Throughout Bath you’ll find a wide array of attractions including the magical Roman Baths, the imposing Bath Abbey and the quirky Fashion Museum.
The top attraction in Bath has to be the Roman Baths, which attract huge numbers of visitors from all over the world each year. Built originally by the Ancient Romans, the Baths date back almost 2,000 years. Today you can stroll around by the Great Bath, hear the costumed characters talk about life back in Roman times, and check out a huge collection of Roman artefacts including ancient coins.
Bath is also home to an interesting selection of museums and galleries. There’s the Jane Austen Centre which is dedicated to Jane Austen, the author of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Other museums and galleries include the Victoria Art Gallery, the Fashion Museum and the Bath Postal Museum.
Architecturally speaking, Bath has a huge number of attractions as the city boasts some of the most stunning examples of Georgian architecture you’ll see anywhere. No trip to Bath is complete without a visit to both The Circus and The Royal Crescent. These residential areas are home to a selection of incredibly beautiful Georgian houses.
After all that culture, you might want to go for a stroll and Bath has plenty of parks where you can do just that. There’s Sydney Gardens which is the oldest park in Bath and the expansive Royal Victoria Park, where you’ll find Bath’s Botanical Gardens, a bandstand, an aviary and lots more.
40 Gay Street, Bath, England
Celebrating the life and times of Jane Austen, the author of such classics as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Emma’, the Jane Austen Centre is filled with a plethora of interesting exhibits. Listen to the guides speak about Jane’s life and her time in Bath upstairs, and then head downstairs to check out the various exhibits including regency era clothing.
Open Nov-Mar Sun-Fri 11am-4.30pm & Sat 9.45am-5.30pm, Apr-Oct daily 9.45am-5.30pm; admission £6.95.
Abbey Church Yard, Bath, England
The imposing exterior of Bath Abbey is one of the first sights you’ll see on your arrival in Bath city centre. This huge cathedral was founded in 1499 and today hosts a stunning collection of stained glass, art works and more under its ornately decorated ceiling. Tours of the Abbey’s 212-step high tour are available, affording visitors with stunning views of the city from the top.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-2.30pm & 4.30pm-5.30pm; admission free to Abbey, Tower tours £5.
Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, England
Dedicated followers of fashion and those who just like to look at something pretty will really enjoy a visit to Bath’s Fashion Museum. Inside you’ll find a large collection of garments including historic dresses from the Georgian era along with more contemporary styles. While there, you can try on a corset to find out just how much effort went into getting dressed in the mid-19th century.
Open daily Nov-Feb 10.30am-5pm, Mar-Oct 10.30am-5pm; admission £7.
19 New King Street, Bath, England
It was right in this house that William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 using a telescope he’d built himself. On a visit to this museum you’ll be able to see the workshop area where Herschel built his equipment and plenty more, all while learning about the cosmos.
Open Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Wednesdays; admission £4.50.
Bridge Street, Bath, England
This art gallery, which you’ll find just off Pulteney Bridge, is a great spot for a wander as it is home to some very interesting works of art. First opened in 1900, the gallery boasts a huge collection of pieces dating from the 15th century to the present day. The gallery also boasts an intriguing collection of glass, watches and porcelain.
Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30pm-5pm, closed Mondays.
Marlborough Lane, Bath, England
Opened back in 1830, Royal Victoria Park covers 57 acres and is a beautiful place for a walk. Not only is it home to an array of colourfully arranged flowers, this park also boasts an aviary, boating pond, playground and bandstand. It’s also home to Bath’s Botanical Gardens.
Outside the Pump Room, Bath, England
One of the best ways to see Bath is by heading along to outside the Pump Room at the Roman Baths and tagging along with one of the Mayor’s Guides as they take you on a free walking tour of the city. As well as getting to see many of Bath’s top attractions, you’ll also get to hear plenty of entertaining stories about the history of the city and much more.
Tours depart Sun-Fri at 10.30am & 2pm, Sat at 10.30am.
Great Pulteney Street, Bath, England
You’ll find Sydney Gardens, Bath’s oldest park, behind the Holborne Museum on Great Pulteney Street. Go for a walk here and you might be walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen who visited the park while she lived in Bath. Today, you’ll see colourful flowerbeds, plenty of open green spaces and tall trees galore.
Open daily from dawn until dusk.
The Circus and the Royal Crescent, Bath, England
Striking architecture is the hallmark of both the Royal Crescent and the Circus, the most stunning examples of the Georgian architecture you’ll see throughout Bath. The Circus was designed by John Wood the Elder and today this unique circle of houses is prime real estate. Over at the Royal Crescent, which was designed by John Wood the Younger, you’ll find 30 houses, each one a spectacular illustration of this architectural style.
SouthGate Place, Bath, England
SouthGate, a shopping centre with a difference, isn’t contained inside one building like more traditional malls. Instead it’s a collection of Georgian-style and pedestrianised streets. Popular with shoppers of all ages, some of the stores you’ll find here include H&M, Calvin Klein, New Look, Apple, Game and Quiksilver.
Open Mon-Wed & Sat 9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
High Street, Bath, England
Home to around 20 different traders, Bath’s historic Guildhall Market is a great place to go if you’re looking for something a bit different. Amongst the numerous stalls operating here you’ll find vintage costume jewellery, second hand books, fancy dress accessories, handbags and plenty more. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure to check out the Bath Humbug Shop which boasts a huge selection of old-school pick-n-mix sweets.
Open daily 9am-5pm/5.30pm.
Milsom Street, Bath, England
If you’re looking for a more high end shopping experience, head for this relatively new shopping complex which is spread out over a couple of levels and boasts a number of boutiques. Everything from high fashion to funky accessories can be purchased here at shops such as Hobbs, Phase Eight and Ted Baker.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
City Centre, Bath, England
A couple of the best streets for shopping in Bath, Union Street and Stall Street lead into each other in the centre of the city. They’re always busy, a mix of hardcore shoppers laden down with bags mingling with strolling window shoppers. HMV, WHSmith, Dune, Disney and Monsoon are just some of the shops you’ll find here, with Union Street also boasting an eclectic collection of stalls selling a wide variety of items including beautiful jewellery.
City Centre, Bath, England
On a stroll down Old Bond Street and New Bond Street you’ll encounter a wide variety of shops whether you’re looking for clothing, interiors, shoes, cosmetics and more. Especially busy at weekends, here you’ll find stores like Gap, Office, Body Shop, Warehouse, Habitat and many, many more.