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Popular Festivals of Bath

If you’re a lover of festivals, then Bath has something for you. There are many festivals taking place through-out the year, and there really is something for everyones taste. If there’s a festival you want to be a part of or visit, make sure you book your Accommodation in Bath well in advance. If there’s a major festival taking place in the city rooms can fill up fast! Find out when the festivals are, and book your room as soon as you can.
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Bath Abbey

For those of you who love amazing architecture and a good bit of culture, you’ll find Bath Abbey a wonderful place to visit. With its honey like gold stone and amazing stained windows the Abbey is a must-visit place for just about anyone.

Interestingly there have been three churches on the site of the Abbey but in 1499 the current Abbey was founded and it still stands proud today. With its host of angels that are said to be ascending and descending, the West front is magnificent and is a great welcome to all who visit the Abbey.

1864 to 1874

In 1864 to 1874 Sir George Gilbert Scott transformed the interior of the abbey so it was more to his taste. Visitors to the Abbey can wonder at the Victorian Gothic architecture in all its glory and learn how different the interior looks compared to when the Abbey was first built. Fans of architecture will come across many different styles through-out the Abbey and it’s perhaps something which makes this wonderful building as unique and special as it is.

But, you don’t have to just take a stroll around the Abbey and grounds hoping to learn about its history, you can in fact take part in a tour.

Tour Bath Abbey

More and more people are now deciding to take part in one of the tours available. Granted there is a fee, but it’s well worth it as you’ll get to see sights you would have missed otherwise. Get a behind the scenes with a tour and spend just under one hour seeing the Abbey from a whole new perspective.

If you happened to be on one of the many Spa breaks in bathyou’ll no doubt want to make the most of your time here. This is where one of the Abbey tours will make your trip a little more special. Climb the 212 steps to the tower and enjoy the wonderful view from the very top. Don’t worry, you will have a chance to rest on your climb up!

Once you have reached the top of the tower you will have some truly magnificent views that not everyone has the sheer pleasure of seeing. If you want to make your tour a little more special, you might want to think about booking a Romantic Tour with your other half. Here you will have your very own tour guide who will talk you through the wonderful and exciting history and you’ll even have the pleasure of a glass of bubbly each too.

Please note: Tour numbers may be limited, and there will be a charge for each tour.

Events and Services

Through-out the year services, exhibitions and many other events take place in the Abbey and its grounds. This helps to keep Bath Abbey alive and in touch with the local community. Each of these events help to secure the future of one of Britain’s best loved Abbey’s and preserves it for the enjoyment of future generations and visitors from all over the globe.

Beautiful Parks of Bath

Walking around a beautiful park is something we all love to do from time to time. If you happen to be staying in Bath you’ll be able to make use of the many parks that can be found through-out the city. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, each of these parks will prove to be stunning and well worth the visit.

Royal Victoria Park

Sprawling over an incredible 57 acres, Royal Victoria Park is not to be missed. A part of this city since 1829 and named after Princess Victoria in 1830 this park really does have something for everyone. Once you have booked your Accommodation in Bathit will be time to start planning your trip here, and it must include this wonderful park. If you love peace and tranquillity this park is for you, but if you love the hustle and bustle of park life then you’re sure to love it here too. Feed the ducks, take a trip on the boating lake or visit the aviary.

It’s easy to please the young ones in Royal Victoria Park as there are a range of play areas suitable for children of all ages. What’s more is if you have a budding skateboard pro in your midst he or she will love the skateboard area and perhaps learn a few tricks while they’re here. If you want to explore all that this park has to offer, you may want to take two days out of your schedule as there is a lot on offer here.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

This park/garden is absolutely stunning and will be enjoyed by everyone. With incredible views over the wonderful city of Bath, you will have the chance to explore all that this park has to offer. As well as walking around the amazing gardens you can enjoy a stroll on the wood or even take a look at the local wildlife. There is an admission charge but the stunning views of the city and the quiet and peaceful garden will make it all very worthwhile. Make sure you bring your camera so you can have a reminder of your time in this wonderful park.

Henrietta Park

Henrietta Park is a much smaller park but it’s a tranquil one that will help you to get away from the bustle of busy city life. Spanning 7 acres this garden was opened in 1897 and has become much more than just another park. With a sensory garden anyone can enjoy the sweet smell of a wide range of flowers and shrubs. What’s more is The Garden for the Blind is not to be missed. It you want tranquillity and the chance to marvel at a wide range of roses, Wisteria and so much more, Henrietta Park is the place for you. Found at Henrietta Street, you can enjoy a calm stroll around these peaceful grounds that will wash your cares away.

Don’t forget to take a picnic with you!

 

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.

 

 

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?

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.

Pick up a bargain at the Antiques and Collectors Fair this March

The Royal Bath & West Showground will play host to the Antiques and Collectors Fair on 15 – 17 March. The fair is always great fun and a must for anyone with an interest in antiques and collectable items. The showground includes more than 500 stands showcasing all kinds of items both undercover and in the outside areas. There’s something to tempt every visitor, no matter what their taste or budget, and everyone’s welcome.
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Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! The Bath Literature Festival presents Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey with the Countess of Carnarvon on 6th March. The truth can often be even more exciting than fiction, and the unique chance to hear the tale of how Lady Catherine took on the running of the real Downton Abbey at the age of just 18 is one fans of the show won’t want to miss.
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