If you’re a keen culture vulture then you may want to check out the Victoria Art Gallery whilst in town. Run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the museum is open seven days a week and boasts a varied collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts amongst its varied exhibitions.
The collection includes more than 1,500 decorative treasures, including British oil paintings dating back from 17th century to the present day, alongside works by Turner and Thomas Gainsborough. You will find the permanent collection abiding room on the first floor, with temporary exhibitions on the ground floor rotating every couple of months.
The building itself stands from 1897 and is Grade II listed. Designed by John McKean, the exterior showcases a statue of Queen Victoria and friezes of classical figures, with the gallery gaining its namesake in celebration of Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne.
The gallery is located next to the iconic architecture of Pulteney Bridge and is well-known for its friendly and inviting environment, with the permanent collection free-to-visit.