Take a trip a little way outside of the spa city of Bath and you will open your horizons to new adventures and fantastic attractions. Avebury is one such place and once you have been there it will leave you with great memories due to the unusual, magical and beautiful stone circle found at the heart of Avebury.
Over many years the spa city of Bath has evolved and changed to suit the needs of the residents, industrial adaptations and advances in the western world. Bath today is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern city that is proud to display the heritage and moments that have shaped the past of Bath. Many artists have captured images of Bath in paintings, photographs and sketches and these sketches are now available to order online through the Bath in Time website.
The journey from Bath to Corsham is short making it a perfect place for a day out with family or friends. Corsham over the years has been an important and prosperous town, with its roots in the wool trade and the quarrying of beautiful cream coloured stone that has been used for many of the impressive properties in nearby Bath.
Built in the 1370’s under Royal license, Nunney Castle has had a varied and sometimes turbulent history. Preserved today by English Heritage, the castle remains are a popular visitor attraction near the spa city of Bath. The Castle was built by Sir John de la Mare, a local knight who was at that time enjoying substantial Royal favour, after his involvement in the Hundred Years War. The design of the castle was much talked about at the time it was built and includes a 16 metres tall stone tower-keep and a moat surrounding the perimeter.
The Holburne Museum in Bath has been undergoing some rather large changes and is now proudly showing off its large and impressive extension, which is a complete contrast to the buildings around it. Critics reviewing this state of the art extension have declared it to be a success, bringing together modern and historical building methods and materials.
Using Bath as a base you can travel far and wide making full use of the easy road and trains links plus excellent public transport within the city. Close by is the town of Bristol which is slightly larger than Bath and also has a port, Bristol is just 13 miles south east of Bath. Park and ride systems are in place at the weekends for those wishing to visit Bristol for the day and not have to worry about getting there.
True music lovers will enjoy a trip to see the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra play. This much loved professional orchestra have regular scheduled performances held in the spa city of Bath and are not to be missed. Some of the finest musicians across the South West of England play in this orchestra and with approximately 30 concerts per year you can expect to be entertained and enthused by the sweet sound the orchestra produce.
Thomas Baldwin was one of the leading architects of Bath from 1775 until his death in 1820. Baldwin was believed to be responsible for many of the stunning Georgian buildings that are still seen in the spa city today. Palladian style was what Thomas Baldwin preferred and his own home at Great Pulteney Street was one of his own designs.
Built in 1767, The Octagon Chapel was designed by Timothy Lightholder to be a well-lit, airy and warm church. The building proved to be that and more and is today listed as a Grade II building with historical interest. Many famous people have spent time in The Octagon including Jane Austen, who is said to have reserved a pew whenever she was visiting the city of Bath. The chapel became a popular place for many of the city’s distinguished visitors and was the place to “Be seen” in the city of Bath.
The spa city of Bath has its very own brewery, specialising in quality ales made using traditional methods paired with the latest of technology. Bath Ales was established in 1995 and has flourished due to their commitment and passion for ale. With 13 different craft ales now for sale the brewery is among a handful of quality producers in the country and distributes their ales in their own public houses and via their online store.