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Things to do in Bath with the family

The American Museum

The American Museum is the ideal place to take the family. It has an incredible 120 acres of grounds and is home to a large collection of Americana, which is reportedly the finest outside of the United States. Some exhibitions are interactive which is perfect for those of you with young children who like to get involved. From colonial times right up until days before the Civil War the interactive American Heritage Exhibition should delight you all!

Found at Claverton Manor, the American Museum shouldn’t be too far from your Accommodation in Bath and it will prove to be one of the highlights of your time away. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop so you can get a souvenir or two of your day out at this wonderful museum.

Bath Tours

Beginning at the Tourist Information Centre you and your family can enjoy a delightful walking tour of Bath. Guided by a friendly resident of Bath you will see many of the city’s main attractions and learn about it during the 2 hour walk.

If you would like to book a private family tour you can do just that as it will make it more personal and ideal for children who aren’t keen on crowds. During the tour you will learn about the history of some of the most well-known places in Bath and have the chance to ask the guide as many questions as you wish.

Don’t forget to bring suitable clothes if it’s cold or raining. You may want to think about wearing flat shoes or trainers as you’ll be walking for 2 hours. If it’s a hot day make sure you bring water or juice for you and your little ones so they can enjoy the tour as much as you.

San Francisco Fudge Factory

You simply cannot come to Bath without sampling some of the delights from the San Francisco Fudge Factory. Located in the centre of Bath and found at 6 Church Street, you are certain to enjoy sampling the locally made fudge and maybe even some of the cakes that are sold here too.

If you’re in the mood for a hot drink, you may just love the free sample of homemade fudge that comes with it. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh fudge that will complement your drink nicely.

If the weather is good enough, why not sit outside and enjoy a magnificent view of Bath Abbey? If you happen to be in the area when one of your little ones has a birthday you may want to think about booking a children’s party here. Any child attending the party can create a party bag to take away, and the shop will be closed for 1 hour to let them do just that.

If the San Francisco Fudge Factory sounds like somewhere you want to take your little ones, make your way to Church Street and get ready to enjoy some delicious treats!

Jane Austen’s Connection to Bath

Thousands of people visit the ancient city of Bath every year, some come to enjoy the grand architecture, while others intend to explore the world of Jane Austen.

But what does this world-renowned classic writer have in connection with Bath, and it is really that significant?

The Connection
Between the years 1801 and 1806, Jane Austen called the city of Bath her home. The writer grew so fond of the ancient city that it found its way into two of her published Novels. ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ are both partly set in Bath, and the passion she had for the city is reflected in these novels.

If you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Bath, and you wish to retrace Austen’s steps, you’ll be pleased to know there is plenty opportunity for you to do just that. The city has a lot to offer to any Austen fan, in fact, it has so much to offer you may just wonder where to begin.

Why not book a room in a B and B in Bath so you have somewhere to rest your weary head after a long day exploring, and dream of a living in the city when Austen called it home?

The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre is a delightful museum that is crammed full of exhibits that are sure to please any Austen fan. The permanent exhibition which can be found at 40 Gay Street thoroughly explores the influence this city had on one of the worlds’ most famous writers.

Gay Street in Bath

Gay Street in Bath

Gay Street was in fact home to Jane Austen for a few months, and she had the pleasure of residing at number 25. This house can be found a little higher up the hill and on the same side of the road as the Jane Austen Centre, and looks almost as it did in Austen’s day. Did you know Gay Street is in fact mentioned in ‘Persuasion’?

“The Crofts had placed themselves in lodgings in Gay Street, perfectly to Sir Walter’s satisfaction”.

This passage shows Austen’s love for Bath, and indeed the street where she resided for a short time.

The Regency Tea Room
The Regency Tea Room is a delightful little café that gives you the perfect opportunity to rest awhile and enjoy delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea after your visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Located within the centre itself, this tea room provides the perfect end to your experience, and offers you the opportunity to dine in style as Austen once did.

The Jane Austen Festival
Held in Bath every year, the wonderful Jane Austen festival is a real tribute to their favourite author.
Beginning with a promenade, and featuring hundreds of people adorned in regency costumes, this world famous festival is not to be missed. With dramatic and musical performances taking place throughout the festival, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of Austen, and all that it has to offer.

