Discover the stories of Combe Down Stone, the material from which the Georgian City of Bath was built and Ralph Allen, the man behind the enterprise. Both are brought to life in the Museum of Bath Stone, a dedicated museum and vibrant community hub on the site where it all began.
The Museum of Bath Stone was set up to complete the legacy of the Combe Down Stone Mines Stabilisation Project and ensure that the history of Combe Down stone and its role in the building of the World Heritage City of Bath with its magnificent Georgian architecture is fully presented.
Our main missions fall into three sections:
Combe Down’s stone quarrying heritage lives on at The Museum of Bath Stone. It is illustrated with lively digital presentations, tools and other artefacts retrieved from the mines. We want everyone to know about Combe Down’s unique place in building our World Heritage City and about the people who made it happen.
Inspirational educational material continues to be developed by The Museum of Bath Stone. Teachers, students and other specialists in fields such as transport, engineering and conservation also add to it so that we can make the history and heritage of Combe Down and its stone accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of education.
The Museum of Bath Stone offers a beautiful space well equipped for individual and group study as well as being suited to exhibitions, meetings, classes and film shows. It is also a great space for local residents and others to use for other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupations.
The Museum of Bath Stone is accessible by wheelchair users and has a disabled person’s toilet.
We are open, at present, on Sunday and Monday (including Bank Holiday Mondays) between 10.00 and 16.00.
You may also make a visit by appointment. To do so, telephone +44 (0) 1 225 837 439 and, if necessary, please leave a message or use our contact form.
Entry to the museum is free. A small number of books and pamphlets are available for sale. Refreshments are available at local pubs and an award-winning deli/cafe.