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Bath At Work Museum

a.k.a. Mr. Bowler's Business | Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RL, England
44-1225-318348
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Ranked #38 of 92 Attractions in Bath
Type: History Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a nice little place to visit, it's amazing how much they saved before they demolished their old building. The place is packed with artifacts with some still able to be used, with the addition of the audio tour it makes this a nice place to visit with a charge of only £5 per adult On the downside there... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you liked Fred Dibnah you will love this place it is an emporium of Victorian/Edwardian magnificence

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A lovely way to spend a few hours in Bath and at £5 (£4 concession) good value too. Not as big as most museums but a surprising amount in a small place. Not being from the area, we had not heard of the Bowler family or business but found their story fascinating.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were struggling to find a decent parking space in Bath on a Sunday then came across this place after we parked on River Street (Free on Sundays) As previous people have described, this really is a time capsule which captured the working of a small engineering company and fizzy drinks maker J B Bower in mid 1800. There are... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The museum is well worth the steep walk from the centre of Bath. The main display is a 'time capsule' of a business that used to exist in Bath and was complimented by the free audio tour guide. As you leave there is another surprising display on the ground floor. Although refreshments are advertised this just consists of a small... More

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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136 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This museum is composed of a shop and works moved from corn Street, right by the river and very prone to flooding. We were entertained by the very enthusiastic lady at the entrance who asked us if we knew that plasticine, a famous plaything in the middle of the 20th century was manufactured in a factory near here. Younger people... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Had not been to this museum for twenty years and have been meaning to return for a few years. Took a slightly reluctant 8 year old with me. As soon as we walked through the door, he spotted some wheels on a car and we were off! Machinery that you can make work with a push of a button, a... More

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Where is the history about Book binding and printing such a small area about Pitman's Chivers ,George Baytons etc seems to all about one person surely if asked local people have loads of membramelia hidden away .l thought the museum was about Bath at Work?

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Salt Lake City
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was a highlight of my trip to Bath. Clearly, the prior reviews were written by people who didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but I found it a fascinating exhibition of social history. Comprising the story of an individual machining and bottling business active over a hundred years in Bath, it tells the story of one family,... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

As other reviewers said, it's really mostly about one business. But the business did so many things, and the workshop was preserved so well, that we enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn't travel far to see it, but if you're in Bath, and have some time, it's well worth a visit. I now have a much better idea how brass... More

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