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Museums & ART Galleries


Almonry Heritage Centre, Evesham

Displays of the Romano- British, Anglo-Saxon, medieval and monastic remains, in an exquisite C14 timber-framed building. Tourist Information Centre. .

Open daily Mar- Oct 10-5 M-Sa, Su 2-5, Oct- Mar M-Sa.

01386 446944 almonryevesham.org

Athelstan Museum, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury

Wonderful collection of Roman and Saxon coins, as well as bicycles, fire engines, Tom Girtin drawings and local bygones.

Open daily 10.30-4.30.

01666 829258 athelstanmuseum.org.uk

Broadway Museum, TUDOR HOUSE, 65 High Street, BROADWAY WR12 7DP

Exhibits on display over 3-floors include decorative art from the C17-C21; paintings by Gainsborough and Millais, Armorial ceramics, and Sheldon tapestries. Much was donated to the University of Oxford in 1683 by Elias Ashmore.

Open Tu-Su & BHs 10-5  

01386 859047 broadwaymuseum.org.uk

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester

An impressive collection of Roman remains clearly displayed to relate the development of the Cotswolds, from earliest times, with special reference to the Roman period. For those with a bent for ancient history, and or, an interest in the Romano-Greek World and its connection with Ancient Britain this lively museum will tick your fancy. However, whatever your interest in the Cotswolds you will be better for a visit to this shrine of Roman endeavour.

Open daily all year M-Sa 10-5, Su 2-5. Attached to Jack’s Coffee Shop.

01285 655611 coriniummuseum.co.uk

Court Barn Museum, CHURCH STREET, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

A celebration of the town’s association with the Arts & Crafts Movement. An exhibition of silver, jewellery ceramics, sculpture, industrial design and more, all beautifully set up by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.

Open Apr-Sept Tu-Su 10-5 Oct-Mar Tu-Su 11-4.  

01386 841951

Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, Bath 

A major collection started by Doris Langley Moore; collector, costume designer and author. From the C18, to the present day: with accessories, corsets, ‘Dress of the Year’, archives and research facilities.

Open daily from 10.30-5.

01225 477789 fashionmuseum.co.uk

Gloucester Life Museum, 99-103 Westgate Street, GLOUCESTER GL1 2PG

Medieval timber-framed buildings associated with martyrdom of Bishop Hooper in 1555. Social history, folklore, crafts and industries of city and county. Herb garden.

Open Tu-Sa 10-5

01452 396868

Gordon Russell Museum, 15 Russell Square, Broadway

A collection spanning 60 years that is dedicated to one of the C20s finest furniture designers. With original design drawings and furniture embracing the 'Arts & Crafts’ movement.

Open Tu-Su 11-5 (-4 in winter) & BH Ms.

01386 854695 gordonrussellmuseum.org

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath

 A celebration of the many achievements of William and Caroline Herschel, distinguished astronomers and talented musicians whose research broached new knowledge of the solar system. In 1781 William discovered Uranus.

Open daily except W Feb to mid-Dec, M-F 1-5, Sa, Su & BHs 11-5.

01225 446865 herschelmuseum.org.uk

Holburne Museum of Art, Great Pulteney Street, Bath

A collection of fine, and decorative art, founded by Sir William Holburne in the C19. The paintings include landscapes by Guardi and Turner. Portraits by Stubs, Zoffany and Gainsborough. Cafe.

Open daily 10-5.

01225 388569 holburne.org.uk

Holst Birthplace Museum, Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY

 Memorabilia of composer’s life. Period furnished rooms and an exhibition of life in Victorian England.

Open all year Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1.30-5.  

01242 524846  

Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, Bath

Jane lived in Bath from 1801-1806 and the experiencehad a profound effect on herwriting. There are costume displays from TV’s Persuasion and there are guided tours of Jane’s Bath. Bookshop. Tearoom.

Open daily.

01225 443000 janeausten.co.uk

Jenner's Museum & Garden, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN

A Queen Anne House with traditional and modern displays that celebrate  the life of Edward Jenner, the surgeon who discovered a vaccine for smallpox.

Open Easter & Apr to Sept, Su-W 11-5, & October Half Term  

01453 810631

John Moore Countryside Museum, 41 Church Street, Tewkesbury

Dedicated to children and all aspects of nature conservation displayed in a C15 timber framed house.

Open Apr to Oct Tu-Sa & BHs, 10-1 & 2-5.

01684 297174

Lloyd Baker Countryside Collection, The Old Prison, Northleach

 Fascinating medley of agricultural implements: carts and bygone machinery. Free entry via the Cotswold Lion Cafe

Museum In The Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF

Innovative and colourful displays and changing exhibitions ranging from Dinosaurs to the Uley Roman Temple to the world’s first lawnmower and contemporary sculpture. New featured Garden out back is wonderful. A  Must-See for all Cotswold enthusiasts

Open Apr to Sept Tu-F  10-5, W/Es & BHs 11-5. Oct to Mar Tu-F 10-4, W/Es 11-4.  

