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Ceremony of the Keys -The main gate of the Tower of London is locked every evening at 9:50 pm by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London accompanied by an escort of Guards. Passes are necessary to attend the ceremony and can be obtained free of charge by writing at least 6 weeks in advance of travel to:
The Yeoman Clerk 
Queen's House 
HM The Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB
Information required is: name, contact address and telephone number in London, choice of date, and any alternative dates, together with number of tickets required (no more than seven passes per applicant). Please note an International Reply Coupon (obtainable from any post office - used to redeem for stamps - plus a self-addressed envelope) must be enclosed.
Guard Changing Ceremony - Buckingham Palace - From mid April to early August, the Queen's Guard is changed daily at 11:30 am. In winter months the ceremony only takes place every alternate day. There is no ceremony in very wet weather and times may alter on days when State events take place.
Horse Guards, Whitehall - The Queen’s Life Guard is changed daily throughout the year, Monday to Saturday 11 am, Sunday 10 am. Times may alter on days when state events take place.
Gun Salutes - Gun Salutes take place annually to commemorate the following dates:
February 6  Accession Day 
April 21  Queen’s Birthday
June 2  Coronation Day 
June 10  Prince Phillip’s Birthday
June 17  Queen’s Official Birthday
August 4  Queen’s Mother’s Birthday
On each date, there is a 41-gun salute at 12 noon in Hyde Park (except for June 17 when it takes place in Green Park at 11 am) and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London, held at 1 pm. Please note that Gun Salutes are not fired on Sundays and if the event should occur on Sunday, the Gun Salute will take place the next day.
Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage (HRP)
Kew Gardens, Richmond,
Surrey TW7 3AB
Tel: 011 44 181 332 5189
Kew Palace is an intimate, little-known royal palace situated in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Its interiors reflect the domestic and private lives of George III and Queen Charlotte, who used it as their family retreat from 1802 to 1818. Queen Charlotte's Cottage served as a picturesque summerhouse for George III.
Tower of London
Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB 
Tel: 011 44171 709 0765 Fax: 011 44 171 480 5350
Open: Mar-Oct: Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-18:00; 
Nov-Feb Tue-Sat 09:00-17:00, Sun-Mon-10: 00-17:00 (last admission 1 hour before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec.
Entry: Adult £8.50 Child £5.60
The Tower of London spans over 900 years of British history. Fortress, palace, prison, arsenal and garrison, it is one of the best-preserved and most famous fortified buildings in the world, and houses the priceless crown jewels, royal armories, yeoman warders and ravens.
BBC Experience
Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
Tel: 011 44 171 765 1109 Fax: 011 44 171 765 5731 
Open: Daily from 10:00-17:30 (seasonal variations)
Entry: Adult £5.75 Child £4.00
How the BBC operates: using models, studios, archives and plenty of hands-off displays for radio and television.
Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ 
Tel: 011 44 171 930 6961 Fax: 011 44 171 839 5897
Open: Apr-Sep daily 09:30-18:00, Oct-Mar daily 10:00-18:00 
(Last Admission 17:15).
Entry: Adult £4.40 Child £2.20
The Cabinet War Rooms were emergency accommodation provided for Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet against air attacks during the Second World War. Visitors can see a suite of 21 historic rooms including the Cabinet Room, transatlantic telephone room, and the Prime Minister's Room.
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ
Tel: 011 44 171 416 5000 Fax: 011 44 171 416 5374 
Open: Daily 10:00-18:00
Entry: Adult £4.70 Child £2.35
Museum tells the story of 20th-century war from Flanders to Bosnia. Special features include the Blitz Experience - the dramatic recreation of an air raid, and the Trench Experience.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanical Gardens)
Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Tel: 011 44 181 332 5622 Fax: 011 44 181 332 5610
Open: Daily from 09:30. Please call for closing times (011 44 181 940 1171). (Closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
Entry: Adult £4.50 Child £2.50
Tours should be pre-paid 14 days in advance. 
