Courtesy of the Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum

Sat proudly at the end of Great Pulteney Street sits the beautiful Georgian museum with an expansive art collection

  • Art
  • Heritage
  • Museums

Surrounded by the verdant Sydney Pleasure Gardens, the Holburne Museum gives visitors a generous taste of the luxuries that Bath has to offer. Approaching the Museum, the impressive facade is a clear reminder of the reason why the city is listed as a World UNESCO Heritage site - the former Sydney Hotel is an exquisite example of Georgian architecture at its best.

Take a route around the back of the Museum and, in beautiful contrast, you will find an award-winning modern extension made from layers of glass and moulded ceramic.

Inside, the Museum collection boasts more than 6,500 pieces, including paintings from Gainsborough, Zoffany and Stubbs, and - in the exhibitions of contemporary artists that the Holburne is becoming increasingly known for - artists such as Peter Blake, Anthony Fry and Bridget Riley. Don’t miss the Cabinet of Curiosities which is located in the new extension and displays some of the Museum’s more eclectic pieces.

The Garden Cafe can be found at the back of the building, with plenty outdoor seating, seasonal food and freshly baked pastries. 

Don't miss

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney - one of the great portraits of British art. The image speaks powerfully to the 18th century conversation pieces in the Holburne’s collection, as well as to the portraits of singers, dancers and actors in Gainsborough & the Theatre.



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
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