With the opportunity to enjoy a masked ball, to dine in exquisite cafés and restaurants that offer you a sample of food Austen may have eaten. The festival is the perfect way to celebrate this ladies’ work and achievements.

Why not come along and explore Bath first hand and stay with us?

On A Spa Break, Visit The Roman Baths

A Brief History of The Roman Baths
A spa break in Bath is truly incomplete without a trip to the Roman Baths. Although you won’t be allowed to bathe there-the place for soaking up the mineral rich waters is at the Thermae Spa. But, you will be able to see the ruins up-close during your walk-through excursion. The Roman Baths are a sacred Roman site that has been unbelievably well maintained for public viewing and tours.

The Natural Hot Waters
When the waters were first discovered, the ancients were perplexed, and unable to understand how this hot water could possibly materialize from the ground in seemingly endless supply. So they, of course, attributed the bubbling thermal waters to wizardry of the gods.

What really happens is this: Rainwater falling in the Mendip Hills collects and trickles down through limestone rock and other rocky materials to depths of up to 2 1/2 miles, where energy from the earth’s core heats the waters and creates pressure, pushing the water to the surface. On a daily basis, over one million liters of the heated water then rises at about 46 degrees Celsius (144 degrees Fahrenheit) up to an area that forms the springs.

Legend Has It…Miracle Waters
Around 863 BC, Prince Bladud, suffering from leprosy, noticed that pigs who wallowed in the spring waters and surrounding mud were cured of their skin ailments, so he began wallowing in the mud. Lo and behold, the natural hot spring waters cured his disease. The spring that supplies the site of the Roman Bath is called King’s Spring, after Bladud, who was later crowned the ninth King of the Briton’s.

Two additional springs run below the city; the Cross and the Hetling Springs. These springs supply the fantastic new Thermae Bath Spa, where you can indulge in a variety of spa treatments, or just take a soak in the restorative waters.

The Celts and The Romans
The Celts were the first to build a shrine to their goddess Sulis. In approximately AD 43, the Romans built Aquae Sulis, in reverence to their goddess, Minerva and in recognition of the Celt’s Sulis.

During that time, most Roman settlements were garrisons, but Aquae Sulis was quite different. It was deemed a place for rest and relaxation. Construction of this elaborate sanctuary continued for over 300 years, and included lead piping and sophisticated heating sources that still stand today. The baths became not only a place for hygiene, but more of a social scene. The baths were operated by the government and were affordable to the affluent as well as the working class. The Roman Baths were operated here until the Romans withdrew in 410 AD. After that the buildings fell into a state of disrepair.

Restoration of the Roman Baths
Several modifications have been made to the baths; in the 12th, 16th and 18th centuries. The King’s spring is now in an 18th century building, designed by John the Elder, who also designed The Circus.

6 Unusual Things To Do In Bath

When looking for bed and breakfast in Bath, you will no doubt want to consider staying in the heart of this World Heritage City. You’ll find a number of quality accommodations, including The Royal Hotel, which is conveniently only a few yards from the town centre, and is within walking distance of several shops, the Roman Baths, and the Abbey.

Once you have your accommodation in Bath taken care of, it’s time to take in some of the sites! For this trip, why not do something a little different, maybe even unusual?

Trike Tour from Razorcat Tours
Take a tour of Bath or the beautiful country side on a motorcycle trike with Razorcat Tours. Your trike chauffeur will pick you up right outside your hotel! Take in all the sites in Bath like The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Lookout Point. This is truly a unique and exciting way to see the city and soak up all the grandeur of the parks and fascinating Georgian architecture.

Sally Lunn’s Museum
Near the Bath Abbey, this little place has two claims to fame. First, it is the home of the world famous Sally Lunn’s bun, a tasty little morsel that is not to be missed (be sure to get some to go). Secondly, the building is believed to be the oldest house in Bath. Inside Sally Lunn’s you can delight in tea and a bun in the Jane Austen Room. (Jane was a big fan!)

