Tour and Explore Museums

Some interesting museums in and around Gloucestershire that we can tour and explore…

Broadway Tower and Country Park

An historic landmark above one of the most picturesque villages of the Cotswolds. A climb to the top of Broadway Tower gives you breathtaking views across many counties. The tower also has an interesting exhibition about its past. It is set in 35 acres of parkland, with animal enclosures, an adventure playground, nature walks and picnic areas. Broadway Tower

The Wilson formerly Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery

A fascinating museum about the local area and famous local people. The displays and exhibits on the Arts and Crafts Movement which developed in the Cotswolds are of national importance. Many designers are featured including Gimson and the Barnsleys, C.R. Ashbee who developed the Guild of Handicrafts in Chipping Campden and Gordon Russell from Broadway, as well as many others. Museum gallery

Corinium Museum, Cirencester

The Corinium Museum traces the story of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the late 19th Century. Special emphasis is placed on the town’s Roman heritage, reflecting Cirencester’s importance as the second largest Roman town, outside London. The Roman collection is spread over two floors and includes marvellous mosaics, tombstones and sculptures. Roman Gallery

Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean

A fascinating museum about the Forest of Dean. Objects from the museum collection are displayed in five new museum galleries and tell the history of the Forest of Dean and its people. The landscape and character of the area result from thousands of years of interaction between the people of the Forest of Dean and its natural environment. Dean Heritage Centre

The Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley

The museum celebrates the life and work of Edward Jenner, doctor, naturalist and discoverer of vaccination. The museum is in his former home, an elegant Queen Anne house, set in an acre of garden. Watch the fascinating video about Jenner before you tour the exhibition rooms and don’t forget to visit the thatched hut at the bottom of the garden where he vaccinated the poor free of charge. The Chantry

The Roman Baths, Bath

Hidden beneath the present city of Bath, lie the stone remains of one of the finest religious spas of the ancient world. The Great Bath (pictured above) is only a small part of the great complex of temples and baths that was built here during Roman times. As you go further into the museum, the stone carvings, statues, altars, mosaics and other Roman remains are carefully displayed with a detailed commentary from the free audio guides that are issued with your admission ticket.

Hot springs that form at Bath

The Gustav Holst Museum, Cheltenham

This is the birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of “The Planets”. The ground floor of the house displays information about the life and work of Holst. The exhibits include his piano and personal family items. Upstairs the house is furnished as a typical Victorian House. Downstairs there is a Victorian kitchen, scullery and servant’s room, which is a reminder of what household chores were like before all our modern appliances! There are lectures, tours and special events throughout the year. Holst birthplace museum


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