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Beat the January Blues in Bath!

All the excitement of Christmas is over…the last of the turkey has been eaten…those New Year resolutions are tentatively being planned out; what a perfect time in what can be a dull, quiet and cold month to come to beautiful Bath and enjoy a lovely Spa Break and all the events that are on during January.

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There is plenty to do in Bath during the month of January. The Ice Skating Rink in Royal Victoria Park finishes on the 4th January so you could get some last minute practice in. From the 3rd to 10th, there will be the fantastic free, Festival of Light – Illuminate 2015, throughout the city. Now in its fourth year and organised by Bath Spa University, this collaboration of local and international artists bathe the city in wonderful light installations in unusual and unexpected public spaces, making a walk around the city an adventure to find these wonderful pieces of art.

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If you want to be in the warm and keep everyone entertained, then the Theatre Royal Bath’s annual pantomime runs until January 11th. It’s that classic tale of Cinderella, with CBBC’s Tracy Beaker (aka Dani Harmer) in the feature role, and Gavin & Stacey’s, Gwen (Melanie Waters) as the magical Fairy Godmother. Full of fun, laughs and magical moments, this pantomime is not just for the kids!

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There are plenty of exhibitions running in all the museums and galleries in Bath to delight and entertain during January too. One particular interesting exhibition that begins on 17th January and runs until 1st March, is Jeremy Gardiner’s installation at the Victoria Art Gallery entitled “Jurassic Coast”. Cleverly linking two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Bath and the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon, Jeremy’s work involves him building up layers of paint into collage and sanding it down to create fascinating textures and effects. The exhibition includes fossils and a 3D model of the coastline, plus a film. Cost is £3.50 for the exhibition, the rest of Victoria Art Gallery is free.

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To tie in with the recent release of the biopic film about J.M.W. Turner, “Mr Turner”, starring Timothy Spall, get your fill of those swirling landscapes and big skies and head to the fantastic Holburne Museum. From the 10th January to 8th March 2015 there is an exhibition of eight of Turner’s work including those painted during his time in Bristol between 1791 and 1793. Entitled “Turner: Watercolours from the West – An Intimate Touring Show” this is a FREE exhibition and should not be missed.

Of course, while you’re visiting Bath, why not enjoy not just a taste of the famous waters in the Pump Room near the Abbey, but immerse yourself in it’s warm waters and have a relaxing few hours, half or full day experience in Britain’s only naturally heated spring, the Thermae Bath Spa, in the centre of the city. After all that indulgence of Christmas and New Year a Spa Break would be the perfect treat, and our Spa Breaks offer all that luxury without breaking the bank.

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We offer two options for great value indulgence – the Classic and the All Inclusive Package here at The Royal Hotel. Your Classic Spa Break involves two nights accommodation in one of our comfortable en-suite bedrooms with complimentary toiletries and room tray that includes tea, coffee, mineral water and biscuits. A full English breakfast every day (or “healthy choice” breakfast). One two hour visit to Britain’s only natural hot spring, the £40 million Thermae Bath Spa, with a complimentary robe, slippers and towel provided by the Spa. Plus, a glass of delicious and refreshing Tattinger Champagne to enjoy after your spa visit, along with a complimentary cream tea.

Our All Inclusive Package includes all of the Classic Break, but with an excellent 3 course dinner to enjoy each night from our wide and varied menu in the Parisian style Brasserie Brunel also included. The Classic Option is from £159.00 per person, the All Inclusive Option from only £189.00 per person (all prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double bedded room). Supplements for upgrade to Superior or Four Poster Rooms. For information about single person options, or to book, please call us on 01225 463134.

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Everyone deserves a little pampering in those cold winter days of January, and with plenty of things on during the month, and with such great value prices, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Christmas Shopping in Bath – Part Two

We hope you enjoyed reading the first part of our Blog piece about alternate festive shopping in Bath during and after the Christmas Market. Now, here’s Part Two for you all; so put up your feet, have a munch on a mince pie and start planning your trip to The Royal and shopping in Bath!