300 acres, once belonging to the Royal Family, now contain over 40,000 plant species and varieties. Six glasses houses, including the new Evolution House, two art galleries, Visitors Centre, shops and restaurants.
London Docklands Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre, 3 Limeharbour, London E 14 9TJ 
Tel: 011 44 171 512 1111 Fax: 011 44 171 537 2549
Open: Mon-Fri 08:30-18:00, Sat-Sun 09:30-17:00
Entry: Free admission.
The Visitor Centre provides an excellent starting point for a visit to London Docklands. In addition to providing a wealth of information on the area's attractions, its exhibition and film shows trace the area’s history, illustrate London Docklands today and look forward to the fulfillment of the regeneration program.
London Transport Museum
The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB
Tel: 011 44 171 379 6344 Fax: 011 44 171 836 4118 
Open: Daily 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15). On Fri opens at 11:00.
Entry: Adult £4.50 Child £2.50
Spectacular displays of buses, trams and trains reveal the fascinating story of travel, people and London. Simulators and multi-lingual facilities.
Museum of London
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 011 44 171 600 3699 Fax: 011 44 171 600 1058
E-mail: info@museum-london.org.uk
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00 -17:50, Sun 12:00 -17:50. 
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
Entry: Adult £4.00 Child £2.00
The Museum of London shows the story of London and Londoners from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Popular exhibits include the Lord Mayor's Coach, the Great Fire Experience, reconstructed Victorian shops, and the Cheapside hoard of late Elizabethan jewelry.
Museum of the Moving Image
South Bank, Waterloo,
London SE1 8XT
Tel: 011 44 171 815 1383 Fax: 011 44 171 633 9749
Open: Daily 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00).
Closed 24-26 Dec. 
Entry: Adult £5.95 Child £4.00
Disabled access. 24-hour info line: 011 44 171 401 2636
The award-winning Museum of the Moving Image - where film comes to life. Where else can you meet Frankenstein, audition for a Hollywood screen role, interact with a whole cast of actor-guides, fly like Superman and see hundreds of film and TV clips. Licensed restaurant, cafe, gift and bookshop.
London Zoo
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Tel: 011 44 171 722 3333 Fax: 011 44 171 586 6177
Open: Dally from 10:00.
Entry: Adult £8.00 Child £6.00
One of the world's most famous zoos. Over 8,000 animals. 'Meet the Animals' shows and animal encounters are held daily and create opportunities for visitors to learn more about the animals from their keepers. Also Moonlight World and new Bear Mountain.
Madame Tussaud's & the London Planetarium
Marylebone Road, London NW1R 5LR
Tel: 011 44 171 935 6861(MT) Fax: 011 44 171 465 0862
Open: Madame Tussaud's - Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat & Sun 09:30 –17:30 
(Last admission).
London Planetarium – Daily 12:20-17:00.
Hours of opening extended in summer months. Shows last 30 minutes and take place every 40 minutes.
Entry: Adult £8.95 Child £5.90 (MT), 
A £5.65 C £3.70 (LP), 
A £11.20 C £7.10 (combined)
Where else can you rub shoulders with Kings and Queens, sporting heroes and celebrities like Brad Pitt and Naomi Campbell? Discover the gruesome secrets which lurk in the new Chamber of Horrors. Next door is the London Planetarium, where a new spectacular show guides you through our solar system.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place,
London WC2H OHE
Tel: 011 44 171 306 0055 Fax: 011 44 171 306 0056
Open: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00,
Sun 12:00-18:00
Entry: Admission free but charges for special exhibitions.
Portraits of the famous in British history and culture; poets and princesses, statesmen and sportsmen, artists and actresses, explorers and astronomers
On display: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, miniatures and photographs. 
Tube: Leicester Square/tube
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road,
London SW7 5BD
Tel: 011 44 171 9389123 Fax: 011 44 171 938 9267
Open: Mon-Sat & Bank Holidays 10:00-17:50, Sun 11:00-17:50.
Closed 23-26 Dec.
