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Museums Fan vaulting over
There are several museums worth visiting
the nave at Bath
in Bath, not least of which is The American Abbey
Museum, which has period rooms showing
life in the colony from the fi rst New England
settlers through to the Civil War. This museum,
the only one of its kind outside of America, has
a remarkable collection of folk and decorative
arts. It was founded to introduce American
history and culture to Britain and Europe.
The Museum of Costume covers fashion over
the last 400 years and is reputed to be the
fi nest museum of fashionable garments in the
Housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s
beautiful gothic chapel, the Building of
Bath Museum shows how Georgian Bath
was developed. It is a unique collection,
demonstrating the rich architectural history of
Bath and the men who changed a provincial
spa town into a world famous watering place. It
illustrates the classical design which infl uenced
the buildings.
The Bath Model is a fully detailed architectural
mock-up of the city centre as it was in Georgian
The Holburne Museum of Art, founded to
display the collection of Sir William Holburne,
a sailor who grew up in Bath and retired there,
Cathedrals of Wells and Salisbury, both of which
houses works which include landscapes by
are worthy of day trips. If you are interested in
Guardi and Turner as well as portraits by Stubbs,
older monuments, then Stonehenge isn’t far away,
Ramsay, Raeburn, Zoffany and Bath’s own
and for breathtaking scenery, the Cheddar Gorge
famous artists, Thomas Gainsborough, William
with its winding ravine is accessible.
Hoare and the Barkers of Bath.
Number One Royal Crescent was the fi rst house Surrounded by some of the most outstanding
to be built in the fabulous Royal Crescent, countryside England has to offer, with hills,
designed by John Wood in the Palladian style. wide open spaces and ancient sites, Bath is the
The house has been restored and is furnished starting point of many a walker’s paradise. There
with items from the Georgian era. The town are riverside walks, trips across and around fi elds,
house recreates fashionable life in 18th century, trails through woodland and hill walks make up
including an elegant dining room, sophisticated the huge variety of footpaths which crisscross the
drawing room, a bedroom and an authentic area.
Georgian kitchen.
The Bath Tourist Information Centre (details
below) has leafl ets, including one on the Three
The city has many wonderful markets to tempt
Peaks Circular Walk, which takes in the villages of
tourists. These include the Bath Flea Market, held
Pensford, Clutton and Chew Magna.
every Saturday in Walcott Street and the Bath
For more information contact the Bath Tourist
Farmer’s Market, held at Green Park Station in
Information Centre at Abbey Chambers, Abbey
central Bath, also on Saturdays.
Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY. Tel: +44 (0)870 444
Day Trips
Within easy distance of Bath are the stunning
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