We all love to have a bit of a holiday now and again, and it does us all good to have some time away. One of the pleasures of visiting somewhere new is tasting the local cuisine, and in Bath you can be sure it’s as good as you’d expect.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.