Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With an impressive collection of fine and decorative art, this newly transformed Museum, with Garden Cafe, is situated in lovely grounds and is set to become Bath's must-see attraction. Open daily, admission £12.50/£7. 10am to 5pm (11am on Sundays)
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  • Janet D
    Moorhead, Minnesota58 contributions
    The history of the building itself was as interesting as the collections.
    I spent a lovely couple of hours wandering through the eclectic collections of Sir William Holburne and other donors. Formerly the Sydney Hotel built in 1794, the grandeur of the building befitted the repurposing of it as a museum. The garden cafe and grounds were amazing as well. An oasis of quiet and grace in a busy city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California431 contributions
    Collection of Fine & Decorative Art
    The Holburne Museum in Bath is a place worth visiting. It houses the private collection of sir William Thomas Holburne. It’s not a huge museum, but it’s packed with decorative and fine art. During our visit, there was also an interesting show of contemporary art. On the beautiful grounds outside of the museum, a chorus of costumed singers preformed under a huge oak tree. It was quite beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • M3Traveller
    Manchester, United Kingdom147 contributions
    Worth a visit - but smaller than you think !
    A beautiful building and some great works of art - a few impressive Gainsborough’s were a treat. It’s a little on the smaller side than I thought, but brilliantly laid out and informative signage. The collection of Holbourne himself was very interesting. A must for this who like old masters and curiosities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
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FigoSomerset
Somerset36 contributions
Oct 2020
Cafe now serves overpriced, pretty tasteless tea in a throwaway cup with a plastic lid, disposable collar and stirrer. All had to then be thrown away (together) in one bin - no hope of anything being recycled. What should have been a pleasant cuppa in the garden wasn't enjoyable at all - you can't even us the museum's toilets now. Realise we have to be careful with Covid but can't 'proper' cups be put in a dishwasher by staff wearing gloves? Other places can do it.
Written October 7, 2020
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J. Debono
London, United Kingdom71 contributions
Feb 2020
A real pleasure. Eclectic collection, interesting pieces. The Grayson Perry Exhibition was the reason we visited but would recommend this little gem anyway. The staff/charming lady on the second floor was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and gave us the background to the Holburne collection. Cafe that looks out on to Sydney Gardens and a gift shop. Admission price £11 per adult.
Written February 18, 2020
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,078 contributions
Oct 2020
We have visited the Holburne on several occasions in the past to see specialised exhibitions such as Peter Blake. Being in Bath just before lockdown we were pleased therefore to revisit and enjoy the Grayson Perry presentation. On a dry, sunny morning it was good to walk down Great Pulteney Street and sit in the tented garden cafe enjoying coffee before entering the galleries. The items on display from the earlier years of the artists work were very impressive and well presented. Staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Covid restrictions were carefully observed and made for a very enjoyable visit. We will, no doubt, be back in the future
Written November 6, 2020
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Mychael
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I’m ashamed to say that the Holburne Museum was unknown to me before going there to see the Grayson Perry ‘Pre-Therapy Years’ exhibition. The exhibition itself is wonderful - beautifully curated and gives such an amazing insight into Grayson Perry’s early work, much of which will be completely new to visitors. The museum, however, was a nothing short of a revelation. A fantastic display of paintings, crafts, and historical artefacts in a magnificent setting that I found utterly compelling. Add to that a sensitively designed modern extension that has only added to the beauty of the historic building (and has a great cafe). Glorious!
Written February 24, 2020
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PhilDaniels70
Cheltenham, UK19 contributions
Sep 2020
We came here to view the Grayson Perry pottery exhibition and an excellent venue it is. A beautiful building in a beautiful city and the staff were great and attentive whilst we're still in the throes of COVID. Social distancing and Sanitizers were encouraged at every opportunity and the wearing of masks compulsory. Visit with confidence.
Written September 28, 2020
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David S
Bath, UK39 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Every large town, or small city, should have a Holburne Museum. Set at the end of an elegant street and situated in a beautiful park, this museum is one of Bath’s treasures. It is a friendly and welcoming place for everyone. There are some beautiful exhibits on permanent display and there is often a visiting exhibition. At present there is a really exciting and comprehensive show of work by Grayson Perry. The Pre-therapy Years is the most complete collection of the artist’s early work anywhere.
Written March 6, 2020
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Heather S
Gloucestershire, UK6 contributions
Feb 2023
The restaurant/cafe is very disorganised and is easily the most inconsiderate and uncaring place I have ever been to. I was over charged by more than double and never got my order despite waiting outside in the damp for ages. It transpired that the staff already knew they had messed my order up and had overcharged me and that my order would never arrive but they did nothing other than leave me waiting outside in the cold for it. When I asked where my order was I was toild I had to wait my turn. When I eventually could wait no longer and asked for a refund and looked for it on my phone, I discovered the overcharge but no refund was there. I went back in and asked for the whole refund and they beeped at my phone and said they did it - but it was not there on my phone. I was told that it was because of wifi and would appear later but I told them my signal was good but of course they thought they knew better than a lady with grey hair. Nearly 2 weeks later I still have no refund. I am so cross about this still. It ruined my whole day out in Bath and by the time I got to get refreshments elsewhere in town I had a screaming headache. Three staff were involved in this fiasco, not just one. This place make you feel like a completely invisible nobody. I had been once before and it was very slow and disorganised then too. They weren't even that busy due to the weather.
Written March 1, 2023
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sussex_wanderers051
brighton155 contributions
Mar 2020
A beautiful house (recently with a modern extension) is situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street. It houses many fine paintings and ceramics but also the eccentric collection of an acquisitive Georgian Gentleman. There are numerous fascinating items but I was especially taken by exquisite miniature portraits and jewellery. Helpful staff are on hand to assist willingly and there is a good cafe with outdoor seating in better weather.
Written March 6, 2020
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rrosslyn
Bridgwater, UK5 contributions
Feb 2020
An excellent collection of his early work. Fantastic. The museum is a real gem, with lovely gardens to walk around. Visit if you can. This exhibition has received excellent reviews in the national press and media. It’s a great opportunity to see something like this outside London.
Written February 27, 2020
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fnm2015
London, UK8 contributions
Sep 2021
This museum has some wonderful treasures and we could have spent a lot longer if we'd not had a train to catch. The china, silver, gems, paintings and furniture are beautifully displayed in a period setting. The only downside was the website booking was quite frustrating.
Written September 11, 2021
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