5 Must See Sites On A Tour of Bath

What To See On A Tour of Bath
Should you have an opportunity to take a tour of Bath, you’ll be delighted at all this city has to offer. In Bath there are so many fascinating adventures, you’ll just have to decide on where to start. You can relax on a spa break, visit diverse museums, or marvel at the grand historic architecture. If you’d like, you can even take a trip back in time and walk in the same steps as Roman soldiers or British Kings. For something livelier, you could take in a live concert, see a comedy act at the theater, or get the best view of the city from high above in a hot air balloon.

To help you plan your tour of Bath, here are just a few must-see attractions:

The Roman Baths
Take a walk-through tour of this ancient site and see up-close where the natural hot waters still flow. The warm and mineral-rich springs were first popularized in 863 BC by British King Bladud. Legend has it that the healing waters in the springs cured his leprosy, and he founded the City of Bath as a tribute.

Later, when the Roman Empire occupied Britain, a temple was built over the spa waters and it became a grand Roman Bath House. The Roman Bath House was used as a place of rest and relaxation for Roman soldiers and soon became Europe’s leading health resort in the18th and 19th centuries.

Thermae Bath Spa
No tour of Bath is complete without the experience of soaking in Britain’s only natural thermal waters. You can select from a variety of spa treatments specifically designed to relax the body and soothe the mind. You can choose a full day spa break in Bath, or even enjoy a 2 or 4 hour session. You won’t want to miss the spectacular view of the country side from atop the Open-air Rooftop Pool.

Cheddar Gorge
Rising 450 feet, Britain’s largest gorge is a spectacular site to behold. You can traverse to the top for a panoramic view from Lookout Tower where you can see miles of country side. If you fancy yourself as a cave dweller, take a tour through Cox’s Cave and into the Crystal Quest where you will marvel at the natural mirror pools and calcite structures underground.

The Circus
Construction of the Circus in Bath took 14 years to complete. And in 1768, this novel design of architecture prompted plenty of commentary. John Wood the Elder took his inspiration from the Colosseum in Rome, and thought his design “theatrical”. When viewed from the air, it forms what is thought to be a Masonic symbol.

Pulteney Bridge
Known as one of the most romantic bridges in the world, Pulteney Bridge is definitely one of the most beautiful. The bridge crosses the River Avon and is only one of four bridges world-wide that has shops built along both sides. The film version of Les Misérables features this wonderful landmark.

Spa Break? Visit Bath Thermae Spa

Although the Celts found it first, the Romans brought life to the baths in the UK. People have been coming to Bath in Somerset for thousands of years to dip into the naturally warm spring waters. From the Celts to the Romans, through the Georgian period and up to now, people have been flocking to this beautiful city to indulge in the waters. That is, until the 1970’s, when the springs were closed to bathers for sake of caution, as there were safety concerns. The new baths opened in 2006 and have been the spa break haven ever since.

Bath Thermae Spa is Britain’s one and only natural thermal spa. The waters are pristine, warm, crystal clear, and contain over 40 minerals, thought to be incredibly therapeutic. You’ll marvel at the unique blend of the “old” historic spa buildings combined with the “new” contemporary design of the New Royal Bath. There are no memberships, you need only purchase a 2-hour, 4-hour, or day-long spa session.

When you enter the spa, you’ll get a wristband that allows access to all parts of the new facility. The band acts as a key, to access to your personal locker, and the “smart” wristband enables you to make purchases at the in-house restaurant. No need to carry keys or money!

On the ground floor is the indoor Minerva Bath. The round shape and the colorful lighting set the tone for a relaxing afternoon. The warm waters in the Minerva Bath are accentuated by a whirlpool and revitalizing massage jets. A steam room is available with four separate “steam pods” that are infused with varied aromatic scents. You can also take refreshing waterfall shower.

There may be nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than soaking in the heated waters from the open-air rooftop pool. Day or night, you can immerse yourself while taking in the beautiful skyline of the city. From the pool you can see Bath Abbey and listen to the tolling of the bells.

With 42 different spa treatments available to choose from, the Bath Thermae Spa is the place for the quintessential spa break. You could opt for a gentle hot stone treatment, a relaxing bamboo massage, or an aromatherapy hot oil massage. The signature treatment at Thermae is the Watsu. This treatment in the historic Hot Bath, you will float in the mineral rich waters, while your muscles are being gently stretched, guided and massaged by highly a skilled therapist.

In a separate building, just across the street, is the Cross Bath. The Cross has its own changing rooms and its own open-air thermal bath fed by an independent spring. The pool can be used for quick visits or as a unique venue for you and up to 12 friends for a private bath.

Many B and B’s in Bath offer unique spa break packages with the Thermae Spa. Some include champagne, tours of the Roman Bath Museum, and the Pump Room.

Treat mum this Mother’s Day with a Bath Cake Company workshop

If you’re planning a Mother’s Day break in Bath this March and you’d like to surprise mum with something different then how about a Bath Cake Company workshop? The workshops are a fun way to learn new skills, and you’ll have something to show for your efforts at the end of the class. They’re a great way to spend time doing something unique with mum, and there’s a special mother and daughter cupcake workshop on 30th March.
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Running the half marathon? You’ll need the spa

It’s almost time for the good old Bath Half, and we’d like to wish those of you who’ll be running the best of luck for the race. Better yet, we have an idea that may be just what you need to keep you going throughout the 13 miles…why not reward yourself with one of the spa breaks in Bath that have made the city famous?
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Pick up a bargain at the Antiques and Collectors Fair this March

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

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

It’s an exciting time of year here in Bath as the Bath Half Marathon (affectionately known as the ‘Bath Half’) takes place on 2nd March. Yes, the brave runners will be checking their trainers still fit and creating motivational playlists as they get ready to run their socks off in the name of charity. Whether you’re getting ready to join the runners or just to go and cheer them on it’s bound to be a fantastic atmosphere throughout the city.

The Bath Half is one of the UK’s most established charity events and it raises more than £1.5 million every year. Thanks to the flat, level nature of the marathon course it’s a popular one for first timers and is suitable for runners of all levels of ability – and that means a real mix of people and a great day for all. The course is completely free from traffic and includes stints on either side of the River Avon, and it begins and finishes in Great Pulteney Street.

The historic city makes a unique setting for the half marathon, and if you’re going to be running then why not combine the event with one of the available from the Bath spa breaks Royal Hotel?

Get browsing at Bath Artisan Market

Spring is the time of year when we start thinking about clearing everything out and buying new, and that means we need a shopping weekend to replace everything. A weekend break in Bath means one thing and one thing only for those of you who are thinking about giving the house (or yourselves) an overhaul – a visit to Bath Artisan Market.

Held on the second Sunday of each month, the market is completely undercover and offers the handiwork of more than 80 talented designers – all in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. There’s no pressure to buy, so if you prefer to take your time and browse you’ll be more than welcome, and within moments of arriving you’ll be noticing unique items that your home just can’t do without. The stalls also include local produce to keep you going, as well as a special area where children can try their hands at crafts too.

If all that shopping sounds a little bit tiring then why not book one of the Royal Hotel’s Bath spa breaks? The breaks are ideal for two people and include two nights at the stylish hotel, breakfast or dinner (depending on the package) and a trip to the Thermae spa nearby.