Entry: Adult £6.00 Child £3.00 
The world's leading museum of natural history inspires all ages to see the world in a different way. Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits ranging from the dramatic new volcano experience to the spectacular dinosaur’s exhibition.
Rock Circus
The London Pavilion,
1 Piccadilly Circus,
London W1V 9LA
Tel: 011 44 171 734 7203 Fax: 011 44 171 734 8023
Open: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00-21:00; Tue 12:00-21:00; Fri, Sat 11:00-22:00.
Entry: Adult £7.95 Child £6.50 
Rock Circus, where the spirit of rock speaks to you, sings to you, moves and touches you. Unique exhibition and show celebrating 40 years of rock and pop.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Exhibition
New Globe Walk, Bankside,
London SE1
Tel: 011 44 171 902 1500 Fax: 011 44 171 902 1515 
Open: Daily. May-Sep, 09:00-12:15 and 14:00-16:00.
Entry: Adult £5.00 Child £3.00
Advance booking essential.
The fascinating story of the re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe, the most important public theatre ever built. Unique opportunity to view the faithfully reconstructed Elizabethan theatre built with materials, techniques and craftsmanship of 400 years ago. Exhibition, gift shop and Globe Education Centre. Theatre performances May-Sep.
The Tate Gallery
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Tel: 011 44 171 887 8000 Fax: 011 44 171 887 8007
Recorded information: 011 44 171 887 8008
Open: Daily 10:00-17:50.
Closed 24, 25 & 26 Dec. 
Entry: Admission free except for major loan exhibitions.
The Tate Gallery houses the national collection of British painting from the 16th century to the present day and the international collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture. The Clore Gallery houses the Turner Bequest, comprising the paintings, watercolors and sketchbooks of JMW Turner, left to the nation on his death.
The Tower Bridge Experience
Tower Bridge,
London SE1 2UP
Tel: 011 44 171 403 3761 Fax: 011 44 171 357 7935
Open: Daily Apr-Oct 10:00-18:30, Nov-Mar 09:30-18:00 
(Last admission 1-1/4 hours before closing).
Entry: Adult £5.70 Child £3.90
Deep inside Tower Bridge lies a fascinating journey of discovery. Exciting anamatronics and interactive displays bring to life more than 100 years of the bridge's amazing history.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road,
London SW7 2RL
Tel: 011 44 171 938 8500 Fax: 011 44 171 938 8341 
Open: Mon 12:00-17:50, Tue-Sun 10:00-17:50.
Entry: Adult £5.00, Free for under-18s.
Free between 16:30-17:50
The world's finest museum of the decorative arts, founded in 1852 to support and encourage excellence in art and design. Today the magnificent Victorian buildings house fabulous collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and textiles, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewelry, books, prints, and photographs from Britain and all over the world.
The Royal Horticultural Society
PO Box 313, 80 Vincent
Square, London SW1P 2PE
Tel: 011 44 171 821 3042 Fax: 011 44 171 233 9502 
Britain's gardening charity. The RHS organizes the Chelsea Flower Show, Scotland's National Gardening Show & Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and runs RHS Gardens Wisley, Rosemoor & Hyde Hall. Some further 20 shows are held in the Horticultural Halls in Westminster.
The Royal Tournament
Earls Court Exhibition Centre,
Warwick Road,
London SW5 9TA
Tel: 011 44 171 370 8399 Fax: 011 44 171 370 8039
E-mail: boxoffice@eco.co.uk
A spectacular shows with a cast of over 2,000.
Acts include the thrilling Royal Navy Field Gun competition, the glorious display of the King's Troop and their gallant Musical Drive, massed bands, color and pageantry. Discounts available for coach/tour operators.
London White Card
Goulston Lincoln Marketing, 110 Southgate Road,
London N1 3HY
Tel: 011 44 171 923 0807 Fax: 011 44 171 249 0396
E-mail:101606.362@compuserve. com 
The London White Card - three and seven-day saver passes for individuals or families, offering unlimited access to 15 leading London museums and galleries. The Card covers all temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.
