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Things to do in Bath

Bath is a beautiful town nestled amongst the rolling hills of southwest England. Renowned for its exquisite Georgian architecture and its natural hot springs, Bath should be next on your list of places to visit.

Bath is absolutely packed full of delights and attractions to keep you entertained on your visit. The only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can truly immerse yourself in this city’s rich history and culture when you visit. The city has been a spa since the Roman times in 60AD when they built their baths, and hot springs were documented here even earlier.

The Georgian Era really saw Bath boom as a spa town, when claims were made about the curative properties of the spring water. Beautiful Georgian architecture can be seen all across the city with the Royal Crescent being the most spectacular example. What makes this architecture unique is the use of the local, honey-coloured Bath stone, which gives the entire city an inviting, warm feel.

 

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Putney Bridge in Bath England

Things to do in Bath

Enjoy the Roman Baths and Thermae Spa Get an authentic glimpse of history when you visit the Roman Baths. Constructed for the purpose of bathing and socialising, this has become one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world. Explore the extensive ruins in an interactive museum filled with fascinating artefacts before taking a sip of the restorative waters. 

Although you can’t take a dip in the original Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa offers the next best thing – a 21st century upgrade. This award-winning natural spa is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in the naturally-occurring warm and mineral-rich waters. Relax with the variety of spa treatments they have to offer, or go for a swim in the rooftop pool with amazing views across the city. The perfect way to relax after a long day sight-seeing!
 
Roman Bath in Bath

Abbey in Bath

Climb Bath Abbey’s Tower

Bath Abbey is an iconic landmark in the city with its stunning stained-glass windows and huge vaulted ceilings. This site has been home to Christian worship for over 1200 years and the Abbey is still an active church with services taking place throughout the week. There is an air of tranquillity to be found here, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

The Bath Abbey Tower Tours are a brilliant way to discover more about this iconic building and its rich history. You’ll be able to explore the bell ringing chamber as well as hidden rooms and passageways inside the Abbey’s ceiling. Marvel at the fantastic views stretching across the city and surrounding countryside before beginning your descent. We recommend booking a tour in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

Delve into Museums and Galleries

Bath has so many different museums to choose from you’ll struggle to decide which ones to visit. The Victoria Art Gallery, right in the centre of the city, is a great place to start. With an impressive art collection spread across two floors you can expect to see pieces by 19th century masters such as Turner, 20th century artists including John Nash, and even contemporary, prize-winning names such as Grayson Perry.

Housed in the Assembly Rooms, an iconic example of Bath’s famous Georgian architecture, the Fashion Museum is a must-see on our list. Lose yourself amongst the displays of everything from exquisite, Shakespearean gloves to contemporary, cutting-edge designs. There is even a dressing room where you can try some of the pieces on, open to adults and children of all ages.

For a different kind of museum experience, head to No. 1 Royal Crescent, another one of Bath’s iconic buildings. This museum has been reconstructed inside to represent how it might have looked when it was first built in the 1700s, with no detail left out. Here you can get a sneak-peak into how the rich and fashionable Bath residents would have lived and decorated their houses all those years ago.

 
Royal Crescent in Bath

Eating and drinking in Bath

Sample some Gastronomic Delights

Bath has gained notoriety as a number one ‘foodie’ destination thanks to its exceptional food and drink scene. If you’re keen to sample the best of the best you’ll be spoilt for choice with the city’s selection of Michelin Star and AA Rosette-wining restaurants. Or you can opt for a more chilled-out vibe by visiting a cosy café or gastropub, of which there are many to discover across the city.

A trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without trying a Sally Lunn Bun, unique to the area. First recorded in 1780, this sweet bread or teacake is a typical Bath delicacy and can often be found served with a quintessential afternoon tea. Visit Sally Lunn’s historic eating house to get a taste of the original ‘bun that isn’t a bun’.

The Bath Abbey Tower Tours are a brilliant way to discover more about this iconic building and its rich history.