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Theatres in Bath

A lot of people come to this wonderful city to enjoy one of the many Spa breaks in Bath and a trip to one of the many theatres on offer here. As well as being steeped in history, this ancient city proudly boasts a wide range of shows and performances through-out the year. From Shakespeare to opera, dance and comedy, you’ll find the theatres in Bath are perfect for anyone of any age.

The Theatre Royal, Bath

Built in 1805 and found at Saw Close, this theatre is one you must take time to visit during your stay. This magnificent Georgian building is allegedly haunted and houses many different performances each year. One of England’s oldest running theatres is home to performances and classes alike. There is something for anyone of any age and booking in advance is advised. Learn about those ghostly creatures that are said to haunt the theatre and watch a West End production or two.

Please book your tickets in advance if you can, as they tend to sell out very quickly. If you want to leave it to the night you may not get the best seat available, but you’re still guaranteed a great time if you do manage to get tickets. Make your trip to Bath extra special and treat your loved one to their favourite show at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Bath Spa University Theatre

Bath Spa University Theatre is a great place to catch some wonderful performances by those who have a future in the world of theatre. With a wide range of shows taking place through-out the term, this theatre provides a good night out. If you can book a ticket or two in advance please do as some performances are high in demand. This just goes to show the ability of the performers are such that they create a demand equal those at a better known theatre. It will also give you the chance to get a glimpse of possible stars of the future and enjoy the talents they have to offer.

The Egg

The Egg is a theatre in itself but it is one that’s also part of the Theatre Royal Bath. With a whole host of performances taking place especially during school holidays, this theatre is ideal for the young. With shows and performances that are suitable for children, who says a night out at the theatre has to be boring?

You can book your tickets online if you wish (theatreroyal.org) or you can simply turn up and see what’s on offer. There is a café available for your little ones to enjoy a light lunch or a bit of a snack before or after the show. There is plenty of room for pushchairs and there’s also a play area too, which always comes in handy when you have little ones with you.

Remember: Always try to book in advance if you can as tickets may sell out quickly depending on the show. If you leave it until the last minute you may get cheaper tickets but this isn’t always guaranteed.

For the latest information on what’s on at each theatre please visit the following sites:

What’s on at The Theatre Royal, Bath >>

What’s on at The Bath Spa University Theatre >>

What’s on at The Egg >>

Places in Bath for History lovers

If you love to soak up the history of a wonderful city, you’re sure to love Bath. There is a lot on offer here as the area is steeped in remarkable and stunning history. From the Roman Baths to the Abbey you’ll find the history lover in you will be truly satisfied with one of the worlds’ most famous cities.

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths is one of those places you just have to visit as it looks almost as it did some 2,000 years ago. Bath is home to natural hot springs that also have steaming water and it was for this reason that the Romans decided to build the baths. Used as a means of socializing and bathing these baths were graced with statues and magnificent architecture. Find out how the Romans built the baths and how they directed the water from deep underground. Enjoy the audio guide that tells you all you need to know about the baths and don’t forget to explore the interactive museum.

Bath Abbey

Made with beautiful stone and amazing stained glass windows Bath Abbey is in a league of its own. Make sure you take a look at the ladders of angels and take part in one of the Tower Tours. Bath Abbey truly is a magnificent building that all history enthusiasts should visit. Make it one of your stop off points while you enjoy one of the many Spa breaks in bath. Take your time as you walk around the wonderful Abbey so you don’t miss out on anything as you step back in time.

Museum of Bath at work

The Museum of Bath at work is a delightful museum that introduces you to the working history of the city. Learn about how Bath worked in the Roman era right the way through to this very day. Take a look at the Bath stone mine that has been reconstructed, and have a look at the ironmongers shop. Suitable for all ages, you and your family will enjoy your visit to this charming museum. You’ll see a lot of history come to life in this charming museum that’s open 7 days a week apart from the month of December.

Regency Walking Tours

If you would like to take part in a tour around the city of Bath, you’ll find the Regency Walking Tours to be right up your street. You will be taken around Bath by costumed tour guides who certainly know a thing or two about the area. The great news is you can choose between varieties of tours. Lasting about two hours long, the tours take place through-out the year unless there’s any extreme weather. You can book ahead if you wish to do so, but you may instead wish to meet near the Tourist Information Office and join up with the delightful costumed tour guides there.

As you can see there is plenty on offer here in Bath, so make sure you don’t miss any of the exciting history that this city is happy to share with you.

