The Victoria Art Gallery is the public art museum in Bath. It is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council and houses its collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
The building was designed in 1897 by John McKean Brydon, and has been designated as a Grade II listed building. The exterior of the building includes a statue of Queen Victoria, by Andrea Carlo Lucchesi, and friezes of classical figures by G. A. Lawson.
The Gallery was named to celebrate Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. It includes over 1,500 decorative arts treasures, including a display of British oil paintings from 17th century to the present day with works by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Jones Barker and Walter Sickert.
The Victoria Art Gallery is open every day, except 25 - 26 December and 1 January. Please note that last entry is 16.40.
Level access is via the ramped entrance on Bridge Street. A lift is available with space for one wheelchair at a time.
Level access is restricted during scheduled performances of Sharmanka. Please avoid the times listed below. The main entrance on the corner remains open.
Pressing a button on the outside of the building in Bridge Street automatically opens the doors for wheelchair users. There is an accessible toilet on the first floor.
A lift is available with space for one wheelchair at a time. Capacity 8 people, weight limit 630Kg, dimensions 1.38m long x 1.11m wide, doorway 0.8m wide.
Activities for disabled groups are also provided. These include workshops for special schools, and regular talks/handling sessions for visually impaired people. A sign language interpreter can be arranged in advance.
Find out more about the special tours for blind or visually impaired visitors.
A 2019 Accessibility Guide can be downloaded on the website.
HOW TO REACH
The Victoria Art Gallery is in the centre of Bath in the West of England. Bath is 100 miles (160km) west of London and 10 miles (16km) east of Bristol. Bath has good coach and rail connections from London and from most major cities in the UK. It is a delightful city to explore on foot.
By bus or coach
National Express operates a regular bus service from London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The dropping-off point is at the bus station, ten minutes walk from the Victoria Art Gallery, see pedestrian map.
The quickest and most straightforward route if you are travelling from a distance is likely to be via the M5 and M4 approaching Bath from the north and using the Lansdown Park and Ride, marked Park and Ride North. Full details of Park and Ride services for Bath can be viewed on the website, as well as Bath Car Park.
Disabled Badge Holders: There are parking bays for disabled people in a number of locations in the city centre. Please contact Shopmobility on 01225 481744 or email for the latest details. Find out more about Blue Badges on the Council website.
Bath is an excellent city to visit by rail. The station is called Bath Spa. There are frequent high-speed connections to London Paddington. For a slower and cheaper service try London Waterloo. The Victoria Art Gallery is less than ten minutes walk from the station, see pedestrian map.
Bath is well suited to pedestrians. Most hotels and guest houses are within easy reach of the city centre. Follow the on-street maps, or print out a pedestrian map. The Victoria Art Gallery is right in the centre of Bath, near Pulteney Bridge.
Bath is on the Sustrans National Cycle Route 4, which runs east-west through Bath, connecting Reading to Bristol. The immensely popular Bristol – Bath railway Path provides a tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities. There is also good access from the south through the new Bath Two Tunnels Circuit, Route 244. There is helpful advice on the Sustrans website.
There is no direct cycle route from the north, and the A46 can be dangerous for cyclists, so it is worth planning a route that avoids this busy road.
Bath is accessible from Heathrow and Gatwick airports by public transport. The nearest airport is Bristol Airport, which serves the UK and a number of European routes. There are cars for hire and Bath is about 45 minutes drive away. There is an hourly direct bus link from Bristol Airport to Bath city centre.
Entry to Victoria Art Gallery, Roman Baths & Fashion Museum
- Adult: £ 22.50 online/£ 25.00 on the door
- Student (Full time with valid I.D.): £ 21.15 online/£ 23.50 on the door
- Senior (65+): £ 21.15 online/£ 23.50 on the door
- Child (Age 6-18): £ 13.50 online/£ 15.00 on the door
- Family Two Adults (2 adults and up to 4 children): £ 62.10 online/£ 69.00 on the door
- Family One Adult (1 adult and up to 4 children): £ 43.20 online/£ 48.00 on the door
Single entry to the Victoria Art Gallery
- Adult: £ 4.50 online/£ 5.00 on the door
- Student (Full time with valid I.D.): £ 4.05 online/£ 5.00 on the door
- Senior (65+): £ 4.05 online/£ 5.00 on the door
- Child (Age 6-18): FREE
- Family Two Adults (2 adults and up to 4 children): N/A
- Family One Adult (1 adult and up to 4 children): N/A
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