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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.

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Lovers of the stars, fans of the universe and those interested in astronomy will enjoy a trip to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy on New King Street in Bath. Once to home of William Herschel, his sister Caroline and brother Alexander no. 19 New King Street, Bath was the location where William first discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 using a home-made telescope.

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Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

If you are looking for a rainy day excursion or are an avid fan of art, then the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath is a great way to spend time and make the most of your visit to this beautiful spa city. Families are more than welcome and you can find a full list of events and activities here. Fun days, tours and talks are available, plus a whole host of different exhibitions for you to enjoy.

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A Visit to The Makery

The Makery emporium and workshop is the ideal place to spend a rainy spring day and have some fun experimenting and learning new skills during your stay in the beautiful city of Bath. Unique children’s parties, craft workshops and an emporium full of wonderful items will get your artistic thoughts flowing and provide hours of entertainment even on the wettest day.

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See the Building of Bath Collection

History, architecture and design are the main focal points of the Building of Bath collection and a great way to spend time when you are visiting this beautiful city. The Building of Bath Collection will help you learn about the important buildings, the city’s heritage and people who changed Bath and made it famous as the home to Georgian architecture and many historical monuments.

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Ustinov Studio

Drama, music, theatre performances and more can be seen at the Ustinov Studio in the Theatre Royal, Bath. Over the last 3 years the Ustinov Studio has been the home of many acclaimed premieres of works made locally. This welcoming and beautiful theatre has received great reviews for their productions and you will find the architecture of the building itself is superb.

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Glass Blowing in Bath

The enjoyment of seeing ancient skills brought back to life as well as wonderful pieces of handmade glass taking shape before your eyes can be seen this year in the spa city of Bath. At the Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass you can watch artisans blowing glass, take a glass blowing course or try your hand at stained glass making. You can find unique gifts and jewellery in the shop, order your own commissioned piece or learn more about the art of glass blowing from the friendly and experienced staff and tutors.

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Walk Bath with a Free Walking Guide

Bath is one of those cities that makes you want to take your time and walk your way around it. The nostalgic atmosphere and grand Georgian architecture that have made it famous are best viewed on foot. Happily, the World Heritage Centre Audio Tour can be downloaded as an MP3 free of charge, so visitors can enjoy a day discovering the city without missing a thing.
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Which planet was spotted from a Bath garden?

Bath has seen many firsts, and one of the most significant was the discovery of Uranus by astronomer William Herschel. He used a telescope he designed himself and made the discovery in 1781 right in his own back garden, and the house has been transformed into a small museum to the family’s work. The Herschels were a family of high achievers in their day, and they were talented musicians as well as astronomers.

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