The Jane Austen Centre
Right in the heart of the city, between Queen Square and The Circus is the Jane Austen Centre. You are greeted here by staff members who don costumes from the Regency period and share their extensive knowledge about Jane Austen and the time she spent here in Bath between 1801 and 1806. Take a walking tour with one of the experienced guides, and you’ll see places Jane mentioned not only in her letters, but also in her novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Stonehenge
This unbelievable site draws people from all over the world and is simply a site that must be seen. Some of the 3000 year old volcanic bluestones that form the inner rings of this anomaly were moved here from Wales-over 160 miles away! This is another World Heritage site and it’s less than an hour away from Bath.

Moles Club
Ready for some live music? Moles Club is one of the finest live music venues in the UK. Some of the best rockers in the world hit the stage here early in their careers. Bands like the Eurythmics, The Cure, Mumford and Sons and Radiohead have all played here.

Hot Air Balloon Flight
Breathtaking might be the only word to adequately describe the view of this historic city from high above in a hot air balloon. The balloon tours last 3-4 hours, during which you will not only see the city and the fabulous country side, but you’ll also learn something about ballooning. This is truly an experience of a lifetime.

Find Accommodation In Bath Close to Sites and Eats

Whether you are looking for spa break accommodation in Bath or accommodation for business travel, you’ll no doubt want to take in the sites of this historic city while you’re here. Some of the most popular tourist spots include the Roman Baths and The Bath Abbey, which are within walking distance of the centre of the city.

The Royal Bath Hotel is privately owned and operated and is conveniently located across from the Bath Spa Station. The building on Manvers Street was designed by famed engineer and designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and first opened as a hotel in 1846. The Royal also has two relaxed bars and a fabulous restaurant. Because of its prime location, most of Bath’s historical gems and landmarks are within a 3 minute walk of the hotel. Let’s take a look at few:

The Theatre Royal

Built in 1805, The Theater Royal is one of the oldest working theaters in Britain. The main auditorium is a Grade II listed building and is an example of Georgian architecture at its finest. In 1997 the Ustinov Studio, was built (named after Sir Peter Ustinov) and is often the venue for stand-up comedy, classical concerts, and in-house productions. A third theatre was opened in 2005, a children’s theatre called “the egg”.

Bath Abbey

Rich in history tracing back to the Anglo-Saxon era, the Bath Abbey has endured through major conflicts, two world wars, and religious reform. Today it is still an important place of worship and a major attraction for visitors to the city.

On a tour of the Abbey, you can climb up high and sit behind the clock face, see a spectacular view of the countryside from the roof-top, or simply sit quietly and marvel at the intricate stained glass, high arches and splendor of this majestic building.

Wining and Dining

With all that site-seeing, you must have worked up quite a hunger! Bath has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Here are a few highlights:

Alfresco Dining: A fantastic way to enjoy a delicious meal whilst still basking in the local ambiance. Dine from the rooftop terrace at Hall & Woodhouse, take in the views from the garden at the Hare & Hounds, or do a little people-watching from the Roman Baths Kitchen.

Independent / Local: Brasserie Brunel offers primarily locally sourced foods prepared fresh by top-notch cooks, and they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Possibly the best steak you’ve ever eaten! Circus Cafe and Restaurant – Here, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere, located right between The Circus and The Royal Crescent in city centre. John Rennie Restaurant Boat – This unique restaurant is available by appointment only and is for private parties of 20-50 guests. And finally, for a friendly neighborhood pub, stop by The Bear. It’s just a five minute walk from the centre of the city and has a restaurant, courtyard garden and a bar area.

5 Must See Sites On A Tour of Bath

What To See On A Tour of Bath
Should you have an opportunity to take a tour of Bath, you’ll be delighted at all this city has to offer. In Bath there are so many fascinating adventures, you’ll just have to decide on where to start. You can relax on a spa break, visit diverse museums, or marvel at the grand historic architecture. If you’d like, you can even take a trip back in time and walk in the same steps as Roman soldiers or British Kings. For something livelier, you could take in a live concert, see a comedy act at the theater, or get the best view of the city from high above in a hot air balloon.

To help you plan your tour of Bath, here are just a few must-see attractions:

The Roman Baths
Take a walk-through tour of this ancient site and see up-close where the natural hot waters still flow. The warm and mineral-rich springs were first popularized in 863 BC by British King Bladud. Legend has it that the healing waters in the springs cured his leprosy, and he founded the City of Bath as a tribute.

