Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens, Bath

England, Bath Guide (B): Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens, Bath

When you visit Bath don’t miss the Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens. Just a short – and interesting – walk from the city centre, across the Pulteney Bridge and along Great Pulteney Street. Here you’ll find the oldest park in Bath and the city’s first public art gallery, with a fine collection of paintings and other artworks.

The Holburne Museum is housed in the former Sydney Hotel, built in 1799 as an entrance to the newly created Bath Vauxhall Gardens. The hotel was a popular meeting place with a ballroom and restaurant. It hosted magnificent galas, particularly on the King’s birthday and at the time of the Bath Races. The hotel was converted into a private lodging house in 1836.

In 1912 the trustees of the Holburne collection purchased the building and it opened as an art gallery in 1916. A 3-story glass extension was added to the back of the building in 2011. The design of the extension was controversial at the time, although it won architectural awards. For today’s visitors the glass structure affords a view of the gardens while you enjoy a drink or a meal in the museum café. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens, Bath
Guide Location: England » Bath
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Holburne Museum   Sydney Gardens   Pulteney Bridge   Great Pulteney Street   Great Western Railway   Kennet and Avon Canal   Temple of Minerva  
Author: Karen Warren
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