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Bath City Guide

Visit historic Bath

Superb Roman remains, glorious Georgian architecture, spring water spas, and first-class shopping – the golden city of Bath has it all. The Romans were really onto something when they built this gem of a city, and after just one visit you’ll be in love with it too.

Top attractions

The Romans discovered Bath’s hot spring waters over 2000 years ago – see just how they enjoyed them at the world-famous Roman Baths .

You can experience the mineral-rich waters for yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa – don’t miss the spectacular views of Bath city from the rooftop pool.

It’s not all about the Romans though – Jane Austen was Bath’s most famous resident, and you can step into her world at the fascinating Jane Austen Centre .


Bath's reputation for shopping dates back to Georgian times - Jane Austen mentions the fashionable Milsom Street in her novel Persuasion, and you can still treat yourself to some designer chic right there.

Stall Street, Union Street, and the SouthGate shopping centre are all home to great high street names, while the Upper Town is a treasure trove of irresistible boutiques and vintage clothing.

If you’re in the market for a great one-off find, head to the creative melting pot that is the Artisan Quarter, where you’ll find a vibrant selection of independent craft and curio shops.

Eating and drinking

Bath is home to a few local delicacies, but there are a couple of crowd-pleasers that rise above the rest. Try the light and airy Sally Lunn Bun at Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House, and the sugary Bath Bun at many of the city’s tearooms.

Speaking of tea, Bath serves a cracking afternoon tea – treat yourself to the champagne version at the Pump Room. And if that gives you a taste for luxury, head to the Michelin starred Bath Priory Restaurant for dinner.

Arts and culture

Bath’s vibrant arts and culture scene offers something for every particular taste.

Traditionalists will love the Victoria Art Gallery, which houses work by leading artists from the 15th century to the present day, and the West End productions at the Theatre Royal.

For something a little different, catch the cutting edge performances at Ustinov Studio, and the contemporary exhibitions and talks at the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts.

Music and nightlife

The Romans were the first to party here, and the party spirit is still going strong in Bath today. Get your night off to a great start with live music or comedy at the Chapel Arts Centre or the award-winning Komedia.

Jazz fans should head to the Green Park Brasserie and Bar, which hosts 4 evenings of live jazz every week. And if you’ve packed your dancing shoes, nightclubs OPA, Second Bridge, and Circo are great venues for dancing the night away.

For families

There’s plenty for little ones to see and do in and around Bath. The Egg at the Theatre Royal is an award-winning theatre especially for children, with a year-round programme of shows and events for kids aged from 18 months to teenagers.

If you’re in town for the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, your little ones will love meeting their favourite authors, illustrators, storytellers, and poets. And if you have animal lovers in the family, a trip to Longleat Safari Park is a must.

History and heritage

A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Britain’s Heritage Cities, Bath is home to some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including the stunning Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge – one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Don’t miss the beautiful Bath Abbey , where the first King of England was crowned in AD973.

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