Food & Drink Gifts

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Bath has a plethora of great places to not only sit and enjoy lovely local food, but also to take-away. Again, we can’t name them all, but here are a few to whet the appetites, perfect to pick up a gift from; and you may find more on your stroll around.

* Charlotte Brunswick - Handmade chocolates in the heart of Bath. Having worked with an historian to create these yummy products around local stories, your box of goodies includes cards with the history written on them. Enjoy the experience of selecting your own tempting carton of treats from the piles of milk, white and dark delights piled up around you in this lovely shop. [3 Church Street, Abbey Green]

* Independent Spirit of Bath – The two witty chaps who run this great off licence offer more than just your average bottle of plonk and can of low grade lager. You come to Independent Spirit for expert advice on spirits, whiskies, fine wines, champagnes and a fantastic selection of world and craft beers. With tasting evenings ever popular, and the guys happy to try and source customers requests, shopping for alcohol got a whole lot more pleasurable! Found opposite the Parade Gardens and Bog Island. [7, Terrace Walk]

* Gillards of Bath – Established in 1886, this lovely stall inside the Guildhall Market, is the place to go for your tea and coffee requirements. Still blending teas and roasting  coffee beans for the aficionados delight, you can also pick up a infuser or grinder as well. [Guildhall Market]

* The Fine Cheese Company – Established in Bath for twenty years this mecca for cheese lovers is one to delight all the senses! Specialising in British cheeses, there are also artisan cheeses sourced from Europe; plus a wide range of biscuits, jellies, jams and other accoutrements all to add to your cheeseboard. Planning a wedding? Then try a cheese wedding cake as something a bit different! Next door there is also a popular cafe where they sell sandwiches, salads, quiches and cakes to eat in or take away. [29 & 31 Walcot Street]

* San Francisco Fudge – For all you sweet toothed fudge lovers out there you will love this great shop near the Abbey Courtyard. All handmade in Bath, the owner is an American lady who ran a fudge stall in San Francisco, but since opening her shop here in Bath in 1995, her fudge is enjoyed by people from all around the world, and shipped around it too! Children’s parties and wedding favours are catered for, and what’s best of all is there are no artificial ingredients. Most of the fudge is also suitable for vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances (always check beforehand). [6 Church Street]

Sport Lovers

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After indulging in all that lovely food and drink, New Year is usually when new intentions are started and the trainers are donned; however there are plenty of you out there who enjoy sport (both watching and partaking) all year round. Bath is the home not only to Bath Rugby and Bath City FC but also has it’s own Racecourse out at Lansdown and a West of England Premier League Cricket Team. There are lots of local sporting groups throughout the city, plus we’re lucky enough to host and train many of the past, present and future Olympic and Paralympic athletes who train as part of Team Bath at the University of Bath. You can find Bath Rugby’s Official shop just along Pultney Street opposite the entrance steps down to The Rec. Here’s a couple more independent shops that may be able to cater for the sporting types whom you have to buy a gift for this Christmas.

* Running Bath – Don’t be too surprised on your walk around Bath if you’ll suddenly see a suited office worker pound up and down The Corridor shopping arcade in Bath with a pair of bright trainers on their feet being watched closely by one of the team at this expert running shop, for this is all part of the service here at these trainer specialists. They make sure that the footwear you choose isn’t based on the name, but on the suitability for your shape of foot and running gait. Great for the first time runner or the ironman triathlete. Sell accessories and clothing too. [ 19 High Street]

* John’s Bikes – Bath’s oldest bike shop, John’s Bikes has been a well loved shop on Walcot Street for 36 years. Offering expert advice and tips as well as servicing and repairs, it’s a great place to go to catch up on the latest cycling news and events in and around Bath too. Of course they sell bicycles here too and they’ve got all makes and models for all budgets, from commuting to competing, from children to adults. [82-84 Walcot Street]

