Victoria Art Gallery
“A well-presented and fascinating gallery covering the classic and the contemporary” - VisitEngland Assessor
Opened in 1900, the Victoria Art Gallery is in the city centre. The permanent collection is upstairs and ranges from the 15th century to contemporary works, while temporary exhibitions are downstairs. See paintings by Turner, Gainsborough, Burne-Jones, Sickert and John Nash, as well as a collection of WWI recruiting posters. Refreshment area. To get here, use the park and ride.
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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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