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Things to do in Bath

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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Experience Bath in a Narrow Boat

If you’re looking to add that special touch to your time in Bath, then you need to experience the joy of Bath in a Narrow Boat. This fascinating form of transportation is a highly unique yet fascinating one that will help to make your time in the city unforgettable.

Take a look at the range of Bath Spa breaks available and get ready to enjoy a trip on a narrow boat.

The great news is there are quite a few narrow boat experiences on offer in Bath, which means you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your time here on a whole new level and add that touch of magic to your time away.
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Why you MUST see the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are an incredibly beautiful place to visit, but there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. Spa breaks in Bath usually involve some sort of relaxation, you can escape from busy life and forget about your troubles. When you’re in the city of Bath, why not see how the Romans escaped from busy everyday life?

The Roman Baths are simply incredible and have been a part of the local area since 70AD. Amazingly, these baths are very well preserved and are thought to be one of the best Roman preservation sites in the world.
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Tours Beyond Bath City

If you happen to be in the city to enjoy one of the Bath Spa breaks that so many people love, you’ve no doubt got plans to see what the city has to offer. But, you don’t have to stay in the city while you’re on holiday, you can also venture further afield.

If you would like to get away from Bath for a day, why not book a place on one of the tours that will take you elsewhere? Here are some of the most popular tours that we think you might enjoy:
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7 reasons to visit Bath

Personally I can think of dozens of reasons why you would want to visit bath, but instead of reeling them all off I’m going to give you just 7. I think 7 is a sufficient number that will whet your appetite so to speak and encourage you to visit Bath and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Once you have sorted out your Accommodation in Bath it will then be time to start exploring, and my goodness, there is a lot to explore:

1. Jane Austen

Millions of people visit Bath every year because they know it had a huge impact on Jane Austen’s life and work. In Bath you will find the Jane Austen Centre which pays homage to one of the worlds’ most loved writers. You will also get the chance to see where Austen walked and where she got her inspiration for her novels. 2. The Local Gardens Although Bath may be somewhat of a sprawling and ever-growing city, it’s also home to a large number of parks and gardens. If you love to visit parks and take a gentle stroll or if you love a picnic in a quiet part of a garden somewhere, you’re sure to love Bath. Royal Victoria Park offers you some great views of the city whereas Parade Gardens offer you the chance to relax in very elegant surroundings. 3. The Royal Crescent The Royal Crescent is probably one of Britain’s best known landmarks. Used as a backdrop in many films and a delight to view, this circular row of houses has to be seen to be believed. Built in the 18th century The Royal Crescent is a great spot for a walk and a picnic.

4. The Roman Baths

You simply cannot visit Bath without taking a trip to the Roman Baths and hearing about the Roman’s impact on the area. Steeped in history and an ideal place to bathe in 70AD the baths still fill with water and continue to be a source of fascination almost 2,000 years later.

5. Bath Museums

Bath is full to the brim of museums in fact it has more museums in a square mile than many other cities through-out the world. The American Museum in Britain is a fascinating place to visit as is the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Some museums charge entry while others are free, no matter which one you visit, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

Want to know more about the museums we have here? Why not check out our Bath Museums guide >>

6. Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal, Bath is a charming and fascinating theatre which hosts a wide range of performances and acts through-out the year. Thought to be haunted, this theatre surely has something for everyone and is definitely well worth a visit.

7. The Night Life

Bath is becoming an increasingly popular spot for hen and stag parties. This is because it offers a wide range of different bars, pubs and nightclubs that everyone will enjoy. If you want a quiet weekend away with the girls, you can find that just here, proving that Bath has something for everyone.

With all this and plenty of other things on offer you will soon be able to see why Bath is such an amazing place to visit. 

Museums of Bath

The majority of us love to have a bit of a wander around a museum from time to time. Trips to a museum can often be fun, relaxing and educational. It’s good to know then that Bath is full of a lot of different museums. You will in fact be hard-pressed to find a city that has as many museums in one square mile as Bath does.

Lets’ take a look at some of the most popular museums in the wonderful city of Bath:

Bath Postal Museum

This fascinating museum is ideal if you’ve come to Bath to relax and enjoy Bath Spa breaks. If you would like a gentle stroll around a museum that has helped to build the history of Britain, this is the right place for you. Learn how the post office was developed and how it grew to become what it is today. Discover how post was sent in ancient, Roman, medieval and in other ages in the UK and beyond. Found at 27 Northgate Street, the Postal Museum will prove to be both enlightening and fascinating.

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum

Home to one of the oldest houses in the city of Bath, Sally Lunn’s pays homage to a young lady who came to Bath from France to escape persecution. Within just a few years Sally Lunn became well known for her wonderful Bath bun that has become world famous. The museum gives you the chance to see the original kitchen that Ms. Lunn baked in and it also gives you the chance to taste a Bath bun too. Found at 4 North Parade Passage, Sally Lunn’s is well worth a visit.

American Museum in Bath

The American Museum in Bath is thought to contain one of the finest collections of American memorabilia outside of the United States. With interactive exhibitions and a great event calendar, this museum surely has something for everyone. Located at Claverton Manor, Claverton Down, the museum highlights the civil war, and the colonial times. With exhibitions taking place through-out the year, the American Museum is well worth a visit and will please the entire family.

The Holburne Museum

Located at Great Pulteney Street, The Holburne Museum is home to a fine collection of art. It doesn’t matter what form of art you love the most, this museum houses collections you’re sure to love. There are many pieces on display that have never been seen before and you may also be lucky enough to see whole exhibitions that have never been seen before either. There is a constant hive of activity at the Holburne Museum and hands-on activities will please people of all ages as will the variety of creative workshops.

The great news is that admission to this wonderful museum is absolutely free but if you wish to see one of the temporary exhibitions you will need to pay a fee. The garden café is a great place to rest after your walk around the museum, and the park offers you the chance to walk off those slices of cake that proved too good to resist. 

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