The city of Bath has more museums in just one square mile than most larger cities can boast altogether, offering a wealth of remarkable stories and bringing the city’s history to life. Here's our guide to Bath's marvellous museums… 

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors at The Roman Baths 

Bath was founded upon natural hot springs, with the steaming water playing a key role throughout the city's history. Lying in the heart of the city, the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. The Roman Baths are one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and a must-see attraction in the city.

Torchlit Roman Baths

Experience Georgian Bath

Following your visit to the Roman Baths, head to the adjoining Pump Room Restaurant for a glimpse of Georgian Bath. Enjoy a Bath Bun, one of the city's local specialities, or an afternoon tea, in what was once the heart of the Georgian social scene. 

For another glimpse of Bath in the Georgian era, visit the magnificent Assembly Rooms. The Ball Room, Octagon, Tea Room and Card Room were used in the eighteenth century for dancing, music and card playing, tea drinking and conversation. Please note The Assembly Rooms are temporarily closed for refurbishment, but regular tours are available to book.

Fountain at The Pump Room
Image - The Pump Room

An adventure around Georgian Bath wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Royal Crescent. The foundation stone of No.1 Royal Crescent, the first house to be built in the crescent, was laid over 250 years ago, and the house is now a museum, which offers a unique insight into the famous crescent’s history. Prepare to encounter many surprises as friendly, knowledgeable guides positioned in each room of the house reveal the secret history of the house and its former residents and guests. 

Royal Crescent CREDIT Nick Smith

Meet Bath's famous residents 

Famous Bath resident Jane Austen is celebrated at The Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street. Head there for a snapshot of what it would have been like to live in Regency times. The centre explores how the city impacted upon Jane Austen’s life and writing in much-loved books such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. 

Jane Austen was not Bath’s only famous resident. In 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus while observing from the garden of his home in Bath. This house is now the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, where you can discover Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming eighteenth-century formal garden. 

Jane Austen Centre
Image - The Jane Austen Centre

For a taste of Bath’s culinary history, visit Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House and Museum. Sally Lunn’s top-secret bun recipe is only available to try in Bath, and you can get a glimpse of her life in the downstairs museum. 

Explore the life of wealthy eccentric William Beckford, who lived, in 1827, in his very own custom-made tower on the northern edge of the city, at Beckford's Tower and Museum. Through a fascinating collection of furniture, paintings and treasures, you'll get a glimpse of Beckford's life as a collector, and the countryside views from the top of the tower are definitely worth the climb!  

Beckford's Tower in Bath
Image - Beckford's Tower

Discover how people used to live

Discover 2,000 years of Bath’s working heritage at the Museum of Bath at Work. From Roman tourism to eighteenth-century building, Victorian engineering and modern technology, you will find it all. Or head out to Glastonbury for the day to explore rural life from the 1800s onwards at the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

Learn more about the development of Bath through the ages at Museum of Bath Architecture, from its transformation from a small medieval town into the world-famous Georgian city.

Museum of Bath at Work
Image - Museum of Bath at Work

Learn about history beyond Bath 

The finest collection of Americana outside the United States of America is housed on the outskirts of Bath city centre, in the American Museum & Gardens. First opened in 1961, the museum takes you on a journey through America’s history, with a remarkable collection of decorative arts and regular family-friendly events and exhibitions. 

American Museum & Garden
Image - American Museum & Gardens

The Museum of East Asian Art is the only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South-East Asia. The museum houses a collection of over 2,000 objects, boasting a particularly impressive collection of Chinese art, spanning from 5,000 BC to the present day. Displays include ceramics, jade, lacquer and metalware, and reveal the finest achievements in East-Asian craftsmanship. 

Plate at Museum of East Asian Art
Image - Museum of East Asian Art

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity, which specialises in the promotion and advancement of science, literature and art. BRLSI hold a programme of talks, discussions and exhibitions on science, the arts and current affairs, as well as ensuring the maintenance and exhibition of their extensive collection of books, fossils and artefacts.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Image - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Galleries in Bath 

Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, The Holburne Museum is steeped in history. Originally designed as a hotel, the Holburne now houses a collection of fine and decorative art, with continually changing exhibitions on offer alongside the museum's permanent collection. 

Victoria Art Gallery has an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions, as well as a stunning permanent collection from Turner and Gainsborough to the moderns. The gallery also runs a host of free family activities and events during the school holidays. 

Victoria Art Gallery
Image - Victoria Art Gallery

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The Roman Baths
Historic Site
The Great Bath at The Roman Baths, Bath

Famed for its hot springs, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architecture and engineering.

The Pump Room Restaurant
An afternoon tea at the Pump Room Restaurant, featuring scones, cakes, and sandwiches

The Pump Room restaurant is open for morning coffee and afternoon tea daily.

The Assembly Rooms
Historic Site
The Assembly Rooms

The magnificent Assembly Rooms were the centre of Bath's social scene during the eighteenth century.

No.1 Royal Crescent
Historic Site
Front No 1 Royal Crescent

Step back 250 years to explore a fascinating Georgian townhouse.

The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre

Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre.

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
The Music Room at The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

Explore the life of William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781.

Sally Lunn's Kitchen Museum
Sally Lunn's Kitchen Museum

Bath's Oldest House is open for diners in the restaurant. Museum is open 11am - 4pm.

Museum of East Asian Art
Museum of East Asian Art

The only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia.

Victoria Art Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery is Bath’s public art museum and home to a richly diverse collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.



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