Unique Gifts

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* Vintage & Rare Guitars – Established in 1982, this fantastic shop is hidden down the cobbled streets of Queen Street. Selling investment pieces to gigging guitars these guys know their Fender’s from their Gibson’s. Amps and other accessories sold too; plus they also buy Guitars if you dare part with your old one. With 20 different brands from the past 60 years this is Guitar heaven and what makes it even more special is you can “try before you buy”; often the sound of a potential rock god can be heard echoing around the streets. Bliss for the budding Hendrix in your life. [11 Queen Street]

* Frederick Tranter – Now known under the “Havana House” brand name, this tobacconist and cigar specialist has been established in Bath since 1898. Although smoking is no longer as accepted as it once was, for those of you who still enjoy, this little shop is a blast from the past. You can purchase cigars, blended tobacco, pipes and other smoking paraphernalia in here; plus 30 flavours of snuff, and shaving accessories.[5 Church Street, Abbey Green]

* Ora et Labora – This shop lies within what were once Bath Abbey’s Cloisters and sells unique gifts made by monastic communities from around the world. From Trappist beers, cheese and leather goods to toiletries, scarfs and ceramics you’ll be surprised and delighted by the artisan products that monasteries are still producing today. The shop also sells the unique Bath Medieval Pudding, based on an original recipe found in Bath Archives dating to 1430. You can taste more of history here with regular sampling evenings and dinners, plus there is a small museum downstairs. [3 Church Street, Abbey Green]

* Bath Stamp & Coin Shop – This little shop does exactly what it says in its name and has done so since 1958 in Bath. This family run business not only buys and sells coins and stamps but also military medals; plus free valuations are available when the shop isn’t too busy. A philatelists paradise, it brings back childhood memories for many, and continues to delight every age. [12 Pultney Bridge]

 

Christmas Shopping in Bath – Part One

With the Bath Christmas Market in full swing, we thought we’d also add to your shopping foot-miles by suggesting some great independent traders to visit while you’re staying in the city. The Market is a mecca for local businesses but we’d hope that you’d take some time out to explore a bit more of the city on foot and perhaps one of these shops you will stumble across may tempt you too. We’ve split our post into two parts. The second which will be online later this week will feature Food & Drink, ideas for the Sports Lover in your life and a list of some unique gifts you can find in the city.

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Clothing & Accessories

Bath is so lucky to have many independent retailers within the City, plus lots of great charity and vintage shops too. These will require a separate post another time; but here are a choice few for your Christmas delights.

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* Liz Cox – Since 1995, Liz Cox has been selling her 100% Made in England bespoke leather handbags here in Bath. All produced locally you can even create your very own customised bag to suit your style (or even your car or dress, whatever takes your fancy!). Men aren’t left out either with their own range of bags and accessories as well. With the monogram currently fashionable on the catwalk, you can make sure your clutch or satchel is initialed too. Head up towards The Royal Crescent and this hidden shopping street of other great independents is found between the Crescent and The Circus. [17 Margaret Buildings]

* Grace & Ted – We all love a bargain and this mother and daughter run boutique is an Aladdin’s den of designer resale clothes, shoes and accessories for both men and women. The fashionable set of Bath come here to sell on their last season wardrobe as well as pick up a Prada or Hermes classic. They also create bespoke hats and fascinators here too. Found in the 18th Century delight of Kingsmead Square there are plenty of great cafes and restaurants around here in which to rest your weary legs. [10 Kingsmead Square]

* The British Hatter – A really unique find, you can almost walk past this shop without realising. It feels like a step back in time when you go in, but The British Hatter still creates and sells headwear to the gentlemen and ladies of Bath of styles both contemporary and traditional. Perfect for that hat for races, weddings or garden parties. [9-11 Walcot Street]