Apsley House: The Wellington Museum
Barbican Art Gallery
Courtauld Gallery
Design Museum
Hayward Gallery
Imperial War Museum
London Transport Museum
Museum of London
Museum of the Moving Image
National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Observatory and Queen's House
Natural History Museum
Royal Academy of Arts
Science Museum Theatre Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Fully commissionable. Outstanding value and a must for all visitors to London. Also ideal for packages, add-ons, partners programmes, incentives, welcome packs.
EXCURSIONS OUT OF LONDON
Getting out of London is easy, with a host of transportation alternatives to choose from such as trains, express coaches, river trips, or self-drive car rental. It is easy to plan a day's excursion, returning to a base in London the same day. A day out of London provides the visitor a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of sites and attractions - and the unique charm of the British villages and countryside. Within a short distance of London are many magnificent castles, palatial-style country houses surrounded by beautiful gardens, historic abbeys and glorious cathedrals. The British Travel Centre situated at Regent Street, London (two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus), offers the visitor a comprehensive selection of things to see and do. For more information call The British Tourist Authority at 1 800 462 2748.
Beaulieu
John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hants S042 7ZN
Tel: 011 44 1590 612345 Fax: 011 44 1590 612624 E-mail: Beaulieu@tcp.co.uk
Open: Daily Easter-Sep 10:00-18:00, Daily Oct-Easter 10:00-17:00. 
Last admission 40 minutes before closing time.
Closed 25 Dec
Entry: Group Rates
Adult £7.00 Child £5.30
Pre-booking preferred.
Beaulieu, home of Lord Montagu. Features Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey Ruins, the Monastic Life exhibition, and the world famous National Motor Museum with 250 historic exhibits including the Bluebird. Free coach parking available.
Hatfield House
Hatfield, Herts ALP 5NQ
Tel: 011 44 1707 262823 Fax: 011 44 1707 275719 
Open: (House) 25 Mar-11 Oct. Tue-Fri 12:00-16:00 & Sat 12:00-16:30 (guided tours only). 
Sun 13:00-16:30 & Bank Holiday - Mon 11:00-17:00. 
Gardens open daily 11:00-18:00. Coach parking free.
Entry: Adult £5.50 Child £3.40 (house and gardens)
Jacobean House (1608), magnificent park and gardens. Elizabethan history started at Hatfield - Famous Ermine and Rainbow Portraits and mementos. Home of Marquess of Salisbury. Elizabethan banquets held in the Old Palace.
Hever Castle and Gardens
Hever, Edenbridge,
Kent TN8 7NG
Tel: 011 44 1732 865224 Fax: 011 44 1732 866796
Open: Daily 1 Mar-30 Nov. Gardens open 11:00  Castle 12:00. 
Last admission 17:00. Closes 18:00. (16:00 in Mar & Nov). 
Private guided tours available in a number of languages. Pre-booking essential.
Entry: Adult £6.50 Child £3.30 
An enchanting 13th-century double-moated Castle. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn superbly restored by William Waldorf Astor with a wonderful collection of furniture, paintings and tapestries. Award winning gardens with 35-acre lake, maze and romantic Tudor rose and Italian gardens. Water Maze, 110m-herbaceous border. Restaurants, gift, book and garden shops. Miniature model house exhibition. Special events throughout season. Residential conference & banqueting facilities.
Leeds Castle
Maidstone, Kent ME 17 1PL 
Tel: 011 44 1622 765400 Fax: 011 44 1622 735616 
Open: Mar-Oct daily 10:00-17:00, Nov-Feb daily 10:00-15:00 (last admission). 
Closed Christmas and prior to special evening events.
Entry: Adult £8.50 Child £5.50 (castle & grounds)
Combined train/admission scheme for groups available.
A magnificent medieval castle built on 2 small islands in the middle of a lake and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Superb collection of medieval furnishings, tapestries and paintings. Unique museum of dog collars. Aviaries, maze, underground grotto and vineyard, 9-hole golf course, duckery and conference Centre. Full visitor facilities including shops and restaurants. Year-round program of special events.
