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Bath cultural attractions

Whether you prefer to visit a festival or a museum, we’ve captured Bath’s best arts and culture destinations and here are some of the best venues. Well-established annual events are a major draw, including Mozartfest, FilmBath, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival and Bath Beer Festival, as well as new events such as The Bath Festival, a multi-arts festival with music and literature at its heart.

The city’s five leading theatres – Theatre Royal, Ustinov Studio, the Egg, the Rondo Theatre, and the Mission Theatre – attract world-renowned companies and directors, and together host a lively and incredibly varied programme of events. Beautiful Bath Abbey provides the largest concert venue in the city, staging many organ recitals and around 20 concerts every year. The Forum, a 1,700-seat Art Deco venue which started off life as a cinema, hosts regular gigs and shows. And the city’s most legendary venue when it comes to seeing current bands is Moles, which has been championing exciting new local and global acts since it opened in 1978.


Our picks


The Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4DB

The Holburne Museum was founded in 1882 as Bath’s first art museum, with at its heart, the unique survival of a Victorian townhouse collection bequeathed by Sir William Holburne. It is a treasure house of Old Master paintings, portrait miniatures, porcelain, Renaissance bronzes and ceramics, silver and embroidery and is particularly renowned for its 18th-century British paintings. Beautifully-restored with a contemporary extension and Garden Café the Holburne is a short walk from the centre of town. Visit website


Prior Park Landscape Garden
Prior Park Landscape Garden

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park Landscape Garden, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from ‘Capability’ Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the ‘Wilderness’ has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet. Visit website


Dyrham Park
Dyrham Park

Dyrham, Chippenham SN14 8HY

Dyrham Park is a spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park. Explore 270 acres of ancient parkland, where a historic herd of fallow deer roams freely around magnificent trees and breathtaking views. Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection that includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period. Visit website


The Courts Garden
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Holt, Bradford-on-Avon BA14 6RR

Find beauty around every corner at The Courts Garden, Holt. Perfectly peaceful, The Courts Garden’s criss-crossing paths lead you through a variety of unique garden rooms; a peaceful water garden, colourful herbaceous borders, quirky topiary, beautiful lawns and an atmospheric arboretum. This classic early 20th century garden near Bradford on Avon is perfect for a gentle stroll from spring too autumn. Visit website


The Peto Garden at Iford Manor
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Iford Manor, Iford, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA

This romantic, award-winning, family-owned Grade 1-listed garden was created by Edwardian architect Harold Peto when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899-1933. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture surrounded by ebullient planting schemes, leading you on in anticipation of the next delight. Visit website


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