The Holburne Museum
This jewel in Bath's crown re-opened its doors in spring 2011, following a major development project. Once the Georgian Sydney Hotel, this Grade I listed building has been lovingly restored with a striking new extension in the garden, designed by Eric Parry. It displays the treasures collected by Sir William Holbourne: superb English and continental silver, porcelain, majolica, glass, Renaissance bronzes and embroidery. Since Sir William's time the collection has been greatly expanded and now includes portraits by Stubbs, Ramsay, Raeburn and Bath's own artist Gainsborough. The Museum will provide access to all, offer creative learning opportunities and an exciting events and exhibition programme.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lift to 1st floor
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun & BHs 11-5. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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