The American Museum & Gardens, Bath

Copyright American Museum & Gardens

Thursday March 28th 2019

9.00 am from Ilsham Valley for a 2hr journey to Bath with a stop at a garden centre en route. Leave at 4.00 pm for return to Torquay

Cost £33.00 per person to include coach and entrance (£11.30pp). Cafe and Terrace for lunch and sheltered area for packed lunches.

A coach trip to visit this most interesting museum which displays rooms furnished in period style and a collection of important silverware but the highlight is the wonderful display of quilts with their intricate designs and exquisite workmanship. When we visit there will be a special exhibition of quilts by Kaffe Fassett – an oportunity not to b e missed! Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the hilltop site of the Museum’s home, Claverton Manor, takes full advantage of the spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and River Avon.

Remnants of the Italianate style of the manorial pleasure gardens and parkland dating from the 1820’s can be seen in the grounds including the grotto, the balustrade and curtain walling, as well as ornamental stonework. This work is attributed to George Vivian, son of the original owner John Vivian. With the addition of the New American Garden the grounds now boast the largest collection of American horticultural features in the UK.