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Entertainment in Bath

Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street
The Sydney Gardens Bandstand, Gordon Nicoll, 1956


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.50 per ticket
Under 16s and Discovery Card holdersFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


In the 18th century, Bath was second only to London for the quality and variety of music, art and theatre on offer. Musicians, artists and actors would come to the city to entertain the wealthy spa visitors. Here they would develop their skills and attract a following and a good reputation before moving on to further fame and fortune in London.

Entertainment in Bath is based on works in the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection, as well as loans from the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Collection Trust. They depict the creative stars of Georgian Bath and the venues where they performed. The exhibition touches upon some of the less obvious ‘entertainments’ in the city, from gambling and prostitution to learned societies and fashionable chapels. We will also bring the story right up to the present day, covering pop concerts at the Pavilion and Victoria Park, WOMAD and the Bath International Music Festival.

Portraits by Gainsborough, Bath’s society painter at the time, and works by the Georgian comic artist, Thomas Rowlandson, feature in the exhibition. Gambling paraphernalia and instruments similar to those played by musicians such as William Herschel also appear.


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  • In town/city centre

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Tel: 01225 477233

Opening Times

Opening (13 Jan 2018 - 14 Mar 2018)
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