Windsor Castle
Windsor, Berks SL4 1NJ 
Tel: 011 44 1753 868286 Tel: 011 44 1753 831118 (Recorded Information)
Fax: 011 44 1753 832290
The Castle comprises a number of sections open at certain times during the year.
Entry: Adult £9.80 Child £5.60 - on-Sat (all areas)
A £7.70 C £4.60 (Sun & other days when St George's Chapel closed)
The Precincts, State Apartments, St George's Chapel, The Gallery and Queen Mary's Dolls' House. Train: Windsor/Eton Central Bus: Green Line Services 700, 701, 702. Also 718 (summer only).
Woburn Abbey
Woburn, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire MK43 0TD 
Tel.: 011 44 1525 290666 Fax: 011 44 1525 290271 
Open: Jan to mid-Mar, Sat & Sun only 11:00-16:00
mid-Mar to Oct, Mon-Sat 11:00-16:00,
Sun & Bank Holidays 11:00-17:00. Closed Nov & Dec
Entry: Adult £7.00 Child £2.50.
Historic house with gardens, grotto and one of the finest collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver in the country. Located minutes from junction 12/13 off M1. Under one hour from Heathrow and Luton Airports. Train: Flitwick, Bletchley or Milton Keynes
Legoland-Windsor
Corporate Events
LEGOLAND Windsor provides a new and exciting venue for all kinds of family-orientated corporate events - from company fun-days, client hospitality and team-building programmes to association days. Consignment tickets are also available. Contact the Corporate Sales Executive In-Group Sales to discuss your needs.
Group Visits
Special group rates apply to a minimum of 20 paying guests booking in advance. The Park makes a great day out for a wide variety of groups including scouts, brownies, charities, social clubs and associations. To book and for more details please contact Group Reservations during office hours. Tel: 01753 626100 or Fax: 01753 626200.
Birthdays
Make someone's birthday a very special and memorable day! Call 0990 62 63 64 for details of the various options and packages, including 'goody bags', special menus and treats. Gift Vouchers make a wonderful present. Redeemable for admission, or at in-Park restaurants and shops these are available in: £1, £5 and £10 denominations, in-Park or via the Hotline.
Disabled and Special Needs Visitors
LEGOLAND's award-winning facilities enable the best possible enjoyment and accessibility for guests with disabilities and special needs. An advisory fact sheet is available in advance, or on arrival at Guest Services.
LEGO Club
LEGOLAND welcomes all LEGO World Club members at the special rate of just £10.50. LEGO Club weekends - with special events and benefits for Club members.
Opening Times
Every day from 14 March to 1 November.
Opening hours 10am to 6pm (or dusk, if earlier) but from 18 July to 31 August the Park stays open until 8pm. We recommend that you allow between 6 and 7 hours to enjoy the Park.
Admission Rates
Admission rates cover a full day of entertainment, allowing unlimited enjoyment of all rides, attractions and shows.
Adults £16.00  - Children (3-15 years) £13.00 - Seniors £10.00
2-Day Tickets - excellent value if you buy in advance – or on arrival for 2 consecutive days. Adults’ £19.50 - Children (3-15 years) £16.50 - Seniors’ £13.50 
LEGOLAND Windsor reserves the right to vary admission prices without prior notice.
Advance Bookings
LEGOLAND Windsor operates a free advance booking service. As an advance ticket holder, you will be guaranteed admission on any date of your choice. Allow enough time for your tickets to be mailed to you and then, on arrival, you will fast track past the ticket booth - avoiding any line. Otherwise, 48 hours notice is required and tickets can be collected at the Park's entrance. If you prefer, you can turn up and pay on the day, but guests are advised to arrive early on weekends and during school holidays to avoid disappointment. The Park will close when and if capacity is reached.
Season Passes
For real LEGOLAND fans, a season pass provides great value and allows unlimited access to the Park throughout the season - including all special events. Adults £46.00, Children £37.00, Seniors £28.00, LEGO Club Members £35.00.