01453 763394

museum of Bath architecture, The Paragon, bath 

A fascinating study of how Bath was transformed, from a provincial town into the world-renowned Georgian city, thought of, (at the time) as the finest city in Western Europe, and how classical design influenced the architects, builders and visionaries.

Open mid-Apr to 30 Oct, W/Es & BHs 10.30-5.

01225 338727 bath-preservation- trust.org.uk

Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath 

Set in an C18 Real Tennis Court, the museum traces the development of Bath from the C17, to the present day, by illustrating engineering, printing, tourism and car making.

Open daily mid-mar to Oct 10.30-5.

01225 318348 bath-at-work.org.uk

Museum of East Asian Art, 12 Bennett Street, Bath

Founded by Brian McElney whose collection of fine ceramics, jades and bronzes from China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia date from 5,000 BC to the present day. Open Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5.

01225 464640


Museum of Gloucester,  Brunswick Road, GLOUCESTER  GL1 1HP

Roman relics, dinosaurs, aquarium, art exhibitions.

Open Tu-Sa 10-5.  

01452 396131        venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Museums

Nature In Art Museum,
Wallsworth Hall, SANDHURST, Gloucester GL2 9PA

The world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to Art inspired by Nature. Life-size sculptures in the garden. Artists at work (Feb-Nov). Coffee shop. Play area.

Open all year Tu-Su & BHs.  

01452 731422   nature-in-art.org.uk

Old Mill Museum, Lower Slaughter

This iconic C19 flour mill has been lovingly restored into a small museum with ice cream parlour, tea room and mill shop. The proprietor is the lead singer
in a Jazz band, hence the funky music. Open daily, 10-6.

01451 820052 oldmill-lowerslaughter.com

Oxford Bus Museum, BR Station Goods Yard, Long Hanborough

35 vehicles including the Morris Motors Museum.

Open Su, W & BHs 10.30-4.30.

01993 883617 oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk

Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock

 An exhibition of Oxfordshire, and its people, from earliest times to the present day. Changing exhibitions. Coffee shop.

Open daily Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 2-5.

01993 814106 oxfordshire.gov.uk

Peter Martin Gallery, 2 Digbeth Court, Stow-on-the-wold

An artistic, and creative impression of life in Venice and Paris, through the medium of black- and-white images.

Open daily 10-5.

07479 610511 petermartinphotography.co.uk

Postal Museum, 27 Northgate Street, Bath

 History of the postal system from ancient Egypt to today, and the men who developed Bath’s system: Ralph Allen, John Palmer and Thomas Moore Musgrave. Wonderful display of the British postbox.

Open M-Sa 11-5.

01225 460333 bathpostalmuseum.co.uk

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, The Docks,

31 COMMERCIAL ROAD, Gloucester GL1 2HE

300 years’ service portrayed by sound effects and life-size models, weapons and uniforms.

Open Mar to Oct, daily 10-5, Nov to Feb Tu-Sa, 10-5.

01452 522682   soldiersofglos.com


Local folk history and heritage centre in stunning black and white timbered building.

Open daily in summer from 11-4, winter W/Es 11-3.

01684 292901 tewkesburymuseum.org

The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum,
Clarence Street, CHELTENHAM GL50 3JT

World-renowned Arts & Crafts Movement collection inspired by William Morris. Rare Chinese and English ceramics. The Paper Store, an open archive of local heroes, including the great Edward Wilson, Antarctic Explorer. Social history of Cheltenham. C17 Dutch and C17-20 British paintings. Wilson Cafe. TIC.

Open M-Sa 9.30-5.15, Su 11-4.  

01242 237431



Burford’s social and industrial history; charters, dolls house, objects of many rural trades.

Open daily April to October Tu-Su2-5

01993 823196 tolseymuseumburford.org

Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath

Free admission provides a full programme of contemporary art, decorative art and British paintings bySickert, Whistler, Zoffany
and Gainsborough. Don’t miss the hilarious caricatures depicting C18 Bath life.

Open 10.30-5.

01225 477233 victoriagal.org.uk

Witney Museum, High Street, Witney

Situated in a traditional Cotswold stone building that was once the home of Malachi Bartlett, the proprietor of a
well known local building firm. The museum shows the history of Witney and surrounding area featuring local industries such as Witney Blankets, glove making and brewing, together with photographs and artefacts relating to Witney.

Open Apr to Oct, Tu-Sa,10-4, Su 2-4. Children free.

01993 775915. witneyhistory.org

World of Mechanical Music, High Street, Northleach

One of the Cotswolds more eccentric attractions where you willbe met with a cheery welcome. An enchanting wonderland of mechanical musical instruments, clocks and restored musical boxes. Magical Musicals.

Cafe/bar open W-Su 10-10. Museum open daily 10-5.

01451 86018 mechanicalmusic.co.uk