Queen Victoria Dome of the gallery embossed with the Zodiac sign. The victorian art gallery

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Timings : 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on the 25th and 26th of December and the 1st of January.

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Victorian Art Gallery, Bath Overview

The Victorian Art Gallery of Bath was named in the honour of celebrating 60 years of Victorian Reign. A former public library turned contemporary art gallery, this art gallery of Bath was devised in the year 1897 by John McKean Brydon. The extensive collections of art objects preserved by the museum also include oil paintings belonging to 17th century Britain. Situated along Bridge Street, the Victorian Art Gallery is approximately an 8-minute distance from the city centre on foot and a 7-minute drive. It is the perfect attraction for art lovers.

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Entry fee

You could avail a 10% discount through online purchase of tickets.
Saver tickets (a combination of visits to the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victorian Art Gallery) are available.

Standard ticket prices are as follows:

                                               Online prices                          At door prices
Adult                                  GBP 4.50   INR 398.03                GBP 5    INR 442.26
(aged >65 years)                GBP 4.05 INR 358.23                   GBP 4.50 INR 398.03
Students                           GBP 4.05 INR 358.23                   GBP 4.50 INR 398.03
Standard tickets are not available for families. They could avail the saver tickets.

Features of the Victorian art gallery

  • The museum has a vast selection of over 1000 art items and paintings by many artists and painters of the time, mainly from the 17th century and 18th century. Some of the highlights are caricatures, world war one posters and many more
  • Visitors could book a study appointment to witness all delicate art pieces that are not on display. The art gallery also hosts learning sessions for students and children.
  • There is an exhibition of some of the continually improvising contemporary artworks in the small lower gallery and large lower gallery. These artworks are usually on sale.
  • The stairs and rotunda are the connectors through the gallery. They lead the visitor to a bunch of patterns, sculpture and other artistic attractions throughout the Victorian art gallery.
  • The small upper gallery is a collection of art collections, mostly fragile crockery from the Georgian and Bohemian eras along with other decors.
  • The large upper gallery consists of items kept for permanent exhibition and are not for sale. One can witness European artworks spread across five centuries.

Things to do at the gallery

  • The ground floor has an art shop, consisting of a variety of gift items, ceramic products and other souvenirs that you could purchase.
  • There is also a collection of guidebooks, art pieces such as paintings, prints and posters of ancient Bath, pots and much more, all up for sale!

Architecture of the art gallery

  • The building of the Victorian Art Gallery is composed of limestone ashlar.
  • You could witness a circular embossment of the Zodiac sign alongside the ceiling of the dome while taking the stairs to the upper gallery.
  • The gallery is divided into five portions. Embellished marble corridors and staircases connect the sections - Small lower gallery, large lower gallery, stairs and rotunda, small upper gallery and large upper gallery.

How To Reach Victorian Art Gallery

On foot:
Begin your journey from the city centre.
Walk up onto James Street West Bath and take a right turn further to get onto Kingsmead Square.
Continue on the same street until you reach Monmouth Street.
Take a right onto that street and take a left turn at the Westgate buildings.
As you continue walking, you would come across a turn that would get you onto Westgate Street.
Take that turn and continue walking on the same street, you would further be walking through Cheap Street as well.
Take a left turn onto High Street and continue on the same street.
You would reach the Victorian Art Gallery, which would be to your right.

By road:
Head onto James Street West which would further take you onto Kingsmead North.
Drive along onto James Parade Street and further on to Southgate.
You would come across Dorchester street. Take a left turn to drive onto that street.
Further on take a left onto Manvers Street and curve onto Bridge Street which would bring you to the Victorian Art Gallery. It would be on your right.

There is no parking facility within the museum. You would have to pay and park around the city. There are parking spaces for the disabled at various points in the city centre.

Quite a few buses depart from London Victoria, Gatwick and Heathrow airports which would arrive at the bath bus station, a ten-minute walk to the Victorian Art Gallery.

There are train connections at varying prices. Take the London Waterloo for cheaper and affordable services. The art gallery is a ten-minute walk from the railway station.

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