Important Information
Visitors are advised that for technical, operational or other reasons beyond our control, any activity, ride or show may be closed or otherwise unavailable at any time. Certain age, height and health restrictions apply on some rides and attractions. Please refer to signs posted at each entry and observe these for your own safety. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 12 years. No dogs or pets can be admitted except trained Guide Dogs.
When You Get There
The facilities available to guests visiting LEGOLAND Windsor are all that you would expect from the LEGO Group. There are wheelchairs, pushchair hire, cash dispensers, kennels, 'Lost Parents' meeting points and a First Aid Centre staffed by qualified nurses. The well-equipped Baby CareCentre provides a peaceful haven for nursing and changing your baby.
Stonehenge is the most outstanding Monument in the British Isles and a World Heritage Site. Imagine that you are walking among the ancient people who mapped the course of the sun and moon to build this monument. Look for the burial mounds in the landscape where they buried their leaders. Stonehenge is the Centre of one of the world's earliest cultures. Take time to explore Stonehenge. 
Stonehenge and the surrounding area - there is much to see. Complimentary Audio Tours (subject to availability) help you learn more about Stonehenge, its history and surroundings. Guidebook, which is available at the entrance or shop, contains photographs, text and illustrations that bring the history of Stonehenge alive.
Wycombe Museum
The museum is full of surprises. Its home is historic Castle Hill House; an eighteenth century building set in attractive grounds. Inside, the displays explore the history of the Wycombe area, especially the chairs and chair making for which the town is famous. There are interactive displays, changing exhibitions, historic films, a computer quiz and much more. In fact... something for everyone. There is a car park on site and ramped access to ground floor. Gift shop.
ADMISSION FREE
OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, 
Buckinghamshire HPI 3 6PX
Enquirer 01494 421895
Bath and Northeast Somerset
The first Pump Room was built in the style of an orangery and opened to the public in 1706. It provided a place to drink the curative waters, to view the bathers in the King's Bath and gain access to it. The Pump Room became a popular place to meet in the mornings and was extended in the 1750's.
As yet more visitors came to Bath, the Pump Room was completely rebuilt and in 1795, the Duchess of York opened it in its present form. Following the discovery of the Roman Baths in 1878/80, the Concert Room extension was opened in 1897.
We hope this brief guide to the art and furnishings of the Pump Room will add to the enjoyment of your visit.
Promenade Corridor
From the Abbey Churchyard entrance:
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) plasters by Percy Fitzgerald (d. 1925). On the pedestal are four panels representing characters from Dickens' novels? Fitzgerald was himself an author and friend of Dickens.
The Angel at Bethesda, marble by John Warrington Wood (1839-1886). This sculpture once stood over the mineral water fountain in the Pump Room. It was given in 1889 to commemorate the opening of the new private baths on the site by the Duchess of Alban. It was clearly intended that a parallel should be drawn between the miraculous healing powers of the pool of Bethesda and the benefits of Bath's hot springs.
Evening Prayer, a marble by A. Piazza-Crarara (late 19th Century). The Musee de Montpellier holds a portrait sculpture by this Italian late 19th Century sculptor who is otherwise little known.
A Mother and Children, marble by John Warrington Wood (1839-1886) 
Concert Room
Bath Chair
In this room, now the Museum reception hall, is a Bath chair dating to around 1840. Although cheaper to operate than sedans, Bath chairs could only take the sick to their door, whereas sedan chairmen were able to take sick passengers into houses, up staircases and into rooms.
The Pump Room
The Tompion Clock and Sundial
Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) was one of England's greatest clockmakers and certainly the most famous. In 1709, he presented this long case clock to the city, together with a sundial, sited in the end window of the Pump Room overlooking the King's Bath.
The clock is fitted with equation work in the dial arch to show the difference between solar time, which can be calculated from the sundial, and mean time. The variation between the two times is indicated by a pointer which would enable the clock to be set correctly from the sundial at any time of year. Clocks with a built in time equation are a rarity. The first was made by Tompion for William III in 1695.
