Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: By Pulteney Bridge, Bath, Avon BA2 4AT

Contact: 01225 477757



The Victoria Art Gallery is the free public art gallery for Bath & North East Somerset.  The Gallery’s collections range from the 15th century to the present day and were formed mainly by gift and bequest since the building first opened in 1900.

The upper gallery is displayed with three centuries of British paintings from Gainsborough and Turner to Sickert and Hodgkin.  The lower galleries have an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions to cater for every taste.  Artists past and present are featured, from big names such as the Impressionists through to young, up and coming regional artists.

We offer a range of visit options, from a teaching session to self-guided activities.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We offer fantastic opportunities for children to experience, learn and have fun.  Our teaching sessions relate to the National Curriculum and are delivered by experience gallery educators.  Our teaching sessions take place in the galleries and sometimes in our wet work room.  We explore the collection and displays in a variety of creative ways.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Self guided visits – these must be booked in advance, telephone 01225 477232 to make a booking.

Facilitated visits

Our teaching sessions must be booked in advance and include working the galleries and with a gallery educator.  Our themes include:

KS1 Plasticine People

Take a lesson with the inventor of Plasticine, William Harbutt. Find out about his life, his time in Bath and his invention of Plasticine. Try a range of ways of using Plasticine and make a tile to take back to school. Special session combining history and art.

Sensing the seasons

Use your senses to explore the changing seasons; look at paintings of summer, touch natural objects and smell the scents of summer. Use paint to create a seasonal landscape.

Great Greeks – history curriculum

Investigate and sketch the Parthenon frieze which is displayed on the gallery walls.  Explore original Greek objects and find out more about Greek art and architecture.  Design a mythical creature inspired by animals you can see on the gallery’s zodiac ceiling and use pen and water-colour to complete your picture.


All about me – KS1

Discover how portraits have changed from King Henry VIII to Pilu the performing dog.  Create a ‘royal’ self-portrait in mixed media and a quick pen picture of your favourite person or pet in the gallery.  See portraits by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Peter Blake.

Face to face: people and portraits – KS2

Explore the lives of people in the past through portraits and paintings of people from Tudor times to the twentieth century.  Use line and shape to record your discoveries and make a printed self-portrait inspired by our exhibitions.  See portraits by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Peter Blake.

Blooming Marvellous!

Explore the colourful, quirky art of the Bloomsbury group. Design and print a piece of wallpaper or fabric or decorate a paper plate.

Who do you think you are?

Explore identity through people from the past in our portrait collection and create a contemporary picture of a person or pet, using tactile materials.

Britain's Landscapes

See paintings by British artists from the past 300 years. Enjoy paintings of our landscape and culture. Sketch using watercolours and pastels. Experiment with mark making and look at the changing British landscape.

Great Greeks

Investigate and sketch the Parthenon frieze. Explore original Greek objects and find out more about Greek art and architecture. Create a 3D class frieze. Do a full Greek day by joining up with the Holburne Museum as well.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Yes. LOtC Quality Badge.

What size groups do they cater for?

Large groups may be split into smaller groups to enter the galleries.  Teachers must supervise their groups at all times. Teaching sessions have a maximum limit of 35 including children and adults.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our teacher’s pack can be downloaded from our website.  We can provide a free explore art gallery trail in the upper gallery if booked in advance.  Tel: 01225 477757 to arrange.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

I’m afraid we do not allow photography in the galleries.  

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers can obtain a generic risk assessment from  

Teacher pre-visits can also be arranged. 

What are the contact details for their education officer?

You can contact our Learning & Programmes Co-ordinator by telephone or email:  01225 477757 or

What does it cost?

Please see the website for the current prices


Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We do not have facilities to eat a packed lunch.

There is a Gallery shop on the ground floor.

Are there disabled facilities?

For wheelchair users, the ground and first floors can be accessed via the ramped entrance on Bridge Street. Pressing a button on the outside of the building automatically opens the doors.

What are your opening days and hours?

Opening hours: The Victoria Art Gallery is now open daily from 10.30am – 5.00pm. Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

The workshop leader was excellent at how she delivered the session to such young children.  Stonar School
Many thanks for a great session.  Rowdeford School.

The children enjoyed the ‘learning boxes’.  Thank you for a happy session.  Kingswood School.

The session was well paced and engaging.  St Philips Primary School.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology English History Leisure & Tourism Music

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December