Unusual things to do in Bath

If you like to have a bit of fun while you’re on holiday you may be interested to know there are some unusual things to do in Bath. If doing the same old thing as everyone else is not your cup of tea, Bath is the perfect place for your holiday.

Once you have booked your accommodation in Bath you should take a look at the activity suggestions below as we’re sure you’ll be more than happy to give your holiday an unusual twist.

The Balmy Kitchen

If you love to cook then you may enjoy taking part in a cookery course at a cookery school. Designed for people of all ages, the cookery courses will help to boost your confidence in the kitchen and encourage those who aren’t keen on cooking to give it a try.

Up to six people can take part at any one time and your kitchen skills are sure to benefit from one of the lessons. The courses are an ideal gift for anyone who loves to spend time creating dishes, so if you want to make your unusual holiday a special one, The Balmy Kitchen is the place to be!

At the time of writing each session costs £40 and includes wine or fruit juice along with a 3 course meal, which makes the balmy Kitchen even more of a pleasure to visit.

Razorcat tours

Why take a boring walking tour around Bath when you could take a tour in style? Razorcat tours will take you around one of Britain’s best cities on a chauffeur driven trike. A tour on a trike isn’t just unusual, it’s a lot of fun as well.

You will have the choice of a number of rides that will take you to different places around the city. The Taster Ride is ideal for those who want to take a quick trip on the trike (Lasting 20 minutes), whereas the Joy Ride lasts an hour and will show you a lot of different sights.

There’s also the Pub Lunch Tour which will not only take you around Bath but it also combines a pub meal and is ideal for those who want to celebrate a special occasion. Contact info@razorcattours.com for more information.

Bubbly

Why not experience one of Bath’s most exciting café’s? This café sells Bubble tea that originates in Taiwan and is part of the excellent menu on offer. Located in Little Southgate, you’ll find Bubble between the bus and train stations, and you’ll have the chance to enjoy a wide range of drinks starting from £2 (Correct at the time of writing).

If you want to take part in something even more unusual, stay in the café and give the digital graffiti wall a try! Open 7 days a week and catering for vegetarians and vegans this café is a bright, alive and bubbly place you won’t want to miss. With a menu suitable for all ages, stepping into Bubbly is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay in

Roman Baths

One of the most influential areas of Bath is the Roman Baths. They are the reason why the city has its name and also one of the reasons why it also happens to be one of the UK’s most famous cities.

The Baths have been a part of the city since approximately 70 AD and made use of the naturally hot spring water that gave the Romans the perfect opportunity to bath and socialise with others. Because the baths are in such a good condition they are thought to be one of the best preserved Roman structures in the UK and the rest of the world.

Hot Spring Water

Incredibly over one million litres of spring water still reaches the baths every single day, and it has been estimated to reach an impressive 46 °C. It’s no wonder the Romans loved the baths and the water that happily flowed in daily.

The spring waters are surrounded by ancient pathways that still remain intact. If you visit the Great Bath you will also have the chance to view the beautiful statues that are in surprisingly good condition considering their age.

There are other parts of the baths that you can explore such as the changing rooms, the ancient heated rooms where Romans literally sweated it out and the tepid and plunge pools. Learn how these rooms and pools played an integral part in Roman life and helped to keep the baths alive.

Don’t forget to visit the interactive museum which will help to transport you back 200 years and get a glimpse into the life of the locals.

Your Guide

If you would like to enjoy a guided tour of the baths, think about using the audio guide that’s available. The commentary that’s available in eight different languages is not to be missed and you’ll find the whole experience both entertaining and informative.

Twilight Dinner and Tour

If you would like to make your trip to the baths just that little more special then you may want to take a special tour. You can now enjoy visiting the Roman Baths when it’s lit by torchlight so you get the chance to see it in all its glory. The tour is followed by a three course dinner where you will dine at the kitchen.

This particular tour is one that you won’t want to miss and is perfect if you’re visiting the city. If you’re on one of the many Bath Spa breaks that people love to take, you’ll find this tour will add something special to your time here.

You start the tour by making use of an audio guide that allows you to walk around the baths at your leisure. There is a lot to see on the tour, so make sure you don’t rush in case you miss anything. The audio tour is then followed by a guided tour around the baths that will be torch lit and seeing the baths by torch light is very romantic. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious meal in the Roman Baths Kitchen that will finish off your tour quite nicely.