Sedan Chairs
To the left of the clock is a leather clad sedan chair which was used for public hire. The No. 68 is its license number. Chairmen plied for hire outside the Pump Room offering to return visitors to their lodgings in much the same way as taxis offer transport today. In the 18th Century, the standard fare was sixpence but charges increased for hilly ground.
The Earl of Rosenvig donated the second sedan, which was in private ownership, in 1925. The crown denotes the status of the original owner. Rococo in style with gesso decoration, it may have been made in Germany or Austria.
Paintings and sculpture from the left of the clock, left to right:
Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745), oil on canvas, studio of Jean Baptiste Van Loo (1684-1745). This is one of a number of related portraits of the Whig statesman Robert Walpole from the studio of the French artist Van Loo who was in England between 1737 and 1742.
Above the clock:
Richard 'Beau' Nash (1674-1761), marble, probably carved by Joseph Plura (d. 1756), working in the studio of Prince Hoare. Nash was Bath's most famous Master of Ceremonies, then referred to as "King of Bath". The sculpture was placed in the 'old' Pump Room to one side of the clock in August 1752. Plura also carved the City Arms on the Grammar School in Broad Street.
The Countess of Orford, oil on canvas, British 18th Century.
South wall:
Ralph Allen (1694-1764) oils on canvas, attributed to Arthur Pond (1705-1758). Allen played a major role in the development of the postal system, built Prior Park and successfully promoted the use of Bath stone. Pond's account books show that Allen was a regular purchaser of prints from Pond for his library at Prior Park.
George Henry Law (1761-1845) Bishop of Bath and Wells. oil on canvas by Sir William Beechey (1753-1839). A view of the Bishop's palace at Wells can be seen through the window to the left of the picture.
On the stage:
Three portraits of members of the Davies family of Bath by Thomas Beach (1738-1806). Charles Davies (1741-1805) was a pastel painter and a commissioner for lighting for the Abbey parish in Bath.
Sun Lounge
Richard 'Beau' Nash (1674-1761), oil on canvas by William Hoare (1707-1792). Hoare gave this portrait of Nash to the Bath Corporation shortly after Nash's death in 1761, but it dates from considerably earlier. It hung originally over a door in the old Guildhall.
Venanzio Rauzzini (1747-1810), oil on canvas by Joseph Hutchison (1747-1830). Rauzzini was a brilliant castrato singer for whom Mozart wrote his famous Exsultate Jubilate in 1774. Rauzzini settled in Bath as director of public concerts and became one of the most successful teachers of vocal technique in England.
The 'Old' Pump Room by John Sanders (1750-1825). John Sanders or Saunders came to Bath from East Anglia in 1790. His view of the old Pump Room includes the suggestion that the ceiling was covered with decorative paintings and in the corner next to the musicians' gallery was an elaborate sculpture. Neither feature is recorded in any other known view of the old Room.
1000 Years of Monarchy Embroidery.
This hand-embroidered panel by Audrey Walker was commissioned by the City of Bath on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of Edgar, 1st King of all England, which took place in Bath Abbey in 973 A.D.
Rout Benches.
The benches in the sun lounge are known as rout benches and were purchased for the Pump Room in the late 18th century. Still used today, they offered drinkers a place to rest, as for much of the 18th century seating was very limited.
Smoking Room
11 Views of Bath by James Charles Maggs (1819-1896) oil on canvas. These paintings can be viewed by prior appointment.
Opening Hours
April-September Daily 9:00-18:00 October-March Daily 9:30-17:00
Last admission 1/2 hour before closing.
On rare occasions the Pump Room may close early for a special event.
ADMISSION FREE
FACILITIES
Wheelchair access from Abbey Churchyard.
Free Spa Water for visitors with disabilities.
There is an adapted toilet which operates on the Radar Key Scheme.
A loop system for the hard of hearing is in continuous operation in the Pump Room, Drawing Room and Smoking Room.
A sign language guide is often available.
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