Victoria Art Gallery
Photo by Andy Fletcher, courtesy of Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery

This opulent gallery houses some of Bath’s finest paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

  • Art
  • Heritage
  • Museums

Opened in 1900 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, the Gallery includes over 1,500 treasured pieces, including a display of British oil paintings from 17th century to the present day with works by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Jones Barker and Walter Sickert. Contemporary pieces include photographs from Don McCullin, artwork by Grayson Perry and Howard Hodgkins’ paintings.

The Art Store tours and Collection Highlight tours offer an intimate understanding of some of the museums most valued pieces. These run alongside a full programme of talks, family activities and workshops - check the website for the full programme - and of course the colourful gallery shop, which sells a fantastic range of books and souvenirs.

Finish your trip by crossing the road and walking over the famous Pulteney Bridge - an unusual, shop-lined Georgian bridge which soars gracefully over the River Avon - where there are some fabulous shops and cafes. 

Did you know?

The Gallery was named to celebrate Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. The Queen refused to visit the city, snubbing it because it was rumoured that when visiting as an 11 year old she had heard someone comment that she had thick ankles.

Location

Accessibility

  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking
  • Discounted/ Complimentary entry for carers
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Baby carriers for use
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