Bath is a fabulous city with something for everyone. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath boasts stunning Georgian architecture, Bath Abbey and the Pump Rooms to name but a few. Alongside these you will find stunning shops and endless cafes, restaurants and nightlife. The Thermae Bath Spa offers a unique opportunity to bathe in naturally hot water and there are wonderful festivals and events throughout the year.
Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS
The Royal Crescent is without doubt one of Bath’s most well known and recognised landmarks. It was designed by John Wood (the Younger) was built between 1767 and 1775. The 30 houses in the crescent are all Grade 1 listed and No 1 is open as a Museum of Georgian life. In the middle of the crescent is the very splendid and luxurious The Royal Crescent hotel. The rest are all privately owned and offer a very prestigious address.
Roman Baths, The Pump Room, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ
Bath was built upon natural hot springs and the Roman Baths were built in approximately 70 AD as a communal bathing and socialising centre. The Romans believed in the steaming waters were from the Gods and had healing powers.
Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.
There is the opportunity to visit the Great Bath and walk among extensive ruins. A recently enhanced interactive museum is now open to the public and offers a glimpse into the lives of the Aquae Sulis people
Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH
A museum with everything from the gowns worn by Jane Austen and her friends through to modern classics. A wonderful way to spend a few hours with dressing up boxes (more great photo opportunities) and remembering clothes your parents wore!
Housed in the Assembly Rooms – a group of rooms where people used to gather to socialise, play cards, dance etc. Still used today as a venue to major events and ceremonies.
The Circus, Bath.
This consists of three curved segments of Grade 1 Georgian townhouses that come together to form a circular shape and was designed by John Wood the Elder. However it was his son that completed the build of the Circus in 1768.
If you study the stonework you will notice that it is adorned with many emblems such as acorns and what many believe to be masonic symbols.
In the centre is grassed area with magnificent trees – a great photo opportunity.
Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath, BA2 4DB
At the top of Great Pulteney Street, The Holburn Museum was originally designed as a hotel but now houses beautiful art collections. The Grade 1 listed grand building is surrounded by gardens and park land offers something for all the family.
Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, BATH, BA1 1SJ
Thermae Bath Spa is an award-winning Natural Spa where you can now bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters. Not only is there the indoor Minerva Bath but also the open-air rooftop pool – perfect views as you relax in the warm waters. There is also a Wellness Suite offering a range of treatments. The Cross Bath is accessed separately and has a smaller open air thermal bath and can be booked exclusively.
Bridge Street, Bath, Avon, BA2 4AT
Pulteney Bridge is truly stunning – a bridge with shops built into it much like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. It overlooks the crescent weir and is best seen from the river path next to the Rugby ground or from Parade Gardens.
A magnificent building in the centre of the city with the iconic tower that you can climb for spectacular city views. Well worth a visit the stained glass windows and stunning Bath stone create an entrancing place of Christian worship.
Outside the West Doors of the Abbey visitors can note the ladder of Angels – with some Angels ascending and others descending.
The Tower Tours (every day except Sunday) offer the chance to go behind the scenes, sit behind the clock face and stand on top of the vaulted ceiling and see the Abbey below.
The Abbey invites a donation in lieu of an admission fee.
40 Gay Street, Queen Square, BATH, Bath, BA1 2NT
Enter into the world of Jane Austen at this wonderful centre and see for yourself what it was like to live in Regency times. Based in a Georgian town house you will be given an introduction and then time to wonder around the exhibition in your own time. There are more photo opportunities with Regency costumes to try on!
There is also the Regency themed Tea Rooms which offer a lovely treat in a unique setting.
Bath is also in easy reach to Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park. There are many fabulous National Trust properties and walks very close by, as well as the stunning village of Lacock, often seen in period dramas.
For more information and bookings visit www.visitbath.co.uk.
2018 Events in Bath
The city that never sleeps – there is always something exciting happening in Bath from festivals to the Christmas Market or Jane Austen Festival – there is plenty to keep you occupied!
Here is a summary of some up and coming events:
Minervas Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail 25 June – 10 Sept.
For trail maps visit: Waterstones, Bath Visitor Centre, bath Aqua Glass or the website www.minervasowls.org
Jane Austen Festival 14th-23rd September 2018
Bath Children’s Literature Festival – Friday 28th September – Sunday 7th October 2018.
An exciting event attracting notable authors, storytellers, illustrators, dancers and celebrities to the city to host events for this festival, including Philip Pullman, David Walliams, Tom Fletcher and Cressida Cowell. Events take place across the city and there is truly something for everyone.
Bath Christmas Market Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 9th December 2018
A truly magical festive experience