A lot of people come to Bath to enjoy its history and architecture, theatre and parks. But there are also those who come to Bath because it has a lot to offer any sports fan.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.