On the impressive approach to The Holburne Museum, the building’s grand façade and gardens provide an inkling of its grandeur and history. The Grade I listed building was originally designed and constructed as a hotel but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art.
The fascinating pieces that adorn one of Bath’s most beautiful buildings vary from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. There is so much to see and explore, and even if you’re a regular visitor you can discover something new with the continually-changing temporary exhibitions.
Upstairs you can experience themes of eighteenth-century culture through porcelain, paintings and sculpture. In the impressive former ballroom, silver and china are laid out as though for a banquet, sparkling under a crystal chandelier, while glamorous members of seventeenth and eighteenth-century society look down from the walls.
Just across the hallway you’ll find the impressive collections of Sir William Holburne, who founded the museum. You’ll get a real sense of what Sir William enjoyed in his art with a strong presence of Golden-Age Dutch works and miniature objects such as gems and portrait miniatures.
The top floor of the museum is home to pieces from the Golden Age of British painting. Discover more about the history of Bath as the works embrace Bath's history as a fashionable and artistic spa city. William Hoare and Thomas Gainsborough lived in Bath and examples of their work can be found at the Holburne. Their paintings are hung alongside canvases by Zoffany, Ramsay and Stubbs amongst others.
The museum also has its own Garden Café, which opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens, offering the perfect place to relax after exploring indoors. The Garden Café prides itself on seasonal, delicious, fresh food and has won a Restaurant and Bar Design Award, showing that inspirational design isn’t confined to the museum’s exhibition rooms.
The Holburne Museum is fully accessible for all visitors.
Parking spaces are available for Blue Badge holders.
There is level access to the front door which opens and closes automatically. The ground floor is level and is where you’ll find the Garden Cafe.
There is a lift to all floors.
You are welcome to pre-book a wheelchair for your visit. If you need assistance or if your mobility is impaired, please ask the Front of House staff for help. Benches or chairs in all galleries and in the Entrance Hall and on the First Floor landing.
The public toilets are wheelchair accessible, on the ground floor and in the basement. The basement toilets are accessible via the lift from any floor. Both the men’s and women’s toilets have baby changing facilities.
Large print labels available in all galleries.
Hearing induction loop at the Reception Desk and also in the Picture Gallery on the Second Floor for lectures and events.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
The Holburne offers a warm welcome to dogs visiting the ground floor of the museum. The Garden Cafe has a range of indoor and outdoor seating and serves drinks, snacks and light lunches. Ideally situated next to Sydney Gardens, your furry friends can stretch their legs (or chase the squirrels!) in the Georgian pleasure gardens.
Book Tickets Online
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Art Fund/ NUS card holders/ 19-25 year olds||£11.00 per person per day|
|Full Price||£11.00 per person per day|
|Groups (10+)||£11.00 per person per day|
Free admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
Free for 18 and under, friends and patrons of the Holburne, staff and students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University and adult accompanying a disabled visitor.
The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.
- Gift Shop
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Dog Friendly
- Event venue
- Film or TV location
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- On Bus Route
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
|2023 Opening (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Saturday||10:00||- 17:00*|
* (Museum is closed 24-26 December 2020 and 1 January 2020)
There’s an admission charge to visit the Holburne’s collection, displays and exhibitions on the first and second floor galleries.
- Full Price £11 (£12.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Concessions Art Fund | NUS card holders | 19 to 25 year olds £5.50 (£7 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Groups 10+ £10 (£11.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- FREE admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
- FREE for 18 and under | Friends and Patrons of the Holburne | Staff and Students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University | Adult accompanying a disabled visitor.
The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.