only.THE WILLIAM HERSCHEL MUSEUM:
19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL. Tel 01225 311342. Fax 01225 446865. Website.
Open from February to November every day except Wednesday, 2pm-5pm.
While living here in 1781, the scientist and musician
William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. The museum is furnished
according to the period, and shows the contribution of William and his
sister Caroline to the worlds of science and music. Telescopes and NASA
photographs are on display.
For further information about Bath, including a free visitor pack, please contact the Bath Tourist Information Centre.