* Alexandra May & Not Cartier  – There are many wonderful designers and both small and big shops in Bath that deserve mention; but I will mention in this blog two businesses who bring out the magpie in most people. Alexandra May can be found on the walk up to The Royal Crescent from The Circus; a fabulous shop crammed with jewellery, beads, gifts and curios that will be perfect this Christmastime for stocking fillers. Not Cartier is based inside the Guildhall, and sells everything from early plastics to 80s cast offs and everything diamante in between. Great to pick up that princess tiara, but it’s the earrings and necklaces that truly dazzle here. Clip on Earrings also are a great find for those with un-pierced ears.

Books & Maps

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If you’re a Bibliophile then you’ll love spending hours in these wonderful shops getting lost amongst the tomes.

* George Bayntun – Antique Books & Bindery. Dates to 1894. Located just next door to us on Manvers Street. [5 Manvers Street]

* Topping & Co. – Lots of collectible books and very popular talks by authors. To be found just at the top of Broad Street as you turn right onto The Paragon. [The Paragon]

* Bath Old Books – A co-operative of 5 experienced book dealers who run this small but fascinating shop. Filled to the brim with general and specialist books on two floors. [9c Margaret Buildings]

* Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights – winner of Independent Bookshop of the Year twice this haven for booklovers is hidden around the back of busy Milsom Street. [14-15 John Street]

* Antique & Map Shop – Located on the world famous Pultney Bridge, this small shop is full of maps from all around the world from the 16th to 19th Centuries; along with books and atlases too. [9-10 Pultney Bridge]

Antique Shops/Markets

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Bath was once filled with lots of independent antique shops at once point, but there has been a decline of late. Some have remained though and the ever popular Bath Vintage & Antiques Market that’s run out of Green Park Station every fourth and first Sunday of the month and is a great place to start searching for that gem that will get you on The Antiques Roadshow! Occasionally on a Saturday there is also a pop up Flea Market in the car park next to the Hilton Hotel on Walcot Street; however there are no regular dates for this, so best just to walk along to check.

* Bartlett Street Antiques Centre – This is a great undercover place to visit where there are over 150 dealer showcases and 12 stands filled with jewellery, fine art, glass, toys and many other pieces of Ephemera and Collectibles. Bath’s Goldsmith Company are also on site for restorations, repairs and commissions. It’s to be found on your way walking up to the Assembly Rooms and Circus. [8 Bartlett Street]

We hope we’ve wet your appetite and that you’re looking forward to Part Two coming soon!

Christmas at The Royal Hotel

The temperature is dropping, the decorations are up, and the festive menus are out; we’re all getting in the Christmas mood here at The Royal Hotel!

Bath has seen the Christmas Lights switched on last week and over the next two weeks will see Bath Ice Rink open in Royal Victoria Park, and the Christmas Market open throughout the city.

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If you’re thinking about visiting Bath, whether to stay or for a day to do some Christmas shopping, make The Royal your port of call. Situated by the train and bus stations, we’re a perfect stop off to warm up with a hot drink and a tasty meal before you start your day; and being in the heart of Bath we’re only minutes from the famous sites and markets which make us a perfect location to lay your tired head after pounding those streets in search of those presents and gifts.

If you’re looking for somewhere to hold a Christmas party or meet up with friends, then our festive menus are online now; you can enjoy lunch from only £10.95 per person, or dinner from £17.95 per person for 2 courses.

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Bookings for stays over the Christmas period are being snapped up, especially our great all inclusive offer where not only do you get all meals, but you can upgrade to include drinks too! Or why not wait until the sales after the 25th, and see in the New Year with us at The Royal Hotel. You’ll enjoy a Gala 8 course dinner with resident DJ and champagne at midnight as well as a great night’s sleep in our comfortable rooms.

We’ve got lots of exciting festive additions coming up too, so let The Royal Hotel put the sparkle in your Christmas this year!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?