Girl’s Weekend in Bath

If you’re about to head out for a girl’s weekend in Bath, you’ll be pleased to know there is plenty for you to do.

You’ve probably decided to book one of the many Spa breaks in bath that are on offer and give yourself a break from the stress of everyday life. But, you’ve also no doubt come to the area to enjoy yourself, which makes Bath the perfect place for your girly weekend.

Here are a few ideas as to how you can spend your weekend in Bath so you get the most out of your time away:

Hare & Hounds

Why not visit the Hare & Hounds and enjoy some delicious food and stunning views? If the weather’s good, you may want to make use of the terrace so you can bask in the sunlight while you sip on your drinks. Enjoy home cooked seasonal food any time of the day and get ready to have an unforgettable night out with your friends. Just so you know food is available here from 9am, which means you can leave the trouble of cooking breakfast to someone else.

Theatre Royal Bath

Visit the Theatre Royal Bath and think about seeing one of the many performances that take place through-out the year. This allegedly haunted theatre is the perfect spot to see your favourite musical being performed, before you head on out to one of the many clubs that Bath has. Don’t forget to check the theatres website for information on the shows, and make sure you book your tickets in advance if you can.

Circo Bar & Lounge

With a unique circular bar and amazing lounge area that’s been converted from a cellar to a bar, you’re sure to love this place. Circo may just be the perfect place for your night out. Open until 3am, this bar holds up to 300 people and constantly has a relaxed vibe and feel, no matter what time of the day or night you visit.

With some of the areas hottest DJ’s performing here at the weekend, everyone is sure to enjoy their night here. Sit back and relax in the lounge and sink into the impossibly comfortable chairs that make you feel like you’re at home. Enjoy the wide range of cocktails that are on offer while you plan your weekend ahead.

Ghost Walks

If you’re the kind of person who loves to be scared out of your mind, you should think about experiencing a ghost walk. These scary but thrilling walks have taken place in Bath since 1974 and will chill you to the very bone. Meet outside the Garricks Pub (Next to the Theatre Royal) at 8pm and be prepared to be spooked. At the time of writing tickets cost £8 per adults, which needs to be paid directly to the guide.

Learn more about the spooky side of Bath than you ever thought possible, and hear how ghosts are still seen around the city even to this day.

 

 

What to See on a Tour of Bath

Bath has a lot to offer to locals and visitors alike, but because there is so much to see and do it can be hard to know where to start. This article should make life a little easier for you as it details some of the best places to see on a tour of the city.

The Roman Baths

When you come to Bath you simply cannot miss out on visiting the Roman Baths. Attracting thousands of visitors every month, the baths are incredibly beautiful. If you have come to the area to enjoy one of the many Bath Spa breaks you’ll definitely want to visit these baths as they have been around for centuries and are absolutely stunning.

Why not see the baths lit by torch light as it helps to give them a romantic feel? It also helps to you to experience the baths exactly as the Romans did 2,000 years ago. Explore the museum and delight at how the Roman’s socialized and bathed in this wonderful ancient building that looks almost as it did a so many years ago.

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House

One of the most important eateries in Bath is Sally Lunn’s historic eating house. As a Huguenot trying to escape persecution in France, a young baker found her way to England before settling in Bath in 1680. In the bakery the young lady created what is has become known through-out the world as ‘The Sally Lunn Bun’. This light sweet bun attracted visitors to the area over 300 years ago and to this day people from all over the world come to taste this remarkable sweet bread. Come and taste this bun for yourself and dine in the eating house that has an exquisite menu we think you’ll love.

The Royal Crescent

Created by John Wood the Younger, The Royal Crescent has to be seen to be believed. Used as a backdrop in films and television programmes alike, the crescent is one of Britain’s best loved landmarks. Made up of 30 houses, that look the same on the public side, the crescent sweeps elegantly ‘round and adds a touch of magic to the beautiful city of Bath.

Come and visit the crescent and bring a picnic if it’s a sunny day. Don’t forget to bring your camera as we know you’ll want a reminder of your visit.

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is an incredibly beautiful bridge and is only one of a few in the world that have been designed to house shops within the structure itself. Make your way to Parade Gardens Park and then to the crescent weir, here you will get one of the best views of this elegant bridge.  Pulteney Bridge looks absolutely stunning during the day, but at night it looks just magical, especially if it has been lit up. You can see the bridge for free and spend as much time as you like taking pictures or just marveling at the view.

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.