Later, when the Roman Empire occupied Britain, a temple was built over the spa waters and it became a grand Roman Bath House. The Roman Bath House was used as a place of rest and relaxation for Roman soldiers and soon became Europe’s leading health resort in the18th and 19th centuries.

Thermae Bath Spa
No tour of Bath is complete without the experience of soaking in Britain’s only natural thermal waters. You can select from a variety of spa treatments specifically designed to relax the body and soothe the mind. You can choose a full day spa break in Bath, or even enjoy a 2 or 4 hour session. You won’t want to miss the spectacular view of the country side from atop the Open-air Rooftop Pool.

Cheddar Gorge
Rising 450 feet, Britain’s largest gorge is a spectacular site to behold. You can traverse to the top for a panoramic view from Lookout Tower where you can see miles of country side. If you fancy yourself as a cave dweller, take a tour through Cox’s Cave and into the Crystal Quest where you will marvel at the natural mirror pools and calcite structures underground.

The Circus
Construction of the Circus in Bath took 14 years to complete. And in 1768, this novel design of architecture prompted plenty of commentary. John Wood the Elder took his inspiration from the Colosseum in Rome, and thought his design “theatrical”. When viewed from the air, it forms what is thought to be a Masonic symbol.

Pulteney Bridge
Known as one of the most romantic bridges in the world, Pulteney Bridge is definitely one of the most beautiful. The bridge crosses the River Avon and is only one of four bridges world-wide that has shops built along both sides. The film version of Les Misérables features this wonderful landmark.

Spa Break? Visit Bath Thermae Spa

Although the Celts found it first, the Romans brought life to the baths in the UK. People have been coming to Bath in Somerset for thousands of years to dip into the naturally warm spring waters. From the Celts to the Romans, through the Georgian period and up to now, people have been flocking to this beautiful city to indulge in the waters. That is, until the 1970’s, when the springs were closed to bathers for sake of caution, as there were safety concerns. The new baths opened in 2006 and have been the spa break haven ever since.

Bath Thermae Spa is Britain’s one and only natural thermal spa. The waters are pristine, warm, crystal clear, and contain over 40 minerals, thought to be incredibly therapeutic. You’ll marvel at the unique blend of the “old” historic spa buildings combined with the “new” contemporary design of the New Royal Bath. There are no memberships, you need only purchase a 2-hour, 4-hour, or day-long spa session.

When you enter the spa, you’ll get a wristband that allows access to all parts of the new facility. The band acts as a key, to access to your personal locker, and the “smart” wristband enables you to make purchases at the in-house restaurant. No need to carry keys or money!

On the ground floor is the indoor Minerva Bath. The round shape and the colorful lighting set the tone for a relaxing afternoon. The warm waters in the Minerva Bath are accentuated by a whirlpool and revitalizing massage jets. A steam room is available with four separate “steam pods” that are infused with varied aromatic scents. You can also take refreshing waterfall shower.

There may be nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than soaking in the heated waters from the open-air rooftop pool. Day or night, you can immerse yourself while taking in the beautiful skyline of the city. From the pool you can see Bath Abbey and listen to the tolling of the bells.

With 42 different spa treatments available to choose from, the Bath Thermae Spa is the place for the quintessential spa break. You could opt for a gentle hot stone treatment, a relaxing bamboo massage, or an aromatherapy hot oil massage. The signature treatment at Thermae is the Watsu. This treatment in the historic Hot Bath, you will float in the mineral rich waters, while your muscles are being gently stretched, guided and massaged by highly a skilled therapist.

In a separate building, just across the street, is the Cross Bath. The Cross has its own changing rooms and its own open-air thermal bath fed by an independent spring. The pool can be used for quick visits or as a unique venue for you and up to 12 friends for a private bath.

Many B and B’s in Bath offer unique spa break packages with the Thermae Spa. Some include champagne, tours of the Roman Bath Museum, and the Pump Room.

Treat mum this Mother’s Day with a Bath Cake Company workshop

If you’re planning a Mother’s Day break in Bath this March and you’d like to surprise mum with something different then how about a Bath Cake Company workshop? The workshops are a fun way to learn new skills, and you’ll have something to show for your efforts at the end of the class. They’re a great way to spend time doing something unique with mum, and there’s a special mother and daughter cupcake workshop on 30th March.
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